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Playfulness
“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at PLAY.”
― Charles Schaefer
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Life Lessons from the Play Therapy Room | Fuller Life Family Therapy

Life Lessons from the Play Therapy Room | Fuller Life Family Therapy | Playfulness | Scoop.it
How are we similar to children in our wants and needs? Learn how principles from the Play Therapy room can apply to adults to enhance healthy and happy living.

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Fuller Life Family Therapy's curator insight, April 16, 2014 3:47 PM

Ever wondered if play therapy would be beneficial for your child or for someone else you know? This is a great article explaining how play therapy works and its benefits for children. 

Betty Skeet's curator insight, May 14, 2014 11:24 AM

Applying what we can learn in the Play Therapy Room

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What is Play Therapy?

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Ever noticed how part of your inner self comes out when you write a story, poem or song?  Have you ever seen your inside reflected in a drawing, painting, or structure you created?  Well, that’s kinda how play therapy works.  Instead of talking out their concerns, children use toys and playful activities to gain understanding, process problematic issues and learn coping strategies.  Play therapy uses the natural communication of play in the therapeutic relationship to accept, respect and understand clients.

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Playing Our Way to Wisdom

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Like meditation, after play the world looks brighter, clearer and more delightful.

 

After all, it's no accident that after meditating for a few hours, we spontaneously start to play. Animal biologists tell us that if a young animal is under stress, it won't play. But as soon as it starts to feel safe... well, let the games begin! Most of us modern humans have gotten the saber-toothed tigers and woolly mastodons under control. We experience chronic stress not because our lives are in any real danger but because we believe our incessant, neurotic thoughts (and let's face it, it's a jungle in there). So the most direct path to safety is to turn down the volume of our minds and arrive with all our awareness in the present moment -- where it's safe.

 

The present moment is, in fact, the only doorway to the playground. You can't get there from not here. And when we do get here the playground doors burst wide open and unleash our spontaneous free play. In short, when we're present we become wise and everything becomes play.

 
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