Wanna play?

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Playing reigns as one of the most important ways we can spend time on this planet. It’s also one of those things that gets pushed aside with the old plastic containers that are missing lids and shoved in that cupboard that nobody can find things in–or worse yet, the trash. I could muster research to prove how important play is in our lives, in our relationships, in our own personal development and creativity, but down deep, I don’t think that’s necessary.

The action item, instead, is to figure out how you like to play. Do you like to play alone or with others? I’m an only child so learned to love my alone time. It’s probably one of the reasons I love to write. But I also LOVE to play with other people. Tangential play. Interactive play. All of it. It’s one of my core values. I often have friends tell me, “You know how to play better than anybody I know.” I consider that a high compliment, because in play, comes learning, creativity, and connection. There isn’t a right or wrong way. Just ask yourself how you like to play.

Then, where is your playground? A Pisces by sun and moon, mine is the water. Here’s a water cave at the Mauna Lani Spa in Hawaii where my husband and I recently had a Watzu massage, a form of Shiatsu in the water. It’s like a water dance, stretch, baby-in-the-womb kind of thing. Snorkeling (though preferably without a shark next time), swimming, floating in a lake,  and long shower baths–great play places. On my vision board this year I wrote, “Play like the dolphins 365 days a year.” They dive in the water and jump around just for fun. You can feel the joy emanate off  them. They don’t need anything other than water and each other to have a good time.

If you’ve forgotten how to play, watch a child explore an airport or a playground. They find wonder in the smallest details adults often miss. Watch a puppy, or an animal of any kind, after it wakes up and gets going. We watch our dog go through the process of figuring out what she will play next. (Walk is her favorite game!)

Kids and animals are both great teachers and you’ll learn from them. When I worked as a marketing director for lawyers it seemed so many of my individual conversations with them came back to this concept: they had forgotten how to play without self-destructing. Once they incorporated healthy play back into their personal lives, their lives blossomed.

Play has much competition. Student loan debt, mortgage, careers, families, the chatter voice that rehearses our to-do list, our community service–all these demand placement on the Google calendar. But it’s all a choice. Choose to give play a place there, too. It’s good for you.

About @jamieweil

I'm on an adventure to bring happiness, relaxation, and some shine to a stressed out world. You might call it a Divine mission. Covid Season 2020 has taught me some important lessons about myself and about you, but most importantly about US. I have written about those in a book called Shine: When Chasing Sacred Spaces Goes Dark, my 6th book which came out December 2020 and hit #1 Bestseller in 7 categories thanks to my readers. I teach an online class to empower empaths through writing and am holding my first writing retreat for empaths under the Full Flower Moon and Lunar Eclipse May 5-7, 2023 in mystical Mt. Shasta, California. We have sold our house, not bought another, and have set out on a synchronistic adventure with Kai, our 103 pound lab, at the center. We call it The Kainnection Adventure. Dogs are the equalizers of all. (Home base: www.jamieweil.net)
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4 Responses to Wanna play?

  1. Janet says:

    Oh my gosh Jamie, I couldn’t agree with this post more! It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day “have to’s” of life, I think we forget it’s okay for us to have some fun too.


    • jamieweilhealthcoach says:

      Here’s to Fun with Friends! (FWF) We need to get us some of that, GF! Remember that book you got me a long time ago? I do! xoJamie


  2. Professions for PEACE says:

    I love this reminder to PLAY! And it’s such an important (essential!) component of fitness for me. So why would I forget? Well luckily I’ve come for a visit here today and have your joyful wisdom helping nudge some healthy play into my day 😀 Thank You Jamie! Hugs, Gina


  3. jamieweilhealthcoach says:

    Thanks for visiting, Gina! Yes, if we can get to where working out is fun (and I know it’s possible because I’m living proof), we make sure we don’t leave it out. Play away, my friend. We learn so much that way. Hugs! Jamie


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