The Power of Play
Two years ago this coming April, I conducted a free workshop. At the time, the purpose of the workshop was simply to share some ideas on creativity that I thought might be helpful to a few friends.. There was not a great deal of forethought to this adventure but there was an overwhelming urgency.
The outcome, to say the least, was spectacular and it changed my life forever.
No, that is not stretching the fact. In that workshop I discovered the awesome power of creativity and the power of play in transforming the lives of adults.
It was then, thoughI didn’t know it, that I became the Power Play Lady of the Power Play Reconnect Blueprint.
So, what is this entity The Power Play Reconnect Blueprint? Very simply it is a platform and workshop to encourage people to rediscover their authentic, original and creative self through the power of play.
Now, that sounds fairly simple and straightforward. Grab some crayons, watercolors or clay and get busy.
Play is more, so much more than that!
Play can be gloriously fun but it can also be profoundly serious.
Play has the power to release a place in ourselves and at the same time return us to ourselves, to our unique being, in a way that is awe inspiring. Most of us disconnected from ourselves early in childhood and we never returned to that special place.
Today, because of this disconnect, I offer a specific talk on the Power of Play titled Critical Heart Centered Play for Grownups. It’s a talk that I provide as a community service and it is based on what I learned from the workshop that I created two years ago. In this talk I use a formula for reconnecting which I call P.A.S.S.A.G.E. Play is the first segment of this formula.
Kathryn Hirsch-Pasek, renowned psychologist noted that when grown-ups abandon play, we abandon a vital part of ourselves. Author, Stuart Brown MD of the book Play and founder of the National Institute of Play has study the power of play in prisoners, business people, actors, artist and more. A most notable study of Dr.Brown is that of predicting criminal behavior among murderers who did not have a childhood play history. World famous physician Patch Adams understands very well the critical importance of play and its beneficial attributes.
Moving forward with those thoughts, is it possible that one of the reasons we are seeing such an increase in divorce, domestic violence, criminal violent behavior, depression and rampant chronic dis-ease is because there is not enough real play?. Is it possible that we have become technologically astute and 'life' ignorant?
To be play, play must be needless, spontaneous activity that has as its own reward refreshment, joy and undiluted pleasure.
What does this look like?
Take a moment to watch small children at play. They play not only with their physical bodies but with everything they are. They are “all in” and you know it by seeing the looks on their faces. In those moments, their entire being appears to be infused and wrapped in pure joy and pleasure.
Would it amaze you to know that this same joyful expression is not to be limited to childhood? It doesn’t mean that we as adults act ‘childish’ but as someone reminded us it is good, even necessary that we never forget what it is to be childlike.
So, Consider This: when was the last time you played full out? Do you have a play history of wholesome, joyful and creative activity? Take a moment to write down the last five times that you have engaged in serious play – a snowball fight – baking cookies with your children or grandchildren, a walk in the park when you played on the swings and remembered that feeling of exaltation powered by that self-propelled flying high feeling.
…And if you can’t remember, maybe it’s time to make a date for FUN to rediscover the power of play for your life..
P.S. IF YOU AND A FEW FRIENDS OR NEIGHBORS WOULD LIKE TO HEAR THE ENCOURAGING TALK MENTIONED EARLIER (IT’S A FREEBIE) Please call, text or email me.