It pays to play (and it costs dearly not to)

All work and no play makes one dull. But, really, what does it mean to "play"?

Happy woman on the beach / play concept

In the last century, most cultures have approached life in overly mental and emotionally suppressed ways. We have been over-thinking and placing too much emphasis on intellectual intelligence rather than a whole, full-bodied sensory approach to life.

Play is a state of mind

Play is a state of mind, yet more so it is also a state of body, emotion and spirit. Living in today’s world with so many demands on our time, it is difficult for most to fathom taking time out to play. We have been conditioned from a very young age to “grow up” and become responsible adults. Remember when you sat in class and were told to stop day dreaming and focus on learning so you could get good grades and become someone? What happened to that kid? To the person you were born to be? Over time, enculturation took over and conditioned you away from play and into a dutiful adult with no time allowed for recreational activities.

The silent killer is the responsible adult

Meet Dimitra, mother of two children, owner of multiple businesses, an attorney, and a yoga instructor. The responsibilities of wearing many hats had Dimitra running from her life when I met her. She was living in a town that drained her spiritual energy; she was trying to escape at any opportunity to avoid the boredom that her soul was crying out against.

We have been conditioned from a very young age to “grow up” and become responsible adults

Brief escapes were temporary solutions to what was brewing inside. She was running from the many pains that her childhood conditioning was causing. She couldn’t fail at her businesses so she had to keep striving to make them better to make more money; she couldn’t be away from her children because she had to be a good mother and be there every day after school for her children.

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This was first published in the February 2016 issue of Complete Wellbeing.

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