Recently, I worked with a young girl, aged 9, let’s call her Kara, who was having a problem with her “bad thoughts’, about her grandpa passing away due to covid. She became withdrawn and frightened about death, thinking about it a lot. A while back, we worked together, so Kara was already aware of the power of thought to create her moment to moment experience. She had already seen much about it, “I do not see that out there, do I, not really”, she once said to me, “I only see it inside my mind”. Her insight was a game-changer, her spark returned, and she was enjoying life once again until now.
We both knew that her thoughts would eventually change, but still, she preferred at this moment not to have them and be so frightened. My heart went out to her, hey me too!
We sat together, and I waited for something to occur that might be helpful. There was a feeling in me that was quiet and deeper; I suggested that we explore nature and the circle of life. Kara identified the leaves growing and falling off the trees, how some creatures live for a short time only to be dinner for others, and then she realised how we are born, grow, age and eventually die ourselves. Our discussion appeared to normalise the ageing process, and she became aware of the brilliance of the many intelligent life systems; we do not usually notice.
I don’t know what happened, but Kara appeared to get some distance from her troublesome thinking as we oriented towards nature’s magnificence. Her eyes lit up, and we decided to make a poster for her classroom to let her friends know they don’t need to be scared of their thinking; it’s part of nature and comes and goes!