One of the most wonderful things about children is that they are little buddhas living in the perpetual now…immersed in their experience. An experience comes; it goes. Life changes, and they flow with it.

As parents, we click to capture their nows on Instagram. We catalogue their creations in portfolios, desperate to cement all those wonderful nows, so we never forget and never let go.

Observing Elka in her state of making this week, I realised that children’s creativity is a wonderful practice in transience. Although we hastily photograph their creations, or file them away, they don’t care if their beautiful artwork dissolves. It was the making which was the magic. The lasting doesn’t matter much to them.

This week, we collected pretty petals from the garden in baskets, and stuck them onto coloured paper. I quickly took my camera to them, knowing: a. the petals would be blown away and b. the petals would quickly brown and die.

Transient flower art
Transient flower art

My photo-making was irrelevant to Elka. She enjoyed collecting and sticking petals onto paper. She didn’t care if our petal art later disappeared was scrunched and thrown in the bin.

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Transient flower art

Elka loves to paint, but she especially loves this Buddha Board. It sits on our dining room table, and through the day, Elka takes water to board, and paints. It doesn’t matter what she paints, because at some point her design dries and disappears. It was the painting which was the fun bit.

Buddha Board
Buddha Board

As you probably know from reading Heart Mama, I love the lessons from children. With children, I am learning to be patient, learning how to play and learning to be in the moment. I am also learning to let things go, and let flower petals brown.

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