We all have an inner child that still has unmet needs. Participating in inner child work allows you to get in touch with your inner child and heal old wounds. We can often reparent our younger selves by giving them what they needed then, today, in our current lives.
One easy practice you can do to start this inner child healing is meditation. Here is a script for a quick, shorter version, of a guided meditation to begin:
Get in a position where you feel comfortable. When you are ready close your eyes. Start to breathe in deeply through your nose and out through your mouth. Let the wave of relaxation wash over you.
Now, I want you to bring up an image of yourself between the ages of 3 to 12. Try to visualize yourself.
What age are you?
What does your hair look like?
What are you wearing?
Where do you live?
What do you like to eat?
Who were your friends?
Notice yourself and what the world looks like from your child perspective.
How is your child feelings?
Turn towards your child and ask them, “what do you need from me?” If you can give your child self it. If not promise to give it when you can.
Now ask, “what do you need to hear from me?” Take your child self’s hands and tell them what they need to hear.
Look at your child in the eyes and then tell you love them, you honor them, you hear them, and they have always been enough.
Tell your child that you will see them later and take another deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. When ready go ahead and open your eyes and rejoin the present.
How was that for you? Oftentimes, people become washed over by the emotion of their inner child. Maybe you gave the child you a hug that it needed or a voice when it felt unheard. This is one tool you can use to reparent your inner child and heal the wounds you still feel to this day.
If you are interested in inner child healing, then working with a therapist could help you explore those connections deeper.