“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” —Vincent Van Gogh
How often have you had the experience of struggling to remember a person’s name only to have the name effortlessly revealed to you when you were engaged in something entirely different? The same thing happens when we wrestle with our minds for ideas or solutions. Once we let the challenge go and engage in something that frees our minds, the lightning bolt strikes!
This is the value of play. Play opens the pathways for creativity to flow freely. When we are engaged in play, we connect with the heart, rather than leading with our minds. As we access the essence of pure potentiality, transformative ideas and solutions come to us spontaneously, and we are boundlessly creative.
Our centering thought for today is:
I play. I create. I succeed.
Our Sanskrit mantra for today is:
“Om Bhavam Namah.” I am absolute existence. I am a field of all possibilities.
Take some time today to engage in a playful activity that you really enjoy. Challenge some colleagues to a pickup basketball game at lunch or after work. Walk with your friends, or dip your feet into the office-park fountain. Whatever you choose to do, allow yourself to enjoy the freedom of playfulness and notice what unfolds.
My last playful moment was yesterday, throwing sticks on the frozen lake.
It was a GIANT drum begging to be played. The water spirits were happy as their echos bounced back several times in melodious music. I cannot take credit for this idea however, there was a cute Scottish couple who were doing it for quite some time. At first, I thought they were just being mischievous deviants…but then…
My mind stopped thinking in such a left-brained rules and regulations mindset.
Once I saw what was really happening: the music making, the fun, the play. I smiled and I laughed.
Today we studied the effects of relaxation and play has on inspiration.
Sometimes, play is the greatest form of healing.
Playing allows us to free ourselves of the challenges of paperwork and into challenges of discovering and exploring a new sport or dream. Playing allows u to connect with our friends and relatives and even our partners. Play gives us the greatest gift of all: laughter.
And laughter is the ultimate soul medicine.
How will you play? Create? Succeed?
How can you incorporate this medicine into your daily life?