Play is so key and yet is so often overlooked in adulthood.
“The opposite of play isn’t work, it’s depression.”
Stuart Brown, M.D. author and “Play is more than just fun” TED speaker.
What is your favorite form of play?
What type of sense of humor do you have? Light and bubbly? Silly? Wild and free? Serious and competitive?
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Play brings a sense of vitality, joy, openness, creativity, lateral thinking, engagement with others, lightness of being…and so much more.
Remember the innocence and freedom of a child’s play. There are no rules, no expectations, no self-consciousness.
No role to play. Just spontaneous play, movements, sound and delight!
In the Permission to Play retreat last weekend we explored how to tap into creativity, joy and playfulness through art, movement, meditation, journaling, sharing and more surprises!
We can’t truly express ourselves unless we feel safe.
Jennifer Pennell and I created a safe container for each woman to explore their unique type of play.
Finding playfulness can also highlight the parts that say “No!” as well as the parts the say yes. Holding space for all parts and for exploration in surprising ways can help to find and feel the depth of play.
We looked at how it feels to be “in play” and “out of play” and came up with 3 Steps to Be in Play (no matter how you’re feeling) . These steps show you how to shift into play and a sense of lightness and ease from whatever mood you’re in.
We encourage you to practice playing. This doesn’t have to be “work” or hard to do, you can practice while doing anything, like washing the dishes and getting things done or while relaxing.
If you are unsure where to start, begin with curiosity.
Most importantly, see this as a journey, not something you have to “get right” immediately.
It’s finding your own unique way of playing, what works for you and brings the most for you. And this can change…
We have outlined the 3 Steps to Be in Play below. These tips are especially helpful when you find yourself in an unsatisfying situation like anger, resentment, frustration, fear, boredom…pick your favorite challenging emotion.
Recognize and be honest with yourself about how you are feeling. i.e. don’t try to push away the “bad” emotion.
Get curious about it. Be aware of any judgement you might be feeling about it. How can you allow the emotion to be present?
It might help to imagine how you’d respond to a loved one if they were feeling it. What would you say to them to encourage them and to help things feel lighter? How can you treat yourself the same way?
Know the people in your life who get you and you play with already. Talk to them and see if you can share your experience. What do you come up with together? How can that be playful?
Ask your self who are you when no one’s looking or you don’t care what anyone thinks?
Who are you when you let go and drop all the roles you have to play in your life?
Along with the multitude of health benefits for your body and brain, play is a way to ignite your own lightness of being,
Honoring the light and lightness within you!
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