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Playfulness – To Become a Child Again

Playfulness is the pure joy of engaging in play for its own sake, untethered from the constraints of competition, achievements, and rewards that often characterize our conventional approach to play. Playfulness reveals a world where play is a self-rewarding activity, transcending the pursuit of victory or recognition, steering clear of the emotional turmoil, tension, frustration, disappointment, and inadequacy that frequently accompanies goal-oriented activities. The relentless chase of ambition can, paradoxically, bind us, whereas playfulness liberates, embodying the self-sufficiency of joy much like the unpremeditated delight in a child's spontaneous play.

Playfulness invites us to rediscover life's inherent harmony, echoing the boundless creativity, magical patterns, and vibrant colors that define the natural world. It is an invitation to recapture the childlike wonder that views life not as a series of objectives to be conquered but as a miraculous canvas of endless possibility and imagination. Engaging in playfulness, we rekindle our innate creativity, aligning ourselves with the rhythm of nature's creative forces. This alignment is not passive; instead, it is an active participation in the tapestry of life, contributing our unique patterns to the ever-evolving richness.

By embracing playfulness, we immerse ourselves fully in the present moment, experiencing a profound connection with the beauty and vastness of existence. This state of being is reminiscent of children who embody the essence of flow in their pure engagement with the world.

Ultimately, playfulness transforms our perspective of the universe into that of an infinite playground, a space where our consciousness can soar freely, unencumbered by the mundane concerns of daily life. In this cosmic playground, we become children, delighting in the mysteries of existence, forever exploring, learning, and celebrating. This shift in perspective is not merely an escape but a profound return to the essence of living fully. In this return, we find ourselves at the zenith of life, celebrating the sheer joy of being fully alive.

How do you become playful?

Observing children deeply engrossed in play offers valuable lessons in the intrinsic nature of playfulness, serving as a mirror to our often-overlooked capacity for pure joy and creativity. When we engage in play by entering a child's world on their terms, we foster a connection and cultivate an appreciation for unadulterated playfulness. This approach allows us to transcend the boundaries of our routine existence and embrace a state of joy unencumbered by the self-imposed limitations of our adult persona.

When the impulse for play emerges within us, it beckons us to set aside considerations of age, self-image, or any societal expectations that may hinder our expression. Embracing this impulse invites a remarkable form of freedom, a liberation from the constraints that adulthood often imposes. This act of play is not merely a return to the carefree days of youth but a profound recognition of playfulness's timeless value in our lives.

Inviting the children we once were into our current lives is a deeply enriching process that connects us with the purest parts of our essence, characterized by curiosity, wonder, and an unbridled capacity for joy. This practice involves a conscious effort to tap into the memories, feelings, and perspectives we held as children—moments when every new day brought endless possibilities and when our imaginations knew no bounds.


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