Last week I shared an interview with Greg Bottrill where we had just over an hour of talking all about the Education system, early years, childhood, play, the role of parents and carers, along with social change and a loving pedagogy.
If you missed the interview you can find it here.
The truth is, is that we are all born curious, intelligent, and ready to discover the world. It's the adult world that stamps it out of us with its constant rules and regulations.
It's a process of conditioning that happens in the world through typically the education system and the media and adults who are already conditioned who then condition their own children unconsciously. It's difficult to be playful and to maintain our natural forces of creativity when there are so many rules and regulations in the western world. Yet it's Playfulness to life and using the creative forces that allow us to have our high orders in the brain and to be able to use those to create wonderful things and just to simply play and find joy in creating.
Let's Define Play
Peter Gray writes;
"Play is first and foremost, an expression of freedom. It is what one wants to do as opposed to what one is obliged to do."
" Play is not always accompanied by smiles and laughter, nor are the smiles and laughter always signs of play; but play is always accompanied by a feeling of Yes, this is what I want to do right now."
Play is life
Play is Joy
Play is pleasure
Play is expressive
Play is language
Play is healing
Play is creative
Play is beautiful
Play is imagination
Play is for everyone
Play is touching the unknown
Play is learning
Play is organised chaos
Play is unexpected
Play is to be nurtured
Play is the foundation for the rest of life
Play is hard
Play is also relaxation and fun
Play exists where children are - children encourage adults to keep the play alive
Play is Freedom to understand the world and the self
Play is the highest form of expression in our world
Play is enriching
Play is how children develop
Play holds the building blocks to a successful and happy life
Play brings harmony, contentment, and love into our world
Play provides the way to discovery
Through play the seemingly impossible becomes possible
Through play anything is possible - anything can be created
Take play away from the child and you take away the soul
In order to live a creative life we have to let go of the fear of being wrong, we have to let go and unlearn a lot of things we have learned so that we can find that playful part of ourselves inside each and every one of our hearts and ask the inner child to come and play again.
We can also access our natural creative forces, we have just closed them off.
We can learn to connect to ourselves, to nature, to our inner child. We can learn to let go and peel back the layers of conditioning that hinder us from seeing our true nature.
I believe it's a lifelong process, we are always letting go of something. But we are learning all the time in this process who we really are and what we are truly capable of.
I believe our creative forces are the most powerful gift we have because we become like a child, we become playful, we become joyful and we learn to see things deeper into our imagination.
Look deeply into Nature, lose yourself, and find yourself on the journey. You are always where you are meant to be.
Lot's of love