As an Unschooling parent, I learn so much alongside my children. I do not pour knowledge into them as the "all-knowing" wise one, or hover over them simply observing as they follow through with activities that I dictate. Our life isn't like that.
Our life is a dance of authentic connection and respect.
It's important that my kids see me learning, growing and pursuing my passions and interests, as well as nurturing theirs. Sometimes it is hard to surrender to my creative side. I've pretty much mastered being present with my kids at this point in our Unschooling lives. It can be harder sometimes for me to be Present with myself.
What does being Present truly mean?
For some people it is a way of life. For others it remains a mystery and a challenge, while for yet others it’s an unfathomable concept. Over the years I’ve come to more fully appreciate the underlying dynamic that ‘being present’ evokes. My current understanding is that a first aspect is to ‘be present with yourself in your experience of the moment you’re in'. The deeper aspect is about inviting our ‘inner presence’ into our lives. This requires a whole lot more than merely being physically present.
Some ways in which I practice being Present is doing Kundalini Yoga, painting, being out in nature and focusing on my inner body while exercising. Our minds are only a tool. They aren't *Us*. Most people in our culture spend their time either thinking about the past or worrying about the future. This is a way of living on autopilot. It takes a conscious effort to connect with our Inner Beings and who we really are and step out of our minds and simply Be in the Now.
By inviting ourselves ‘to be present’ moment to moment, we tune in to a higher frequency of awareness. We open to a state of curiosity, creativity and wonder. And, in so doing we partner with life and our sub-conscious mind to show us more of who we truly are. We invite our spirit, our essence, our core being into our life. And the moment our Spirit joins in, that is when we Sparkle!