“Play energizes us and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities.” Stuart Brown, MD, Contemporary American psychiatrist
“The opposite of play is not work. It’s depression.”
Brian Sutton-Smith, Contemporary American folklorist
“Those who play rarely become brittle in the face of stress or lose the healing capacity for humor.”
Stuart Brown, MD
“The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.” William Faulkner quotes
Children and Dogs are excellent Teachers for living in the now, and illustrating the joyful necessity of play in our daily lives. Play comes in an endless variety of forms, but I find those forms that include motion to be particularly captivating. There is something so incredibly jubilant and freeing about expressing ourselves through movement; running, dancing, gymnastics, yoga, martial arts, dressage, etc.
Without a single word being spoken, those who observe such activity can see the joy, the meditative abandon, the discipline, the confidence, creativity, and the vibrant awareness of the individual expressing a unique facet of self through their motions. We are inspired, and in many cases, emotionally moved by such expression.
I remember once being overwhelmed by the perfect Beauty of the sunset over the wind-tossed ocean. Without a thought, I found myself running full tilt along the wet sand, breathing in the ocean, the sun, the wind…. exhaling an absolute joy that could not be contained within, but demanded expression. Sometimes, we all want moments in which we can become poetry in motion.