TIP THIRTEEN – PLAYFULNESS ☀️
When was the last time you did something just because it was fun?
Sometimes healing can look like tapping back into our child-like playfulness and curiosity. The playful mind is an open mind and a curious mind is a hopeful mind. Therefore, cultivating playful experiences and trying out new things will lead to a more joyful experience of life. Research also suggests that rest and play are as vital to our health as nutrition and exercise!
Here’s a playful mindfulness task for you to try!
TASK: LEAF CHARACTERS!
1. Take a walk around your block (or even just in your backyard if you have one) and collect different plant parts that you come across (stuff that’s okay to pluck out of course).
2. Take a long pair of scissors and tweezers when you go. These can help you on your hunt for leaves, seeds, flowers and twigs.
3. Pay attention to all the small details, patience and mindfulness is key.
4. Once you’re back home, place your findings on a sheet of paper and make your plant characters using a range of different (and fun) combinations. Challenge yourself by using the plant parts in their original shapes and forms.
6. Tag us and show us what you create, we would love to see your leaf people!
P.S It’s best not to sneeze while doing this!
If this doesn’t tickle your fancy then try spending 20-mins a day engaging in playfulness – whether it is writing a funny poem for a friend, dressing up in a silly outfit, building an elaborate fort, drawing on the sidewalk with chalk, climbing a tree, following a tutorial on YouTube, or goofing around with friends. After all, two of the 10 guideposts to wholehearted living detail letting go of being cool and always ‘in control,’ of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth and instead cultivating play and rest, & laughter, song, and dance.
You’re allowed to do all the things you enjoyed as a child. In fact, it may be even important now. Give yourself permission to lean into joy — your joy matters, even when things are tough.