January 27, 2016 at 7:12 pm #13982
I have, for a really long time, believed that as adults many of us have forgotten how to ‘play’.
I posed this question to my partner recently- it was really on my mind- and asked what he would do if I told him (like our parents used to do) to go out and play?! We both sat for a long time before we were able to come up with anything! Just sat there, thinking. Isn’t that awful? That we should somehow feel like all there is is to WORK? When I look at my thoughts, and watch monkey mind swinging from tree to tree, it’s clear to me that I place a great deal of value on ‘accomplishment’…as in checking tasks off a list…But what about recess? What about time to play, to create, to try to vaporize clouds with my mind? What about my love of music just for the sake of making it, or dancing around the living room to a great song? What about the pleasure (to me) of applying paint to canvas or to silk?
I think my inner artist is malnourished!!!
So some of my dream activities that I’m going to begin incorporating IMMEDIATELY!
- playing the piano just for fun
- dancing around the living room just for fun
- taking an hour for recess!
Time to balance this scale I think…January 28, 2016 at 10:09 am #14060
Love this post! Actually a friend of mine in Victoria has started something called “Adult Recess” where she gets adults together playing games like tag and running around the place laughing, as an alternative to get fit and exercise without the “workout” torture. I tried it out and it definitely got my heart rate up without feeling like work at all. I feel very aligned with this idea of creating from fun/enjoyment and getting more “play factor” in our lives. I’d love to hear how it goes for you with this play experiment 😀January 28, 2016 at 8:33 pm #14118
Amen, Hallelujah! I love what you’ve shared here. I think it’s a serious epidemic amongst grown humans. We think that because we’re “Grown Ups” that we have to stop playing. We forget that we’re still children of the Universe.
Believe it or not Tripp: The bubble popped for Andy and I when we asked what we could do to make eCourse Creation as fun as possible. We too had malnourished artists inside us that were waiting for us to “Make It” so we could finally just focus on our creative stuff. Now our business and eCourse is our art. We are fulfilled and thriving both with our businesses AND with our artists and inner child.
Let me ask: What would working a business that feels like play look and be like for you?@catherine_wildfox, please share more info about your friend’s class. That sounds like a blast. I’ve gone to some capture the flag and Manhunt games and they are always so awesome!January 29, 2016 at 5:26 pm #14208
Andy FreistMountain Guide@andyfreist
We couldn’t stand how freaking DRY and BORING the online marketing & business worlds are. It’s easy to forget to have fun when you’re lost in the hustle and bustle. So we thought, hey, let’s infuse FUN into EVERYTHING we do with our business.
And VOILA – that was the end of our boring old projects and the birth of The Great eCourse Adventure 🙂January 29, 2016 at 8:50 pm #14223
The scary part is that so many schools these days don’t even have recess, just 30 minutes for lunch and back to work. No art, no music, not even any gym. My nephew only has after school theater to be creative and have fun with other people. Other wise play is video games on his phone or creating songs on the computer, no actual instruments.
Your post, Tripp, reminds me that part of my intention for taking this hike up the mountain is to be able to bring play into people’s lives. It is so important these days.
One thing I have done with friends on hikes or going to parks is to have a spontaneous pretend picnic. I create an imaginary giant food hamper out of thin air and spread a pretend cloth on the ground or on a picnic table. I then have my friends take out any food they desire out of the basket and then we imagine how it would be to eat it. I don’t let them be practical about it. It’s all about coming up with crazy picnic food. Thats when things really become fun. I have helped many a friend’s foul or gloomy mood doing that.January 30, 2016 at 9:55 am #14278
What an amazing idea- Adult Recess! That’s awesome…January 30, 2016 at 10:01 am #14280
I love that this is a thought in several of our minds…that we’ve noticed the need!
@bradleytmorris @andyfreist You’ve inspired me to think differently about how I put my course together…how to keep the Fun in Functional Medicine! @catherine_wildfox @mysticsparkling let’s share some more of these ideas!
Years ago, I had a fantasy of creating ‘Adult Sleep Away Camp’…which is an excuse to hike, go canoeing, play volley ball, do arts and crafts, tell stories around the campfire, learn how to forage for edibles in the forest, swim, sun…and then the Big Finish would be, on the last night of Camp, an event that would be centered around a humongous canvas on the floor in the barn (yep, my camp has a barn)- maybe a dance, maybe some more meditative movement, maybe a game of dodge ball…maybe all 3…but with big pans of finger-paint around…and we’d dip our hands, our feet, the dodge ball…who knows?…and we’d create this huge piece of living art as we participated…PLUS we’d get to live out those suppressed childhood impulses that we learned when we were told not to make a mess!
How’s that for Fun? Maybe this will be the live event at the end of my ecourse…January 30, 2016 at 11:26 am #14298
That sounds like my type of retreat Tripp! Count me in for some hand+foot paint dodgeball anyday!!January 30, 2016 at 11:27 am #14300
Love that you’re being inspired by the creativity happening on the mountain Tripp. Let that inner kid out to play!January 30, 2016 at 11:29 am #14302
@bradleytmorris LOL- ok, I’ll save you a seat and a can of paint!January 30, 2016 at 9:19 pm #14352
Sign me up ! I would love to go to an event like that!
I would be up for helping to organize games like: duck duck goose, mother may i, swing the statue, red light green light, red rover, hopscotch. I once created a ritual using those games to create a transformational journey. It was so much fun.
Also, being a Virgo, I am totally into “Functional Medicine”!January 31, 2016 at 6:26 am #14377
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