This week we explored the theme of Embracing Play in our daily sessions. Bloom Pause is a community offering that meets remotely using Zoom. Each week we explore a new theme through discussion, sharing, meditation and practices to improve daily life. If you'd like to join Bloom Pause, sign up here.
From Brene' Brown's Book, the Gifts of Imperfection, her 7th Guidepost for wholehearted living was last week's theme: Cultivating play and rest and letting go of productivity and exhaustion as a status symbol and for self worth.
This theme introduced us to the work of Dr. Stuart Brown and his book titled, Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. He says, "the opposite of play is not work. It's depression."
So, let's beat the blues with more play!
He identifies 7 properties of play:
- It is purposeless so you do it for the fun of it.
- It is voluntary so you do it because you want to and involves freedom of choice.
- It is inherently attractive so you feel drawn to it.
- It is free from time constraints so you lose yourself in it.
- It causes a diminished consciousness of self so you find flow and spontaneity in the way it makes you feel.
- It has improvisational potential so you can create and co-create using imagination.
- It creates continuation desire so you just want to keep playing and playing and playing ...
"If we want to live a Wholehearted life, we have to become intentional about ... play." Brene' Brown
Questions to ponder...
- What did you enjoy playing when you were a child?
- What does play mean to you now?
- When you play, what have you noticed it allows for?