Play and presence

Those who like to deride the touchy-feely should look away now.

Bernie deKoven found these rather inspiring words on the Good Clean Love Daily.

At its source, playfulness is a bi-product of being fully present. Bringing our full presence to any moment is where we can experience life spontaneously. And spontaneity is one of the main engines of play. It happens when we lose our propensity for judging the mishaps and the details of life. When we aren’t reacting to the details, life surprises you. Becoming more playful can be as simple as a shift in view- celebrating the ridiculous instead of getting mired in the annoying. Treating our own frailties to a little fun is where grace steps in to replace these as ready sources of shame or alienation…. Many wrongly think of play as a frivolous waste of time when in actuality, playing creates new neural activity. Many studies show that it is during play where the greatest education occurs, which is why many of the most well-known scientists and spiritual leaders extol play as the source of their genius.

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1 thought on “Play and presence

  1. Earl Mardle

    In the list of the Top 5 regrets of the Dying, Bronnie Ware (https://www.inspirationandchai.com/Regrets-of-the-Dying.html) lists at number 5 “I wish that I had let myself be happier.

    This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.”

    As someone whose life is filled with silliness, (not to mention a fair bit of stupidity) I guess I can strike that one.

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