We spend so much time in our lives obtaining knowledge, while simultaneously losing our childlike innocence and joy. To me, being “born again” means to return to a childlike state after attaining adult-like intelligence. It is said that in the pursuit of knowledge, everyday something is learned; while in the pursuit of Tao (or Heaven in this case), everyday something is unlearned. Unlearning, and again seeing the world with fresh eyes, is where enlightenment is found.
Children view the world with uncomplicated wonder and merriment, they delight in the beauty of nature, smile easily, and love freely (for the most part haha). Nature intends for children to be able to laugh, dance, sing, and play without being burdened with any cares. (Sadly, this is not always the case, which is why this site is dedicated to helping children in need so that they may live lives closer to that reality!)
To be able to consciously allow ourselves to be free and live life unburdened…without constant guilt, regret, criticism and judgement…is the real key to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. So allow yourself to laugh more, love more, play more, dance more, and sing aloud with reckless abandon! Taking life less seriously, unburdening ourselves, and delighting in everything is where the beauty of life is found.
Photo source: ballerina Misty Copeland
Note: Misty Copeland truly deserves her own post! At age 30, she is the first African-American Female soloist for the American Ballet Theatre…one of the three leading ballet companies in the United States. She is a beautiful and amazing talent!