Play can be a solo activity

“If you take yourself too seriously, there’s an excellent chance you will wind up seriously ill.” – Matt Weinstein

Matt was one of the facilitators I worked with at the Conversation Among Masters™ conference. I mentioned the event last week when we talked about the power of play – particularly how it can enhance group work and team building.

Play is just as important for all of us as individuals.

Consider the Law of Attraction, which can be defined as the concept that whatever you focus on is what you will attract into your life. If we were to respect the Law of Attraction the same as we do the Law of Gravity, it would all of a sudden seem pretty important to be focusing on positive things!

Play not only helps us attract more lightness and laughter into our lives, it also helps us to see things differently. When you take part in creative, fun activities, it’s like you shake the cobwebs out of your mind. All of a sudden you’re more open to new ideas and possibilities. Problems melt away as new solutions magically appear.

Play also has huge benefits to our health, both emotional and physical. Patch Adams is a medical doctor, clown and social activist who created the Gesundheit Institute out of his belief that laughter, joy and creativity are integral parts of the healing process (his story was told in a movie starring Robin Williams). Here are 10 everyday actions he recommends for well-being.

What feels like play for you? When do you lose all track of time because you are enjoying yourself so much? When’s the last time you laughed until you cried?

What will you do to play today?

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J. Val Hastings

J. Val Hastings, MCC, is the Founder and President of Coaching4Clergy, which provides specialized training for pastors, church leaders and coaches. Val is the author of the book The Next Great Awakening: How to Empower God’s People with a Coach Approach to Ministry and the e-book The E3-Church: Empowered, Effective and Entrepreneurial Leadership That Will Keep Your Church Alive. Val currently holds the designation of Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, the highest coaching designation.

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