”…playfulness, a sense that the world is full of possibilities, that it is not fixed and stable and finished, that it thrives in the fertile middle ground that is not yet ‘this’ or ‘that’ but in fact both ‘that’ and ‘this’ at once.” -Eric G. Wilson
Being playful is, in a way, holding the mindset that the world is a playground and life is a game, and thus is open to—and encouraging of—exploration and experimentation; it’s a state of always remaining open to possibilities and adapting to the situation at hand. Playfulness often manifests as improvisation, encourages creativity and requires mindfulness to maintain.
Because playfulness is a perspective, it’s possible to be playful in any situation. But how do you become more playful? I don’t claim knowledge of any absolute truths or solutions—particularly because the ideal solution is is, in many ways, individual to you. However, playfulness itself, and the triad mentioned above, can all be trained, improved, and cultivated with movement.
This site is my take at understanding and answering that question for myself, which I think may offer some useful parallels for you to adapt for your own use. What I have written here so far explores that question of how to become more playful, particularly through shifting away from the limiting concepts surrounding fitness and exercise towards a more holistic approach: treating movement as something which should lift you up and be integrated into your life in a big way, rather than being relegated to a small and uncherished corner of your life suited for staid obligations.
Here’s a selection of some of the top articles from the site:
- Resting Smiley
- Movement Game: Over, Under, Through
- Feeling Creative
- Passion, Purpose, and Practicality (Part 1)
- Passion, Purpose, and Practicality (Part 2)
- Passion, Purpose, and Practicality (Part 3)
- Shooting yourself in the foot. Harnessing handicaps to amp up creativity, challenge and turn the mundane into the extraordinary
- Digging for Energy: How Play Feeds the Body and Soul (and where I potentially make a fool of myself)
- Antifragile – Paper tigers, the zombie apocalypse, and fitness
- Overlooked Obstacles: Parking Stops
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