The importance of PLAY

At first I was flooded with the feeling of laughter and I felt what it does to my body chemistry, how it calibrates almost instantly to a higher vibration.  The cells.  The cells dance with laughter.  

It’s a beautiful flood, a beautiful medicine.  Healing and hyping and soothing, comforting and allowing the being to open up and feel safe, rested.  Laughter makes people feel at home.  Connected.  It’s important to laugh freely, to offer your laughs and your laughter freely.  To indulge in your playfulness, your silliness, your goofiness. 

“Tell me about the importance of play.”

A transcribed channeled message via Astara Solae | Received 9.12.18

 

I see two things first.  They seem unrelated at this time, but I’ll just start speaking and see what happens.  At first I was flooded with the feeling of laughter and I felt what it does to my body chemistry, how it calibrates almost instantly to a higher vibration.  The cells.  The cells dance with laughter.  

It’s a beautiful flood, a beautiful medicine.  Healing and hyping and soothing, comforting and allowing the being to open up and feel safe, rested.  Laughter makes people feel at home.  Connected.  It’s important to laugh freely, to offer your laughs and your laughter freely.  To indulge in your playfulness, your silliness, your goofiness. 

It’s very important to counter the very high stress-inducing lifestyle of the western world.  

A simple walk from the bathroom to the bedroom can yield and infinite cascade of dimensional disasters! Like a domino effect. Mentally, emotionally, humans carry so much, are shifting through, sifting through, living through, seeing through, so much, so much chaos, so much stress, so much pressure from every single angle.  Laughter eases this pressure, chemically, hormonally, energetically; instant mood elevator.  The subtle body gets a charge, a flush.  

Easy laughter.  

This is good medicine.  

 

The other image I received was some goofy boy with a safari hat and freckles with a magnifying glass studying the grass up close.  Little scientist, little explorer.  Playing is exploring and just observing and putting things together, and trying different things.  

It is also saying that play is how we learn most deeply.  We observe the most information this way, integrate it the best.  We can apply it to other concepts for more complete understanding when we have experienced joyfully, playfully, exploring, experimenting, “just jumpin in there and seeing what happens.”  Taking things light, not putting too much pressure on ourselves.  Just chillin man.  Feeling it; ridin the flow.  This is play.

Play helps us sink into our body awareness, our sensory awareness. It helps to pull us into our present experience, our present physical experience, the now moments of this physical world, which, for many humans is a difficult place to be and a difficult state to maintain.  

And it’s not that we always need to be in this physical world present moment, but many adults in westernized culture really struggle with getting outside of their heads.  So many stressful thoughts, pressures, to-do lists, everything is a mad juggle, there is really no way to keep up with all of it.  

There are then desperate thoughts and judging thoughts.  And it becomes a matter of self-image then, and humans who feel like failures or who feel like they’re in a state of suffering, don’t play.  They don’t explore, they don’t relax, they don’t connect with the world around them.  Especially not in slow, gentle, compassionate, playful, exploratory ways.  

It is ironic that as stress increases, we tend to play less.  This is the opposite of how we should be thinking about things.  Play can be a potent medicine.  Making space to play is a very important thing the adult western human can choose to do.  To really UP their enjoyment of this experience and even have more energy and clarity to pour into those things which we call our pressures and our responsibilities, which can often overwhelm us, create stress.  

When we find balance in our mental lives and our doing lives, then we don’t have to face these tasks with such dread, feeling of imminent failure, or doom, or just hanging on by the last thread.  Always juggling, dropping balls.  

Many humans have mistaken these ideas with over indulging in self medicating behaviors that are not exactly healthy for the human.  There is a natural tendency for a busy human or a stressed out human to resort to coping behaviors in the crevices. We probably see this most with things like poor eating habits, excessive drinking.  Addictions to caffeine.  It is normal to want to balance all of the hard work we pour in, but it is also important to be mindful of what we are considering balance and what we are countering.  

Countering stress with stress is not going to help and even though it feels good to relax on a nice buzz, it is a stress to the system.  And in moderation, this is perfectly fine, of course, but if the body does not experience anything but stress stress stress, obviously it will be worn down prematurely.

So we must understand that some of these culturally-enforced indulgent behaviors which we have come to know as fun and letting go and relaxing, weekend-type shenanigans, maybe those are not exactly the counter to the stress that we think they are.  In fact, maybe they’re only compounding and contributing to the problem, making the cycle repeat and spiral down harder and harder to get out of the energy drain.  

We must think in ways of replenishment, nourishment.  So while it can feel good to indulge in some sweet, delicious decadent treat on the weekend because we’ve had a hard day, there is nothing wrong with this.  But it’s important to think of all the nourishing things.  Prioritizing these.  These things are the true balance to the stress, these are the support, these will provide the reliance, the clarity and the energy to maintain daily responsibilities without overwhelming the body and the mind and the spiritual system.

And so we can start by taking some time to listen to ourselves, to slow down, to be gentle, to make space to listen.  What does our body, what does our spirit need?  Play is very nourishing, rejuvenating.  We forget how powerful a medicine it is and how much we truly need to prioritize it as much as we prioritize buying groceries and paying bills and brushing our teeth.  

How can you bring fun into your life? Do you have kids that can help you with this question?  This can obviously be a very fun self-care practice.  Even learning what gives you joy, because we adults don’t even know what makes us happy, what’s fun to us.  Do you even know what gives you joy?  What really makes you laugh deep in the belly?  How often do you do that?  We must begin to realize that play and laughter and relaxation, it is a necessity for the human being in this world.  

What are ways that you can just let go, let your hair down, let your hips fly? Simply integrating this fun, this pleasure, this joy into our life, can turn us into different people, higher vibrational people, loving, compassionate, gentle to ourselves, knowing ourselves more deeply, hearing ourselves, being in tune, being in tune with those around us.  Because we don’t have all this stress taking over our mental energy….

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