Play is the exuberant expression of our being. It is at the heart of our creativity, our sexuality, 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 to relax. Laugh heartily at jokes, situations, and yourself. Make time to do things you enjoy with people with whom you enjoy being.
On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples.
Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.
When we play, we sense no limitations. In fact, when we are playing, we are usually unaware of ourselves. Self-observation goes out the window. We forget all those past lessons of life, forget our potential foolishness, forget ourselves. We immerse ourselves in the act of play. And we become free.
Lenore Terr, Beyond Love and Work
Laughter is a holy thing. It is as sacred as music and silence and solemnity, maybe more sacred. Laughter is like a prayer, like a bridge over which creatures tiptoe to meet each other. Laughter is like mercy; it heals. When you can laugh at yourself, you are free.
Be patient also with life itself. those who love life are tolerant of its ups and downs, its reversals and leaps forward. Those who love life enjoy playing it by ear, engaging life without a printed score, simply flowing with its melody. By keeping our agendas flexible and minimizing our demands, life can be a melodic song. Whenever circumstances interrupt the normal rhythm of life, those who cultivate patience and inner freedom are able to improvise with a life situation like jazz musicians, making up music as they go along. The emphasis in playing it by ear is on playfulness. Those who use that gift of the Holy Spirit make their way gracefully through life.
Edward Hays, The Great Escape Manual
It is a happy talent to know how to play.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it.
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
George Bernard Shaw