WHY HAVE WE STOPPED PLAYING?
As babies we are born with a large spirit. Everything was a new experience. We touched things to feel and put things in our mouths to taste, there was no fear there. Our body was small but our spirit was really big, we were our true authentic selves.
When we were hungry we cried out loud until someone fed you, when we were wet we cried until someone changed you. We were unstoppable! Until the growing up process took over!A child looks forward to birthdays, it is always a count down.
As kids we were so excited about becoming one year older. And as each year passed by we heard phrases like these all the time: “You are now big boy now”, “You are the big sister”, “You must behave like a big girl now”, “ Stop behaving like a baby” and so much more.
And slowly we started to limit ourselves.In school a child is surrounded with other kids and learn a lot more and develop his/her own perception and is capable of having judgements about what is good, what is bad and all about should and shouldn’t.
Conditioning from society, culture, from parents are part and parcel of moulding the personalityAs young adults it’s all about fitting in and not losing opportunities related to personal life, career and many more. During the whole process of growing up, the body grows but the spirit becomes smaller and smaller.
For some, pride and ego plays a big part that PLAY seems silly.“Our inner child is always with us but we must let it come out to play once in a while OUR AUTHENTIC SELF, WITH NO PRETENCEIn our hectic, modern lives, many of us focus so heavily on work and family commitments that we never seem to have time for pure fun.
Play is not just essential for kids; it is also an important source of relaxation and stimulation for adults.Being playful is being at peace with the environment and oneself. It’s about letting oneself go and enjoying being in the momentIf you have participated in a team activity like basketball, cricket, treasure hunt or anything fun, you would have noticed that you become a different person completely. You laughed, you fought for your team and you are only focused on the enjoyment part of the game.
You played just like how you would have played when you were younger. That inner child is always there within us. This is our true authentic self, having pure fun! When there are no expectations, awards or trophies there is no stress. It’s about being in the moment and letting go.
We take life so seriously, somewhere we have forgotten to include playfulness. “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” this statement is so true. Being playful is being at peace with the environment and oneself. It’s about letting oneself go, yet we hold back.
FROM PLAY TO PLAYFULNESS
During childhood kids learn verbal communication, body language, boundaries, cooperation, and teamwork. And as an adult we continue to refine these skills through play and playful communication.
PLAYFUL MINDSET is a mode of perception that brings the biggest satisfaction. This Play mode of being, produces a positive hormonal response. Our brain is willing to learn, when we provide safe and challenging circumstances that will arouse the learning capabilities.
When one is playful, one is instantly integrated with one’s own self and with the activity SATISFACTION + POSITIVE RESPONSE + INTEGRATION + WILLINGNESS TO LEARN= THE STATE OF FLOW(the ultimate state of inner power and peace)DON’T STOP PLAYINGINDULGE IN PLAYFUL MINDSET
There are so many benefits of approaching things with a PLAYFUL MINDSET:
Play is fun and can trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
Improve brain functions
Playing chess, completing puzzles, or pursuing other fun activities that challenge the brain can help prevent memory problems and improve brain function. The social interaction of playing with family and friends can also help ward off stress and depression.
Stimulate the mind and boost creativity
Young children often learn best when they are playing—a principle that applies to adults, as well. You’ll learn a new task better when it’s fun and you’re in a relaxed and playful mood. Play can also stimulate your imagination, helping you adapt and solve problems.
Improve relationships and your connection to others
Sharing laughter and fun can foster empathy, compassion, trust, and intimacy with others. Play doesn’t have to include a specific activity; it can also be a state of mind. Developing a playful nature can help you loosen up in stressful situations, break the ice with strangers, make new friends, and form new business relationships.
Keep you feeling young and energetic
In the words of George Bernard Shaw, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” Imagine an 84 years old great grandmother just brightening up with laughter and joy as she plays with her 14 months old great granddaughter. This great grandmother does not stop playing because she is old. She is living a joyful life because she allows her inner child out to play once in a while. Play can boost our energy and vitality and even improve your resistance to disease, helping us function at your best.
Help Develop and Improve Social skills
Social Skills are the foundation for having positive relationships with others for example with family, partners, friends etc. These skills allow you to connect with other people on a level that is important in life so you can have more in-depth relationships.
Can heal emotional wound
When we are playful we shed that strong suit we wear called “Ego”. Ego will always want to make you believe you are always right. When that layer is shed off, you break that barrier and create space that allow people to come into your life.