Sunday 22 April 2012
It’s Always a Good Time to Play by Glenda Myles
When was the last time that you spent an hour playing. Truly playing with no outcome in mind?
If you are anything like most adults, it’s probably been awhile.
We are so task-focused, our busy lives filled up to the rim with to do’s, it leaves very little time for play. But play is essential to our health and well-being. It is through play that we learn how to work with others, how to tap into our imagination and creativity, how to solve problems, and how to connect to that inner part of ourselves that is our Truth.
How do you play
Do you remember playing as a young child? What were your favourite activities?
I loved playing hide and seek, creating and building things, swinging high, and most other things that take some imagination like reading a good book. I grew up during a time when we spent hours and hours outside, but always loved to read. Perhaps the influence of having a mother who managed a bookstore.
Create your playground
If you could create a playground for your adult self, what would it be like? What things would be included? What would you spend your time doing?
My playground is a big empty room. It has lots of windows to allow the natural light to pour in. It’s painted a soft green. I add some sheer flowing fabric on the wall hanging down from the centre of the ceiling to give it a cocooning feel much like the fort in the picture above, complete with chandelier. It is the place where I can dance and move, where I can daydream and create, and where I can bring in items that peek my curiosity.
Learning about yourself
With spring upon us (at least in the northern hemisphere) and the Aries fire energy urging us to get outside and to play, be sure to find time during this week and month to play. The creative time is essential to mental health. Block off a certain time each week and allow yourself to simply play, indulge in it. Allow it to fill you up.
Now consider, what does your choice of playtime activity say about you? What would someone learn about you in an hour of play?
Glenda at Myles Ahead Studio is a professional marketing strategist working to bring more creativity into business and make more ideas come to life.