Do you remember (and long for) those carefree childhood days when you spent most of your time playing, instead of studying and/or working?
Well it turns out that we should still be incorporating plenty of play time in our lives. Playing helps us to get in touch with our inner child, the part of us which, even as an adult, is responsible for our creativity and passion. When we live mainly in our heads, we are usually focussing on something in the past or something coming up in the future. However when we play, we are completely present in the moment, which is where we have access to our true power.
Playing activates our right brain which is the hemisphere that controls creativity, intuition and emotion, with no judgement (which is the left brain’s job). So if you’re trying to find a solution to a problem, think outside the box, create a work of art or get in touch with how you or someone else really feels about something, the right brain is where you want to be.
To get there, try one or more of these:
- Do something silly and fun, preferably with friends. Try on ridiculous clothes, see a silly movie, play crazy golf or visit a theme park and go on as many rides as you can.
- Play with a child or a pet and pretend your life is as simple as theirs.
- Eat something you enjoyed as a young child and revel in it!
- When eating out, have dessert first or eat each course at a different restaurant.
- Go to the zoo or feed the ducks at your local pond.
- Get out some of your old toys, like a Lego set, and create something crazy.
- Buy a colouring book and some crayons then colour in without worrying about staying in the lines.
Obviously we need to take care of our responsibilities as an adult on a daily basis, but the more we can play and activate our right brain, the more creative solutions present themselves and the easier life seems to flow. So be sure to set aside some time to play today.
Note: If you want to find out more about the concept of accessing our power in the present moment, a good book to read is the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.