BY MIKI MARKOVICH
Am I going to suggest it’s possible to achieve enlightenment through play? Absolutely. Even if you don’t believe the army of experts in white coats clutching clipboards who repeatedly state that play strengthens relationships, improves health and increases productivity, I’m still going to challenge you to give it a try if you haven’t indulged for while. I’d love to convince you to take a 21-day play challenge. I’m going to try my best. However, I’d to at least persuade you to consider trying it for a week, then come on back to the blog and chat with me.
I’ll bet you completely accept that play is important in the development of children. It enhances problem-solving skills as well as stimulates pleasure centers. Now, tell me, who doesn’t want her pleasure centers stimulated? So surely we can agree that play is important.
So, are you ready to get started? Pick up your trusty cellular device, call your best friend and brainstorm. If divine inspiration doesn’t strike, choose an idea or three below to get started and free your inner play diva.
- Find the silliest photo op you can, snap a pic and share on your social mediums or just with your best friends. Allowing others to follow your journey can be life affirming and plenty of fun in and of itself.
- Climb that slide and enjoy the ride because you can.
- Belt out your favorite song in the shower.
- At work? Go directly to the bathroom, lock yourself in a spacious stall, put in some earbuds and dance like the madwoman you are.
- Have a serious conversation with your cat. I’m confident his opinions on global warming are beyond riveting.
- Build a fort with couch cushions and blankets in your living room. Snuggle up with your tablet or laptop to watch a favorite comedy, horror movie or throw-back cartoon.
Whatever it is you do, infuse joy into your day. A word of warning: Be prepared for the consequences. Be prepared for self-awareness, moments of tapping into your true essence with perhaps a few bumps or bruises along the way. I tried on some giant wooden shoes, ran through rows of tulips and climbed a tree last weekend. Okay, I learned that my tree climbing prowess has fallen to the wayside much like my roller skating abilities. But every time I bump that raw spot on my arm, I wince, then remember all the fun I had over the last couple days. I also got some great new profile pics.
None of these days are a guaranteed and we’re all lucky to be here. Go on. Go out. Play. Embrace your moments. Enjoy. And rock your Zen.
Miki Markovich is a seeker of beauty and truth, traveler of interesting roads, saver of furry souls, typer of words, iPhone lover and mac head. You can find her on Twitter at @mikimarkovich and @fiveminutezen. If you’re looking to go from pissed to blissed in five minutes flat, find balance or improve the quality of your life through self care, check out her website at fiveminutezen.com.