PRETEND – a friend mentioned the other day that she used take pretend adventures all the time as a girl, another friend now takes pretend vacations, my nephews pretend that we are planes when we play. So what is it about pretending that fuels the spirit so much? This is a question I aim to answer through experience rather than reading…
DANCE – movement in general is an amazing way to get blocked energy flowing into the maid-like channels (nadis) of the body to clean it out. When it is creative movement that is linked to sounds and rhythms the results are exponential! It helps increase physical strength, balance and flexibility; reduces stress; starts the process of self-awareness, trust and exploration; encourages surrender into the flow (and this opens the door to surrender in life and spirit as well); promotes independence as you trust your own movements without depending on J-Lo to show you how a body should move ;)
WATER – Ok so I admit my first impulse this morning was to put play with food. However, since this is totally sacrilege and I will not be doing this experiment in my own home I will leave that for future research! So I thought about how most children LOVE to play in the water – baths, mud puddles, hoses, ponds, etc. Water is such a fun medium because it’s moldable, causes all kinds of sensations against the skin and creates rainbows. In the picture here I was playing in the ocean waves and I certainly got tumbled around … but laughing and enjoying and experiencing the whole time!
INSTRUMENTS – anyone remember playing the drums on the table or making noise just to hear what sounds might come out of your mouth? About a month ago I just randomly picked up 2 sticks and started banging them together. The noise and also the vibration on my hands was an interesting way to wake up the senses and PLAY.
CARTOONS – hehehe so total guilty pleasure here. Last night a friend gave me several Disney and other cartoons. We started watching Cars 2 and I was roaring laughing. Although I never watch TV and hardly ever watch movies I cackle like a little girl when I watch movies like Rio!