Play is a four lettered word that has so much meaning and joy to it. Everyone can relate to this word somehow. When I was little I would play fairies and mermaids and play with my dollhouse, play inside, play outside, play with markers, and even, play with my fingers. Even as an adult, I feel like I am always playing. I am lucky and grateful that I get paid to play with children but in addition, I am there to make sure all of them stay alive. Children play without being told how to play. Its innate in all of us. It’s even innate in animals! I was reading an article about Play and it shared that they found in a research study of rats playing together ACTUALLY changed their brain activity. Play makes us smarter. Isn’t it funny how the one thing that our bodies just know how to do and that make us feel so good is the one thing that we try to avoid in adulthood and are told that work comes first and that it usually isn’t about or should be playful.
Think about the creative arts, we use the word play like: “What role are you playing” “I play an instrument” and etc. Okay so I just looked up what the definition of Play is on wikipedia and to my surprise, there are six definitions for the verb of play and four for the noun of “to play.” I find it so interesting that one word can have so many meanings! Also, when I was thinking about the arts and the word “play,” dance came to mind but I couldn’t figure out how you would incorporate the two and say, “I play dance.” Nope, that doesn’t work.
BUT!!! GREAT NEWS!
One of the definitions for Play as a verb says,
“Move lightly and quickly so as to appear and disappear; flicker.” (V) Play
So therefore, play does also meaning dancing and dancing means your playing. Even though children have it a lot easier to play, (and we need to encourage them to do so more often and freely without a screen) adults NEED to learn from them and play often too. It can be anything you want, as long as it’s designated time to do something that feels good to you and is fun and is a release! The creative arts (i.e.: music, dance, art, writing, acting, etc) are ways that help me play and feel like a kid again but also feel myself and express myself. That is why I studied dance/movement therapy because I believe it in my bones and I want to share it with the rest of the world!
Well, thank you for reading with me and I invite you to play!!! Play! Play! Play!
It’s good for the mind, body, spirit, and heart.
Love and light and play!