When we were younger, hours of time was designated to play. Sadly somewhere along the line the time for play became replaced with more important things like life admin, work (to pay rent and bills), and general adult responsibilities.
“We thought of life by analogy with a journey, a pilgrimage, which had a serious purpose at the end, and the thing was to get to that end, success or whatever it is, maybe heaven after you’re dead. But we missed the point the whole way along. It was a musical thing and you were supposed to sing or to dance while the music was being played.” Quote by Alan Watts
We believe play is INTRINSIC to our lives. We all need to prioritise play again. Play sparks creativity, expression, exploration and freedom. It can calm the mind and help us to live in the present moment.
Here are some quick tips on how to introduce more play into your lives:
Have no outcome: Find something you love to do… read, art, board games, dance, playing music… and give yourself time to be completely absorbed in this with no goal and no desired outcome.
Micro moments of play: Play time doesn’t have to be for a long time - try popping on your favourite song for 5 minutes and have a go at seeing how your body wants to move and play to music. Try this playlist to feel inspired.
Allow yourself to be a bit weird: Try our short exercise - find a buddy and have a conversation where you communicate with each other through sounds. Laugh at yourself, laugh with each other, and allow it to be a little bit strange!
Improvise: Make space for uncertainty and unknown. Remember that play doesn’t have to look a certain way, take pressure off of the HOW to play and focus on WHAT you feel and need.
Want to continue to discover your playful side? Last summer we hosted a retreat with our retreat hosts Esmeralda and Joanna? These were five days of magic and a safe space for you to explore improvisation, play and connection. Connection with yourself, others, and nature, all in the beautiful cocoon of stunning Suryalila. Check out our retreat calendar for upcoming retreats here.