Play is the exuberant expression of our being. It is at the heart of our creativity and our most carefree moments of devotion. It helps us live with absurdity, paradox, and mystery. It feeds our joy and wonder. It keeps our search for meaning down to earth. Most of us don’t play enough. We’re either too “busy,” a code word for workaholism, or we’re too serious, mistaking earnestness for accomplishment. We’re predictable, too, equating free-spiritedness with irresponsibility. The best treatment for these conditions is play. We need to lighten up.
From Spirituality and Practice
Blessed is the Giver of Life who has provided play as a way to celebrate the lightness of our being,
Take time out to relax. Remember that laughter is healing and enjoying oneself is energizing.
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’
Play energizes us and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities.
Stuart Brown, MD
It is a happy talent to know how to play.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.
Surely all God’s people…like to play.
Human beings need pleasure the way they need vitamins.
Play is hard to maintain as you get older. You get less playful. You shouldn’t, of course.
We all need empty hours in our lives or we will have no time to create or dream.
A child who does not play is not a child, but the man who does not play has lost forever the child who lived in him.
Those who play rarely become brittle in the face of stress or lose the healing capacity for humor.
Stuart Brown, MD