Being New

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Every morning, I take our 10 week old son Hudson for about 2 hours before I head off for work.

Just a few weeks ago, I watched him as he started to recognize that the two feet less than 24 inches below him were his. He gazed at his toes for minutes, grunting and cooing.

I was sure, in that moment, if I could see into his brain, I would see flashes of electrical currents bouncing around the inside of his skull forming the connections — spacial recognition, motion patterns, feeling and sensations — that would be with him for a lifetime.

It was a lot of processing for his new, little mainframe.

As I watched him that morning, I thought that if he needed to learn everything at once, he’d freeze up as quickly as a 7 year old computer.

This morning, he did something new.

During our time together, I watched him as he stuffed his finger and fist into his mouth. I’d seen him do this before, but for the first time, he managed to reach far enough back to gag himself. This didn’t make him happy, and instantly he furrowed his brow and let out a little whimpering cry.

Another lesson learned.

These are just two of the millions he’ll learn in his life — none of them all at once and some repeated until saved and stored.

For all of us, even as adults, being new to something takes time, but it would be worth our time to take a lesson from our previous, much younger selves…

Learn one thing at a time with complete focus, never rush, and don’t be afraid to try something new — regardless of the consequences — to not only grow, but to survive.

Your question of the day: How good are you at being new?

Live Awesome!

P.S. This story is a good lesson on how to “be new” about news that rocks your foundation.

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Velda says:

    Ten weeks old, already!! WOW! He is so precious and alert. He has noticed his feet already. If memory serves me correct, he’s actually doing this a little early. Kevin, what a touching piece today. My life is so much routine and hum drum (busy hum drum) that it is difficult for me to answer your question. I would not say that I am afraid to try “most” new things, but at 65 years old, you become a little more aware of what really is new, or what seems new but is really old. Of course, even if it is old (like discovering your feet), that doesn’t mean that it isn’t new to you. Really enjoyed this, Kevin. Very warm and touching. Thanks,

  2. Sarah says:

    Right now I’m learning how to be new. More specifically, I’m learning to tune into myself and listen for the inward nuances, impressions and intuitions that are whispering for my attention. For that part of me that’s been locked up and disconnected, the part of me that wants to shine and be noticed.

    So I’m learning to be good at being new!

  3. Denise says:

    He is sooooo precious!!

  4. wendy green says:

    what a lovely blog post kevin. i love how attentively you watched hudson, i love the image of you entering his brain and observing the connects. took me right back to when oliver was a baby. as parents, we learn so much about life, and ultimately ourselves, our children are our teachers. i am real good at being new. i think it’s one of my talents. new is exciting, new is an opportunity for growth. new is now. thank you.

  5. Bobbie Jo says:

    Recently I enrolled in a seven-week audio program on EFT – the Tapping Solution. It was brilliant, and it changed my life patterns significantly, especially my ability to *sleep* well. Whenever I’m tense or scared of something (new or old), I tap to release the anxiety. Thank you Kevin for a terrific blog today about your adorable son.
    P.S. I am reminded of a famous quote from Moshe Feldenkrais: “The nervous system can learn in one session when there is no pain or fear involved, and nonhabitual movement is used.”

  6. Melissa says:

    i think this ‘being new now’ is akin to what the meditation teachers called “being here, now”; i.e. being present to the present moment.

    what a wonderful blog about you/your son’s discovery. Congratulations!!

  7. cid says:

    Each day is new

    Fantastic a picture of Hudson, TY
    His eyes are unreal 🙂 Awesome Hat lol

  8. Ed says:

    Double blessed dad,first to have him,then blessed with a day that gives you two hours with him to charge you up. When his little brother viktorus arrives Hudson will already be a natural leader. Every blessing I can muster is comeing to your family.

  9. Therese says:

    Hudson is so cute and I am sure he will be as smart as his Daddy and Maman. Thanks for sharing your sweet moments with him.

  10. Maritza says:

    Sweet, touching and insightful. Thank you for sharing with us the lessons that only a new baby can bring….
    I’ll bet the things you will learn from him in your lifetime will be far greater than the things he learns from you.
    … and one day he will learn from his sons and daughters…
    ahhh, the circle of life!

  11. Ed says:

    My bad dad, two hours a day to charge you and him up.

  12. Helen says:

    One of your best, Kevin

  13. “Just a few weeks ago, I watched him as he started to recognize that the two feet less than 24 inches below him were his.”

    Reading this slowly, I actually kind of “stumbled” over these words in my head. I stumbled over the idea that “two feet” and “24 inches” had the same meaning (in my thinking). But it would not mean quite the same to use the two things interchangeably, as in:

    Just a few weeks ago, I watched him as he started to recognize that the 24 inches less than two feet below him were his.

    HeHe! I apologize! Feel free to delete this corny and self-serving comment post. I will still consider the three of you to be friends!

    How about this for a “tie-in” (to this comment, anyway!)? This “stumbling over words” thing reminds me of another kind of “stumbling over words”:

    Warren Freedlund

  14. Davor says:

    I love your posts Kevin. Down to Earth and real, always. 😉 I’m gonna never regret subscribing to your website. Your posts helped me educate myself in nutrition and helped me being a healthy vegan for years now.

    Keep up the great work! Live awesome! 🙂

  15. barbara says:

    He is so cute. I’m dropping off some stuff for him at your office tomorrow about 5pm. Will you be there? Have to get a friend to drive around the block no place to park on Durant. See you tomorrow afternoon. Barbara

  16. Brenda says:

    Bravo! I loved the article. New things at the GYM, new things in my health business/practice, new friends. Change and exploration is good. I am stretching myself out of my familiar comfort zone. Life is good. Peace & hugs.

  17. michelle says:

    What a dear little boy – very beautiful with amazing eyes(the mirrors of the soul!!)

  18. Eric says:

    Learn one thing at a time ……very Zen Kevin. Congratuations Kevin and welcome the The Fatherhood. I have learned much about myself through my children (3) for the past decades. I’m sure you will too. Enjoy!

  19. Sharron Dugan says:

    Loved your son’s beautiful picture and your relating the wonder of each new day with him. I am studying infant reflexes and the great benefit that comes from tummy time. Especially around 10-12 weeks regular time connects the eyes, ears, hands as they move their head and eyes trying to weightshift on forearms. Even as adults going back to these early positions on the stomach, in sleep position, etc improve inner ear function, vision and hearing. I feel I am becoming “new” (at age 64) as I return to these patterns of development learned from Janet Oliver, neurodevelopmental specialist and owner of Plan for Learning in Minnesota. She has a great blog too. Children have so much to teach us because God has designed stages of development. Keep him out of infant seats, swings, walkers and let him be blessed on the floor.
    Blessings to you and your family.

  20. Joanna says:

    Yes, what a charmer. It brought me joy just to gaze at the picture. When I had my 45th b’day, 20 years ago, I realized that the way to stay young was to always do something new. Since then I’ve skydived, snorkeled and moved to Africa. Of course, everything is new here and I’m loving it. So much to learn and incorporate into my new life. I am challenged and invigorated. All the newness keeps me present to the now. I’ve had locals tell me that I know more about their area than they do! I encourage anyone who reads this to follow your dreams and your heart. It’s never too late. My email name is excuse buster because there is never a reason not to be happy and fulfilling your purpose and potential. Blessings to all

  21. Kuru says:

    Beginner’s mind. That’s all you need. Goo goo. Ga Ga.

    Cute little guy!

  22. Frances says:

    What a gorgeous little boy.Knowing that This too will pass just makes a moment like that more precious.I remember hand in hand with my little grandson we went for a walk one day. I can remember the moment I looked at him thinking I will always remember this moment as his innocent little face looked up at me. He is now married and the memory is just like it was yesterday.

  23. Mike Maybury says:

    At 77 I look back briefly at large changes in my life. It is fascinating how we adapt to these changes and quickly re-find the equilibrium of life or, in some of these cases, achieve a greatly enhanced life.
    At age 33 I lost a business that I’d taken 12 years to build. Within a short while I enjoyed hours in the sun with a small business on the beach. I learnt so many new things at this time, being free from the normal business worries.
    After things went badly wrong at a later date, I learnt how fantastic a life in the sun can be(I live in the United Kingdom- not blessed with very sunny weather oir happy people!)As I learnt some of the Spanish traditions, a whole new vista of life opened.
    Only recently, after a small health event which needed emergency care at a hospital,a consultant insisted that I cut back on exercise. As a consequance I, again, recollected some of the Spanish attitudes and introduced these to our local town. The results, almost immediately, were fantastic. Over a year later I’m feeling ten times better than I did forty years ago in Spain.
    I’m mixing and communicating (non-verbally) with people from all ethnic backgrounds, many of whom do not even speak English. I never knew that life could be so great!
    Don’t believe people who tell you that ‘old age’ is dogged with aches and pains. A wholefood vegetarian diet obviously helps!

  24. crosswind says:

    10 weeks already? Wow! I didn’t even know you guys were expecting. I must have missed that announcement, LOL… what a lovely and refreshing article. He’s ADORABLE. Congratulations! :)) I like his name too, Hudson.

  25. Beautiful Hudson!!! Thanks for the pic!
    I am learning to play the ukulele = new ; )

  26. Marla King says:

    I loved reading your reflective thoughts.
    Precious child-likeness is what we need as adults to preserve. They don’t know that they can’t do something. They try everything! … without thinking about the outcome. I am re-learning this child philosophy lately. I am dreaming beyond what I have previously allowed, and finding ever new vistas turning into reality! I get the call to duty, and God handles the outcomes. Real faith! Real growth! The precious babe is there ever to remind us.. It’s an ever adventurous partnership!

  27. morgan says:

    i LOVE being new to places. you get to experience everything with fresh, eager eyes and just get to explore. theres nothing like it.

  28. kim says:

    My new thing is that I’m currently in school to become a Certified Health Coach! Very exciting at 41 years of age! and I’m a new Aunt, again, to a precious little niece who’s just three weeks old. Babies are the best!

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