Day 17: Play Opens Your Heart

When was the last time you played full out? If you’ve forgotten what that looks like check out your kids or grandkids while they’re playing. It’s play for its own sake. I remember being little and getting lost in playing jacks, hopscotch or double dutch. I’d lose track of time, and even my sense of self, immersed in the experience.

What if you could feel more like your younger self by including playtime as a regular part of your days? It’s true. Taking time to do something just for the fun of it, turns on your creative juices. It brings out a levity and lightheartedness that isn’t readily available, otherwise.

There are all kinds of ways to play. You can play with children. You can play with your dog or cat. You can play with clay. You can play with paints. You can play with ideas. You can play with words. You can play a musical instrument. You can play with new ways to arrange flowers. You can play with different settings on your camera. You can play with new photo editing apps.

Play opens your heart and mind. It allows you to stumble upon new ways to do things. Play relaxes and replenishes your sense of self. It helps you to lighten up and not take yourself too seriously.

Have you noticed that approaching anything with a playful attitude opens you to seeing it from a fresh point of view? From there, all kinds of creative options begin to arise.

Goddess of Now

The Goddess of Now says creative play is essential to embodying more of your true nature. A light heart is an open heart. Your joyful activities and experimentation refreshes your spirit and reminds you of the creator self that lives at the heart of you.

The Goddess tells us that through play you become more aware of your essence. Through play, your energy aligns body, mind and spirit. Through play, you are renewed and rejuvenated. Play is seriously good for you.

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Creative Exploration: Writing Prompts

Through the Goddess lens of Joy and Compassion, consider your relationship to play. Are you comfortable taking time to play? Experiment and maybe even be silly. See if there is anything you would like to do differently when it comes to cutting loose and losing yourself in fun.

Pick from the following writing prompts, or create your own.

My favorite way to play . . .

I love to play with . . .

When I let myself play . . .

Write for 2 minutes or more.