Do you ever feel foggy about what to write or how to go forward?
I do at times. In fact, I was feeling this way right before writing this article.
Here’s what happened.
Although I was excited and motivated to get writing, none of the ideas I had felt quite right to go forward with.
Determined to find clarity, I hit the meditation pillow with my dog by my side.
My pup, Gary, is normally a great meditation buddy. However, this time, when I closed my eyes and focused on my intention, he started hustling to play.
He pulled out all his best moves: putting toys on my lap, wagging his tail like a helicopter, rolling over, nudging my arm with his goofy smiling face.
I tried ignoring him in hopes he would stop. I kept trying to reconnect to my practice, but waves of frustration replaced the connection to my breath.
However, as I got up to kick him out of the room I looked into his eyes and at the toys piled around me.
My frustration softened, I softened.
I tossed the ball. We chased each other.
I laughed and felt lighter.
This playful space was a gift. It facilitated the clarity I was looking for. With each toss of the ball and with each chuckle at his goofy gait down the hallway, my fogginess started to clear.
I jumped back into my writing with enthusiasm.
Play is powerful. It is how we learn and think creatively. Animals learn to hunt through play. It is necessary for survival.
Play gets us into our bodies, it helps us to think differently and work through challenges. It helps us ground into ourselves and our work.
Play is a counter-intuitive way to get more done and gain clarity and focus.
Getting into a playful mindset can have positive effects on our thinking and can activate the muse. It helps us get rid of heavy feelings that might be blocking us.
We don’t have to always wrestle with a goofy dog, but we can engage in various types of play.
We can find ways to laugh.
Call to mind a memory that makes you smile or brings you joy. Keep an exercise ball near your computer to bounce on, doodle, shake it off (Taylor Swift dance party anyone…who is with me?).
Find ways to open to the lightness that is always present within you.
I can easily spend my entire day in front of the computer. This can be productive at times and at others, not so much.
Getting up and reconnecting to a playful part of ourselves fuels the creative fires. It helps us bust through blocks, find clarity. It helps us brush off cobwebs that prevent us from traveling new pathways in our thinking and work.
Nurture play in your writing practice. Nurture laughter in your life.
Now over to you:
Have you experienced the positive effects of play in your life? Share your thoughts in the comments below.