You do much that is important for your body like eat well, exercise right, and get a good night's sleep. And, you may exercise your mind with daily memory lists like:
Life is hard work! Growing up should not mean giving up play.
Play is important for social growth. Children and pets have scheduled play-time as play-dates. When was the last time you scheduled a Play-date for you? You may be starved for delight.
Many of us are the natural family care-givers. Some were trained that way; others were naturally born with the gift of giving. Are you the one who takes care of your family?
You spend time, money and care on everyone else first. What have you done lately for YOURSELF?
Better yet, what have you done for your soul to lift your spirit? When was the last time you felt it soar through the air and sing like a bird? It may have been trying to speak to you in your daydreams. Have you been too busy to listen or even take notice?
It may be time to give your body a Play-date and your soul a treat with a Retreat.
Summer is a great time for adult retreats because children are away at camp (their retreat) or visiting relatives. However, summer is also a great time for family retreats with activities for everyone. These gatherings are a way to meet and make new friends with similar interests. Finding one that fulfills your needs is as easy as typing RETREAT in the search engine on your computer or smart phone. Then research it.
According to a study published in PsychCentral.com play is just as important for adults as it is for children. “Defining play is difficult because it’s a moving target,” Scott G. Eberle, Ph.D, vice president for play studies at The Strong and editor of the American Journal of Play, said. “[It’s] a process, not a thing.” He said it begins in anticipation and hopefully ends in poise.
Play is the process of finding surprise and strength of mind, body and spirit through imagination.
Experts and studies have also said this about the challenges, lessons and importance of adult play time.
1.) “The only kind [of play] we honor is competitive play,” said Bowen F. White, MD, a medical doctor and author of Why Normal Isn’t Healthy.
2.) “We don’t lose the need for novelty and pleasure as we grow up,” said Scott G. Eberle, Ph.D. vice president for play studies at The Strong and editor of the American Journal of Play.
3.) Psychiatrist Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play, calls play a “state of being.” Dr. Brown compares play to oxygen. He writes, “…it’s all around us, yet goes mostly unnoticed or unappreciated until it is missing.” He goes on to say, “This might seem surprising until you consider everything that constitutes play. Play is art, books, movies, music, comedy, flirting and daydreaming.”
Competitive play in children prepares them for adulthood. But, what is an adult to do who is in that environment all day, as our experts pointed out?
Find a retreat. Until you do, here are some suggestions:
Meditate- It can be done anywhere and anytime. “Tune out the world” for a few fun minutes.
Dream Analysis- Write down your dreams first thing in the morning. At night before bed take a few moments to analyze them. Meditate on parts that are confusing. You may receive guidance or answers in your next dream. The Universe is always awake and listening.
Start your own retreat- Connect with a group of like-minded friends and “just-do-it.” Start small. Use dreams and meditations as guidance.
Imagine spending the day with selectively-chosen like-minded adults in the relaxed comfort of a private home, or make this your Destination-Retreat in a place you have always dreamed of visiting alone or as a family. Retreats are exercise for the brain that translates into play for adults.
Where you go for your retreat is not as important as what you do when when you get there. Have fun with others. PLAY! Take care of your spirit and it will take care of you.
THE AUTHOR: Kathleen O’Keefe Kanavos is a Keynote speaker, TV/Radio Host/Producer, International Bestseller/ Multi-award winning author/columnist, and 3x Breast Cancer Survivor whose dreams diagnosed cancer. Kat believes dreams diagnose life. “Did you have a déjà- vu or dream-come-true?” Kat taught Special Education and Psychology at USF. www.AccessYourInnerGuide.com