I love this blog piece from Mindful Matter-HOLSTEE, on the power of play.
I love the concept play, known as Lila in the Yoga realm. Play can so easily be abandoned as we become adults. But the most profound truths often emerge when you feel free and playful, a playful approach not only builds self-awareness, but it also encourages you to accept your eccentricity. I incorporate Lila in yoga classes as much as possible due to the amount of stress I see in students on a daily basis. “When you let play lead the way, you recognize that every situation in life is an opportunity for greater heart energy.” (Sianna Sherman)
Play is not just essential for kids; it can be an important source of relaxation and stimulation for adults as well. Playing with your romantic partner, co-workers, pets, friends, and children is a sure (and fun) way to fuel your imagination, creativity, problem-solving abilities, and improve your mental health.
Play can add joy to life, relieve stress, supercharge learning, and connect you to others and the world around you. Play can also make work more productive and pleasurable.
Incorporating more fun and play in your daily life can improve the quality of your relationships, as well as your mood and outlook. Even in the most difficult of times, taking time away from your troubles to play or laugh can go a long way toward making you feel better. It’s true what they say: laughter is the best medicine. Laughter makes you feel good. And the good feeling that you get when you laugh and have fun remains with you even after the laughter subsides. Play and laughter help you keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations, disappointments, and loss.
Enjoy this Blog from Taylor Kreiss and get out and Play.