I’ve heard that while we are babies, we can still remember our past life, and that we know many things which we slowly forget as time passes.
My mom said that when I was very little, my first words were, “Happy happy!” I would say this while bouncing and clapping my hands. She always gets a big smile on her face when she tells me that.
This morning I was meditating and practicing the Four Establishments of Mindfulness. During the second part, which is feelings, I was breathing in and saying internally, “I feel happy”, and then breathing out and saying, “I feel happy.” In that moment I saw myself as a little girl, bouncing and chanting, “Happy happy.”
I thought, “Wow, I already had this all figured out back then. I guess I forgot and now I’m reminding myself.”
I wonder if I still remembered who I was when I was learning to say “Happy.”
It’s funny and terrifying, but someone recently compared the process of re-birth, or reincarnation, to be like “attending junior high school, over and over again.”
Maybe I am currently relearning things I already know. But hopefully I’m getting better at them each time around. 🙂