Lately, I’ve been playing with my niece and have noticed the energy she carries - of curiosity, presence, and playfulness - in exploring and being part of the world. Daring with a smile is what comes to me right now.
I feel this is the core essence in every human and sometimes, these fun feelings seem to get lost in the majority of us and replaced with “hows “shoulds” and “whys”.
This core essence is also taken over by overwhelm, frustration, wordy well-meaning teachers, parents, gurus, societal standards, and comparison to others.
Things get soooo darn serious as we become adults - learning becomes serious because play becomes serious; we HAVE TO WIN instead of playing to have fun and enjoy life.
We lose our glow :(
How do we get past our self-imposed limitations and learned fears in the world with the eyes and energy of a child?
So how do we learn to play and explore again?
Here are some ideas:
*LET GO OF EXPECTATIONS: use your imagination to be willing to step beyond your boundaries. I can pretty much guarantee the outcome will be less embarrassing than falling in the snow on your butt at a busy intersection.
*BE CURIOUS: use your senses instead of your mind. Touch, smell, listen, and observe what’s going on in your immediate surroundings. If it freaks you out, breathe and see if anything changes. If not, ask why.
*MOVE: have fun in your environment. Flit around like a butterfly at a party you don’t know people, spin a circle, get dizzy. BE IN YOUR BODY INSTEAD OF YOUR HEAD.
*LAUGH MORE: don’t just text LOL - but laugh out loud on the train AS you text it! Laugh until your abs hurt. :)
Sometimes we don't feel ready to do something new, but it’s the only choice we have to glow and flow.
Remembering to explore the world like a child while consciously in our bodies will help us have fun in the process!
So finally - what’s a commitment you can make this week to nurture your playful curiosity of life that you’re a vital part of?
I’d love to know...
Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Visionary Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tikiphile, digs jazz (well, all types of music really!), double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.