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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
Curated by Dr. Amy Fuller
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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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Empathy at Home

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Five tips for how parents can start fun conversations at home about empathy
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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 29, 2013 1:33 PM

These suggestions are playful and engaging ways to be empathetic with kids with games like "walk in my shoes" and role playing games. from StartEmpathy.org 

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» The Peacable Home: Cooperative Games

» The Peacable Home: Cooperative Games | Playfulness | Scoop.it

Then I discovered cooperative games.  As the name suggests cooperative games involve all the players working together to achieve an end goal, supporting each other, working as a team and hopefully bonding in the process.  The games themselves have a built in ‘opposition’ which might be racing against the night or the weather, but the participants themselves must all work cohesively in order to be successful and ‘win’.

These games have been a huge blessing in our house, giving us hours of co-operative fun and underscoring the values I hope to instill in my boys; kindness, cooperation and teamwork.  Rather than rejoicing in each other’s failures we can only be successful if we work as a team, just like in real life!

Dr. Amy Fuller's insight:

Cooperation is so much better for our brains than competition!

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Playing Well - Revealing the Alternative

Playing Well - Revealing the Alternative | Playfulness | Scoop.it
We experience the alternative every time we play together. It doesn't matter what we play. It's in the "playing together" part that the world as it could be, the world as it should be is revealed. ...
Dr. Amy Fuller's insight:

We experience it as fun, exciting, memorable. But, because it’s a game, we don’t see it as anything else. There we were, together, sharing community, freedom, health, joy, excellence, actually playing together, and playing particularly well. And five minutes before, we were sharing something else entirely: alienation, isolation, mistrust, anonymity, anxiety.  

from DeepFun by Bernard DeKoven


When we bring a sense of playfulness to any scenario we are creating a potential alternate reality with the power to alter the relational experience, even with ourselves. A bit of humor, from a gentle smile to raw scarcasm, can shift the energy of the room in a moment. Playfulness is healing for parenting, marriage and friendship.


Those of us earning a living by promoting "mental health" (no longer called mental illness) spend a lot of time talking and thinking about wellness. Playing well in our lives bridges the concept of wellness to a whole new level. Thanks Bernard DeKoven

Amy Fuller PhD


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