Importance of Play
By Paul Bauer
This morning I woke up and had a choice...
I could have been caught up in the busy-ness of the new day,
or, I could take some time and play with my two retrievers and
go for a nice walk.
: - )
Guess which one I chose?
Yep, I chose to go for the walk, and the pups LOVED it. I Loved it...
: - )
Each morning we wake up, we
have a choice. We can jump into our "Adult Suits" and
reach "stress point" before the clock has even
hits 10:00 a.m.... Or, we can make a simple choice...
- we can choose to play!
"Come on Paul, I'm
a busy person, I have responsibilities!"
far too much training being adults and
Yes, my friend, you also have a need to unwind - to step back
from the "perpetual adult syndrome" we're caught up
in so often. It';s also your responsibility to live your life
qwith more joy and passion>
I share this concept with people frequently:
nearly enough being
children. Our creativity
gets cut off at about age 7, and our struggles are
all connected with this central fact"
can discover more about a person in an hour of play
I mean child
like Spirit ...
Plato once said:
than in a year of conversation"
"Play is one
of the highest spiritual forms of being. When we're
Hmmm... Consider that for a moment.... "You can discover more about a person in
an hour of play
than in a year
From the great book, "Living
Your Life Out Loud" by
and Padi Selwyn :
"Dr. Ellie Katz, believes
that play is a priority - fundamental to life and survival. She
feels that re-learning
how to play not only increases your creativity, imagination, and intuition, it also
brings more joy
into your life." Dr
in that state, we get lost in ourselves, which allows the
mind to receive the message of the spirit."
"She notes that because the world has lost its
ability to play, we are experiencing
depression, health problems communication
breakdowns, and the loss of creativity."
Dr. Katz encourages people to be colorful and "lighten up"
and start playing more. She teaches "Playology" to
corporate managers, doctors, psychologists, nurses, and teachers
who want to learn what Playology is and how it can help people
re-discover their Spirit.
So, Here's you assignment today...
(a simple and fun way to feel better! : - )
Yourself a Play Prescription Today"
Take 10 minutes now, and write
down 5 ways you
some fun today.
Some great Ideas:
1) Take your shoes off - yes even at
your corporate desk!
Wiggle your toes in the air and say "I'm FREE!"
Better yet, go massage someone else's toes and
see how they feel :
2) Toss a piece of paper over your cubicle at one
of your cubicle mates and say Whoops! - wrong desk!
I used to do that all the time in my corporate days.
It always got the office laughing : - )
3) Go out for a walk and a stretch - and smile at someone
new today - someone you don't already know.
4) Play some upbeat music and dance - use your pens
and other objects as "drumsticks"
5) Lay on the floor and stretch and feel
in your body
- t - r - e - t - c - h
b - r -
e - a - t - h - e
: - )
So... take a moment and write at least 5 things you
can do today to have some fun (yes, especially
if you're at work!!!!!
(or more) that I can do today
to have FUN!!!
step back from your reality and
. . .
As you do, you'll re-connect to YOUR "childhood
imaginings", and re-claim your Spirit and be well
on your way to Living Your Life's Dreams...
B r e a t h e, and take a moment
Tell-A-Friend About this Wisdom
May the warm sun of your imagination flow easily,
effortlessly as you make your Dreams
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