Become Like Little Children
Jesus tell us that we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven unless we become like little Children. Picasso says that all children are artists and the problem is how to remain artists after we grow up. There are countless referals to childlikeness in Zen Buddhism. The Sufis believe that the best way to please God is to return to a child like purity. I hear many people quote sayings on being childlike and then the person goes into a long explanation as to what being like a child involves. Funny, it seems to me that this is one of the aspects of adult behavior that stands directly counter to that childlike consciousness. Take the photo above, this little girl is in the moment and that in itself is what I find most attractive about this image. Sure the light is cool, there are colors and falling water but she is oblivious to all of that at least consciously, she simply having fun. While watching the kids play my mind ran to thoughts concerning the cleanliness of the water, being in a huge pool filled with hundreds of kids I was kind of heading toward the ick factor. She however was just busy trying to catch droplets of water on her toungue and enjoying the feeling as they dropped on her face and hands. We as adults overthink things, kids as a rule don't they just do. This is the essence of what I think Jesus, Picasso, Suzuki, the Sufis and I am sure great minds in other religions and philosophical traditions are reffering to. It is this that allows us to apprehend our natures and that of others without getting so over involved in thought and judgmentalness.
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