“Play” isn’t, actually, a button on Netflix....
Hindu tradition has the idea of “līlā”, the play of the gods.
Most often associated with “līlā” is the Hindu god Krishna, who plays the flute in a manner so mesmerizing, so utterly enchanting, that the goddesses who surround him cannot help themselves but dance.
Dance: it is play of the gods.
The body is a source of wisdom so deep and rich that we might think it a gift from the gods. We know exactly what it is that we need to do in any moment, in any relationship, in any situation.
The act of courage is to be able to listen, and to trust, even when it might not “make sense” to our conceptual minds.
Much of life doesn’t “make sense”: it simply is sense….and its reasons, and meanings, and purposes, and its “please tell me it was not all for nothings” make themselves known to us – often – over time.
If we can act in a way that the body, the heart and the mind are able to trust, then we come closer to the full freedom and space that comes of being actively – electrically - alive.
One way to re-discover this – or first discover it, if you have not found it before – is through play.
Can you find an activity of any kind – but especially one that includes body movement – that you can do for the sheer joy of it?
What is genuine play for you? Do you play music? Do you play a musical instrument or sing?
Our bodies, minds and hearts tend to secretly come into alignment without our noticing it when we engage in play.
Is it yoga or tai chi?
One day, I will learn how to kayak.
One of my best days ever was a walk in a stream, hearing the splash of it as I moved over the rocks, through the woods, to find the river at the mouth of the stream.
Is it hockey or soccer, football or rugby? Perhaps especially if you play competitive sport, remember to engage the spirit of play. This is where magic happens. There is where what needs to happen happens all by itself: some part of you knows exactly what you need to do and when. You can trust that.
Engage an activity, or movement of some kind, with a spirit of play.
It is a way to offer ourselves space to hear the wisdom of the body….left there, perhaps, as a gift from the gods.
Comment below, and let us know how it goes!!
Wishing you joy,
Copyright © 2018, Adela Sandness