BBBBBRRRRIINNG! It's the alarm, again. Get up, wash scrub, eat, drink, dress, say good by, drive, work, drive, change,eat, sleep and repeat. Sound familiar? Unfortunately, for most it is all too familiar. So what is missing? Time for play, that's what.
Are you aware that all animals play? Dolphins blow bubbles to play with or use flotsam to toss to each other. Horses run and kick just for fun, they will play chase and tag with the dog. Baby anything will play. It is true they are learning valuable life skills while they do it but they are also having fun. All social animals play and guess what? Humans are social animals. We were created to play. It is true that this teaches both survival and social skills. It helps us become well rounded in our interactions with both ourselves and others. Games mirror adult rolls such as nurturing and running a house hold. It has been found that children, both boys and girls who play with dolls when they are young have a more nurturing nature as adults. Play teaches cooperation and limits, self control and self confidence. So what has any of this got to do with adulthood.
In most adult minds play is relegated to the realm of childish and unproductive unless you are doing it for your living. IE professional athletes, entertainers and the like. In reality, play is as important as exercise, proper diet and our spiritual practices. Play is actually a process rather than a 'thing'. Play is an activity with no goal, it is done just to have fun. Play allows several thing to happen within your biology. Play is not just what children do, it includes things such as going to a movie or watching a performance. Reading a book that captivates you or being actively involved in listening to music that moves you. The long and short of it is the activity makes you feel good, feel joy, one that involves your entire self. When you feel these emotions, you release chemicals that heal your biology. Play creates good connections between people. That is why it is so important for families to play together. The act of play also helps cement the relationship with your special someone.
The act of, or rather the process of play is different for each person. If you like a game of football in the park with friends then you will benefit from participating in that activity. If, however your idea of a good time is something else, you will not get the full impact of playing the football game. As in most things, if you feel a passion, a joy for the activity, then it will reciprocate and give you the most beneficial outcome.
Play allows your creative side to shine, make your relationships better, it boosts your imagination and it makes exercise fun. It is one of our forgotten pleasures. So remember your childhood's fun and play.
To your betterment and highest good, Chessie
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Chessie Roberts is a Singer/song Writer, Spiritual Teacher, Mind-set Mentor, Meditation Coach, Author, Lecturer and the Founder/Creator of Evolution of Self: Journey into Body, Mind, Spirit Balance. Her experience with severe,crippling arthritis was her catalyst to share her healing, experiential, self improvement program with those who wish to rediscover their balance of Body, Mind, Spirit. Her ability to put things into an easy to learn package allows participants to fine tune their healing intentions, identify personal goals and clarify the path they wish to devise in order to heal themselves and grow into their own Spiritual Evolution. You can find Chessie's programs and products at www.ChessieRoberts.com and her music at www.ArchersMeadow.com