Close your eyes and picture, in the depths of your heart, a most beautiful child, four or five years old – more beautiful, far more beautiful, more radiant than any child you have ever seen.

This child does not speak, but only smiles, smiles through its eyes and with its whole being. To see this child is to be enveloped in a wave of smile, to become a thrill of pure smile.

This child is breathing, blissful divinity – beauty incarnate, purity incarnate, simplicity, sweetness, charm and innocence incarnate, perfect beyond imagination. You simply cannot take your eyes off him or her. Your heart is all love, concern and affection; you are drawn only to protect, support and attend to this child. All you long for is for the child to be happy, pure and free. In the child’s smile is your complete joy and fulfilment.

This child is your soul.

After some time, somehow you become distracted and find yourself thinking of some mundane thing.

The child’s smile is gone.

The child is gone.

Shattered, you cry, you lament, you are all anguish and remorse …

Silently, slowly, from a clearing mist, your divine child reappears, its stern face peering straight into you.

Never again will you neglect your divine child.

Just as we feed our body every day in response to the body’s hunger, so we must feed our divine soul-child every day with our heart’s love and concern. To feed our soul, we only need to love, admire and adore it with all our heart. This requires a clear mind and sure focus: in other words, it requires meditation. Meditation invokes our soul by clearing space in our consciousness, allowing our soul in silent stillness to shine and smile through our heart, mind and life.

Related content

50: Our Five Levels of Being (2) – The Vital There are two convenient ways to represent a model of our five levels of being. One way is as a 5-story building, where the body is the ground floor a...
10: Never Give Up! The first few weeks and months of a beginner’s meditation practice are the time we are most likely to give up. Sitting still and attempting to quieten...
44: Mantra in Practise (2) After chanting all the words on your list in turn, each for a minute or two, conclude with the mantra “AUM” for a while. Feel that the sound is emanat...
72: Morning Meditation – Gliding from a Height There is a widely held view that we are all either “morning people” or “NOT morning people”. Those who regard themselves as NOT morning people tend to...