Yesterday we considered the narrative-creating, coherence-seeking internal work young children do to make sense of their worlds. Certainly it was implied that we must find ways to enter those worlds—and to invite parents to enter—if we are going to be effective in either assessment or intervention.
What is required? Have we noticed that we are these children? While we may have histories far less dominated by loss and trauma, we have still engaged in the coherence-seeking process. We wrote our own “stories”. Do we know them? More importantly, do we recall the struggle to make our experience coherent?
This morning’s intensive will give us a rare chance to sit with our own experience, to increase our own mindfulness, and to then imagine what the key results of mindfulness (attunement, presence, wondering, following, holding) could be for the next young child (and family) with whom we sit.