I–along with 50 lovely folks from the US and abroad–just wrapped up a week long online retreat. In our 7 days of self-connection, we took the time each day to be with ourselves in meditation, movement, exploration, creativity, and self-compassion. Each day offered a new theme and one of those themes was PLAY!
During our retreat, I shared some ideas for adding fun and whimsy into our days and thought I’d share some of those here…and a few others that didn’t make it into my retreat practices.
What are your favorite ways to play? Comment below to add to the list!
Find a song that makes you feel good. Make up your own silly dance to go along with it…try to make it as goofy as possible. Invite friends and family to invent ridiculous choreography together.
CREATIVE NATURE WALK
Take a walk in the woods or garden. Find 3-5 nonliving things to bring back home with you. Keep your eyes open while walking for anything of beauty or unusual on your trail. Dead leaf with an interesting color or shape, a stick that speaks to you, rocks or pebbles, pine cones or acorns, berries, mushrooms. In a sacred or private space for reflection, place the objects from your walk as if you were presenting a work of art.
This toy has been reinvented and redesigned to be an ideal fitness activity that is loads of fun! If your town doesn’t offer classes, you can find tutorials for hip, waist, chest hooping and more online or order instructional DVDs.
WEAR A COSTUME TO THE GROCERY STORE
Dress up is not just for Halloween. Just doing your normal everyday errands in wigs, capes, and bunny ears can inspire laughs.
Get yourself some markers, colored pencils, or crayons and print free mandalas from here or here. Get coloring!
NIGHT SKY WATCH
Go out and observe the stars. Find constellations. Make up your own constellations–see a shape and give it a name.
Get together with a friend and have a conversation in made up language, each of you speaking in your own gibberish as if having an everyday interaction. Use your invented language to complain and vent when you’ve had a rough day.
Check out Yoko Ono’s creative and mind-bending prompts in her books Acorn + Grapefruit.