Most of us harbor inner children who feel disgruntled, dissatisfied, and woefully ignored. What better way to pay attention to your inner child–and give her what she deeply needs–than to take her on a play-date formulated with her unique elemental qualities in mind?
First, take the quiz to find out what elemental type your inner child is. Then we give lots of fun ideas for activities that will nourish and inspire, amuse and delight you both! Itís all right here:
First, find out which elemental type the child who still lives inside you is most nearly like: Your Inner Child Quiz.
If you are a Sword/Air child:
Go to a library and check out something totally new to you. Get a book on tape to teach yourself a new skill. Learn how to play chess or some other game of strategy. Have a gathering of friends and tell each other meaningful life-stories around a theme. Join a just-for-fun sports team and play hard. Take up crossword puzzles. Climb a big hill or a tree, or ride a tall Ferris wheel–see from the perspective of higher-up.
If you are a Wand/Fire child:
Try performing: karaoke can be great if you like to sing, or audition for a local community theatre just for fun. Take up power-walking or dance-lessons, drumming or using a hammer to build something. Make a fire in your backyard–in a grill if your town doesnít allow bonfires–and really enjoy watching and hearing and smelling it. Dance around it if you want to! Fire-gaze and look for images in the embers. Toast marshmallows or make smores.
If you are a Cup/Water child:
Try watercolors–or finger paints!–and get your fingers wet, messy, and colorful. Write an emotional poem or song and then recite it or sing it to yourself. Make a small doll of your child-self and treat it with tenderness. Rent a tear-jerker on video or DVD and allow yourself to cry a river if you want to. Make a pilgrimage to a body of water and wade or go swimming. Or take a luxurious bath with seasalt and essential oils.
If you are a Pentacle/Earth child:
Get your hands dirty: dig a hole just for fun, or make mudpies. Visit a local animal shelter and volunteer to walk the dogs or pet the cats. Get a full-body massage. Spend time sitting outdoors simply observing nature. Try doing this exercise with a piece of fruit: connect with it through every sense, noticing what it looks like, smells like, feels like, how it sounds when you stroke it. Then and only then, taste it–tiny bites only–and really allow yourself to have the full experience of it.
By Cait Johnson, co-author of Celebrating the Great Mother (Inner Traditions, 1995).