Your Inner Rebel Child

Updated: Jul 31, 2020


Hiya sweet friend!

Ever heard the phrase "we all have an inner child"? This picture reminds me to practice compassion towards my own inner child.(I'm the one with the missing teeth :) The inner child is responsible for the rational fears that keep us safe as well as the irrational fears that keep us constrained. This inner child is also the part of us that seeks to rebel from the usual (in positive or negative ways.) Why is this important? With proper tending to your inner child you can:

  • Engage with gratitude

  • Sooth big and little fears

  • Embrace The Rebel Inside

  • Choose unexpected fun

How can we tend to our inner child? Here are a few tried and true ways.

Begin by thanking that fear. Thank it for working so hard to make sure that you feel love, safety and belonging.

1. Engage with gratitude: when irrational fears pop up, begin by thanking that fear. Thank that little afraid child for the times when it has kept you safe from very real dangers. Thank it for working so hard to make sure that you feel love, safety and belonging.


2. Sooth big and little fears: Your inner child thinks in either/or. As your resilient adult-self, remind your inner child that there is a third way. Make a list of people who experienced what she is facing and succeeded-successful, joyful people who chose both and more. Reassure that little child. Look in a mirror and speak truth over yourself, “I will always, always have your back. I will help you up, dust you off and make sure you keep showing up. I promise I will do whatever is needed to provide for you and make sure you are safe. You are so deeply loved. I love you.” Yes it can be uncomfortable and yes it IS a game-changer.

On a whim, I donned my bikini and went squealing out into the downpour. It was the most energizing fun I’ve had in a long time.

3. Embrace The Rebel Inside: “I’ve been SOOO good this week, a pint of ice cream can’t hurt tonight...and tomorrow night...and the next night.” This inner rebel is a firecracker. Thank her for keeping you adventurous and fun loving, share some positive possibilities with her by making an “Adventure List” that is still aligned with your long term goals. This could include cutting tags off that say “do not remove” or prancing around the house in your most glamorous outfit, prank calling a friend etc. As long as it is safe for yourself, others or your long term goals.


4. Choose unexpected fun: Last night it was storming. We have lights strung up on our balcony and I found Tony watching the rain and the lights through the glass. Beads of water had caught on the screen creating a sparkling lens. It was like looking through a chandelier. On a whim, I donned my bikini and went squealing out into the downpour. It was the most energizing fun I’ve had in a long time. Basil LOVED it and was jumping around in glee. Tony was grinning when I got back in. So when the notion strikes, allow yourself some fun.

Wishing you many dances in the rain.

Wishing you many dances in the rain.

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