Recent science fiction movies such as Sixth Sense and the Matrix, have shown us insight into the children of the future. The reason for this is that play teaches us how to manage or "transform" our negative emotions, and it is the foundation for sound mental, physical, and emotional health. It is often described as a time when we feel most alive, yet it is something we take for granted and may forget to do. She continually creates and develops products and tools that will assist parents, educators, caregivers, coaches, medical professionals such as physicians and physcotherapists, naturopaths, holistic practioners to understand the unique needs of these powerful souls. Yet, as welcome and wonderful as those feelings are, play's value among adults is too often vastly underrated. Playing safely gives your body back the energy it needs through laughter. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Clair is forever inspiring her cleints through the Art of Play with fun and practical ways to address life's many facets such as human potiential, relationships, work, money, addicitions, health, sexuality and spirituality. You will be adding years to your life in these precious moments. It changes our perspective, stimulating creativity. Play helps us release those thoughts that are locked in the head and the heart. Play lets us experiment, explore and take risks with ideas without fearing the consequences that might happen in "real life."
It is so important because, as we are learning Quantum Physics and the power of what we create with our intentions, the knowledge you gain will help you enhance your personal growth and well-being.
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But there is also new evidence that play does much more. You will be amazed at the way your thinking shifts to new worlds of discovery. Clair
Studies show that as humans, play is hardwired into our genetic code. It produces a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the world and its possibilities. Clair by phone 704-658-0353 or email her direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Research shows that play is a hands-on, minds-on learning process. It renews our ability to accomplish the work of the world. Play creates laughter, joy, and a feeling of inner peace. As a photographer and artist, I use play as an opportunity to see the world with childlike eyes. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." ~ Apple Computers
Normally, we reach for a quick fix by drinking coffee, sugared energy drinks, or resorting to pep-up pills like ephedrine. We've all been there: overworked, stressed, mentally and physically burned out. He did not allow the criticisms of the world to get in the way of his child-like imagination. Play appears to allow our brains to exercise their very flexibility, to maintain and even perhaps renew the neural connections that embody our human potential to adapt, and to meet any possible set of environmental conditions. I keep reminding myself to see and view everything as if I had never seen it before. Play is a state of mind, but it is also a state of body, emotion, and spirit.
The wonderful thing about playing is that everyone is successful at it.
This article will address the top ten benefits of play and provide suggestions on how you can get in touch with your own creative possibilities and abilities. We are always creating our experiences and our lives, so why not have some fun and develop a thirst for curiosity like Leonardo DiVinci; your renewed sense of imagination could be endless!
(1) Play can inspire you to think differently
When we are engaged in living our lives as a game and being the player, we begin to recognize the contradictions in one's(?) own risk-taking behavior, and it makes the case that accepting risk is an essential part of a full and healthy life. It's just a fact of life, and we need to live with it, right? Wrong! Mental and physical exhaustion is the body's natural response to physical exertion, emotional stress, or lack of sleep. Your life becomes what you have imagined and believed in most. Because they change things.
(10) Play can provide you with an opportunity to take risks
Yes, play can be wild and crazy--it can break all the rules and can crash the status quo and the hum-drum way of doing the same old thing. Play can be used in many ways to not only stimulate creativity but as a way to transform negative emotions. It can be entirely positive, or can be dramatic (such as acting out a thrilling or suspenseful activity). We are hardwired as adults to engage in play, and it is crucial to our vitality to spend time with play each day. Infusing play into the workday can keep you emotionally balanced and can reduce stress, both of which can contribute to living healthier and longer. They push the human race forward. Doing things that bring you joy and being with other people who are having fun enables you to keep your energy levels up longer and sustain more vitality. Don't use playtime to test or stretch your workday. People who avoid or have never learned to play may become lost in the world of fear, anger, and obsessive worry. Perhaps, most important of all, play is fun.
Life. The next time you are stuck in a rut, pull out a box of crayons, modeling clay, glue, and scissors, pop in a copy of Dumbo, and invite your inner child to let loose and break free. With so many of the games today filled with toxic content, it is no wonder our youth are at risk.
Through the years, studies have revealed that play acts as an antidote to violent tendencies and is a powerful catalyst for positive socialization. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. These children if unburdened by society's restrictions and unwritten rules, continue to show us the need for us to lighten up and BE happy. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. It restores our optimism. Suffused with pleasure, we exult in the sheer lightness of being. We begin giving meaning to life through story making, and playing out various possible scenarios. The problem is, those stimulants provide only a temporary boost, lasting an hour at best. Hit the basketball court, play hopscotch, jump rope, or play a few hands of cards.
The loss of well-being is creating physical, emotional, and mental burnout, and stress-related health problems are widespread. This is just one example of where you can visibly see the effects of play on your well-being. It is almost impossible to stay stuck, angry, or frustrated when you are playing "hide and seek" or acting out the role of the cowardly lion from The Wizard of Oz or making mud pies while digging your feet into the sand of a big old-fashioned sandbox. I have been working with a group of children known as Indigo Children, who are very right brain thinkers, intuitive, and highly spirited. Walt Disney was dedicated to play, and his willingness to buck conventional wisdom changed the world of entertainment. Years later, when we recall our life, it is the happy times spent playing with special people that we remember most fondly. Play is an opening to our very being.
(7) Play can stimulate the imagination, curiosity, and creativity
If we drive the same way to work, eat the same foods, live the same grind day in and day out, our minds begin to stagnate and we loose our zest for creativity. These children are able to do exercises that make objects move on the screen as they begin to learn how to use their thoughts and energy in positive, concentrated ways. I then begin to see things with a different and new perspective. My own daughter has taught me the importance of getting on a swing and flying high in the sky to laugh and get out of any hum drum I might have been in and how transformable play is. They are the Indigo Children of today. This game proves to be the exact opposite.
For too many of us, what is considered taking a risk is sometimes nothing more than taking an easier course.
(2) Playing can bring greater joy into your life
Marianne is an enthusiastic supporter of Indigo children. This view of play is sorely misguided. We can learn so much by observing the messages of the Indigo Children. Play provides us with an opportunity to choose alternatives to struggle, conflict, and worry, which are healthier and positive and fosters a sense of belonging and connection to other people. The trouble-makers.
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Marianne St. It refreshes us and recharges us.
For more information on this topic, download this mp3 interview with author, Marianne St. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. The ones who see things differently. Play is not meant to be just for children. until you change it. It may in fact be the highest expression of our humanity, both imitating and advancing the evolutionary process. The round pegs in the square holes. As humans, we crave the need to play because it is instinctive and fundamental to human existence. Marianne proposes some very challenging and exciting ideas that can change the way we live forever.
(5) Play can reduce struggle, conflict, and worry
Recently a new game was released for the computer using the dual technologies of biofeedback and computer technology.
What do you think the world would be like if every human spent time each day in play? I bet just asking you this question has brought a smile to your face. Worse, after they wear off, your energy levels crash, leaving you even more exhausted than before. .
It is amazing to watch our youth work with this game. The misfits. Yes...it is something you do (playing games, swinging, playing "tag", playing with dolls), but it is also something you watch others do, and gain pleasure from simply watching. The world is literally your mirror, enabling you to experience in the physical plane what you hold as your truth ... We're overdoing it. This state of the art game called The Journey to Wild Divine is the first "inner-active" computer adventure that combines ancient breathing and meditation with modern biofeedback technology for total mind-body wellness.
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(6) Play can increase your sense of lightness
Play is extremely important for humans from birth to death. Our genetic code demands that we play, just as it demands that we sleep, and when we resist this primal urge, our physical, emotional and mental energies are deeply depleted. Play can make work seem like pleasure, and aside from this, it is just plain fun! It creates laughter and freedom that can instantly reduce stress and add a feeling of relaxation to our daily living. Unburdened by consciousness or self-consciousness, we are caught in the moment. It can be hard. With regular play, our problem-solving and adaptive abilities will be in much better shape to handle this complex world, and we are much more likely to choose healthy answers to challenging situations as they arise. It is a form of release and connection that can tap the creativity and can allow you the chance to connect with your inner child and the inner child of others.
"Here's to the crazy ones. By increasing, decreasing or synchronizing body rhythms, through various levels of breathing, relaxation, and meditation techniques, like the "Heart Breath", you will quickly learn to master the "events" and progress in the game.
Contact Marianne St. The next time you are feeling stressed as if you can't add one more thing to your full plate, take a break. Think about the focused intentional mind of a child and how quickly they can manifest something if they are able to freely think of limitless possibilities. Clair: http://www.fivestarleader.com/MarianneStClair.mp3
You literally become what you think about most. On mornings when I get up early, I will look for the opportunities that await me such as seeing squirrels gathering their first meal of the day as the fog rests in the fields of freshly cut hay and how I imagine what it would be like to climb the tree and jump from branch to branch. Play also helps us learn our way, develop curiosity, learn to think, make new choices, discover special talents, build social relationships, make things less scary, and experience new enthusiasm for life.
(3) Play is known to reduce stress
(8) Playing softens the heart--as the heart becomes malleable, the risk of hypertension and depression decrease
(4) Playing on a regular basis can increase longevity
(9) Play can greatly enhance your energy levels
Top Ten Benefits of Play
by: Marianne St. Being play-deprived is similar to being sleep-deprived. It is a time to feel good about yourself and each other--and to just have fun together. The rebels. These factors are the very basis for a happy life and are most critical to our evolution. Starting today, carve out 30 minutes each day to engage in some form of play, and watch your joy factor rise!
At play, we are all children. Day in and day out, you feel like you've "hit the wall"--too tired to work out, dragging through the day, and continually exhausted even when you first wake up.
Characters within The Journey help you learn to control your body's reactions.
Many adults (and many children) are working from 40-60 hours per week, seeing play as a luxury that must be "squeezed into the workweek"