Monday, September 24, 2012

Bomb or Baby? You Choose

You may have seen this photo on the news today.  Patrolling Polish soldiers found this little girl abandoned on the side of a road in southern Afghanistan.

How frightening it must have been to go near the towel in which she was wrapped, no one else around for a mile!  The soldiers knew the risk of hidden roadside bombs along the route to their Waghez military base.  

But they were brave enough to look within.   

They named her "Pola" (after Poland), and brought her to a medical center on their base.  They also bought her some formula and a bib.  :-)

I cannot imagine the pain her mother could be suffering, to have left her daughter this way -- or to have had her taken from her.  Who knows what led up to this infant being left behind?   

Those who practice Ho'oponopono may also find something useful here.  In many trainings I've heard how we so often abandon own inner child, or Unihipili, and do not take care of it.  We may not even realize this is happening.  How this child has suffered inside us, for eons!

Being the container of all unconscious memories plus the runner of our bodies, our Unihipili carries major importance to our survival.  It also connects us with higher aspects of ourselves, linking us directly to Divinity.

Ho'oponopono trainings teach practices for caring for our Unihipili in a moment to moment way. 
It can also be like a "bomb" in our lives, if we don't -- and we'll wonder what happened when situations continue blowing up.  It makes itself known, and we can befriend and love it if we choose.

I often think of people dealing with trauma, who shut off their inner responses to get through the day.  Later there are flashbacks, insomnia, hypervigilance, irritability, and the sense that nowhere is safe.  Learning to care for ourselves -- especially our more "primitive" parts -- is an essential lifetime journey, even without histories of major trauma. 

I salute these Polish soldiers for taking a chance on this little girl -- and giving her a chance too.  So young, she would have died otherwise.  

What about your own inner child?  Is s/he safe inside you?  I'm hugging mine very gently today, while cleaning along with this story.

Thank you Morrnah Nalemaku Simeona, for the processes in Self-Identity Through Ho'oponopono that offer us peace no matter where we are.

Peace begins with me,
Pam 
 

4 comments:

Pascale said...

Thanks for this beautiful story reminding us to take good care of our inner child.
Pascale

Pam Pappas MD said...

Dear Pascale,

Thank you for commenting -- I am so glad you enjoyed the story.

Pam

Michelle Bailey said...

I just saw this post and had to comment. This is such a valuable reminder to gently and tenderly nurture and support our inner child. Thank you for sharing this story.

Michelle

Michelle Bailey said...

I just saw this post and had to comment. This is such a valuable reminder to gently and tenderly nurture and support our inner child. Thank you for sharing this story.

Michelle