Day 30! Wow wow wow we have been at this for 30 days straight my friend. How proud are you of the fact that you are here reading this right now? Have you discovered many LEVELS of playing within your play signature types over the past 24 hours? Over the past 30 days? Have you been finding that you are more and more able to tap in to feelings of fun, relaxation, and stress relief on multiple LEVELS : mentally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually? I am hoping that you have found a number of LEVELS to have fun with, so that we can begin to reclaim what fun truly can be even in the most mundane of moments.
I got a chance to try this out this morning when I woke up at 8am and in my turning over to hit snooze on my alarm I caught a glimpse of blanket white dustings on my neighbors roof. My LEVEL of sleepiness to excitement drastically flipped, and I totally got a surge of feelings not unlike a little kid waking up to discover a snow day from school. Even laying in my bed watching the snow, I was already working on a LEVEL of play imagining the type of fun I would run out to have on a day like this as a kid. And you know what? Our brains don't know the difference between real play, and imagined. So for all intents and purposes, my brain was playing in that moment even though at a low LEVEL within a memory. I am practicing along with all of you not to discredit even these quietest of playful moments. I took it one step further in inviting my cat to stick her head out the window with me, observing the snowflakes in the early morning and feeling the cold air.
I rode this low LEVEL of play onward out to my porch, where I allowed it to jump up another notch. Seeing how hard the snow was coming down, contrasted against the color bursts of the still changing trees I knew I had to take to the streets. What felt the most fun to me in that moment, and the most ideal LEVEL of playing before work meetings started was to grab a really hot coffee, some waterproof boots, and my headphones for a sound walk. I haven't been in my practice of morning meditation walks this week, and surprised myself with this early morning playful want that was increasing right along with the snow accumulations outside.
I found myself smiling the whole walk, though I realized that I did not even grab a coat with a hood and definitely didn't think about what pant layers before running outside. I was too busy riding the LEVEL of my play on this unexpected wave - now in search of the quietness of the morning on our local bike path, which I was betting would be empty with the weather. I'll drop my story below to show you what I found.
As you'll see from the second half of the video, I also got the amazing opportunity to work with a dear friend who is a glass artist, in comissioning her to help me make a necklace that is dedicated to the work I have put in to this body of art for the past 30 days. This is something that I love to do- find or craft a conscious object to capture the feeling of a moment in time. This is a playing of mine that is subtle, and reminds me in a physical tangible way of the LEVEL of my real life video game where I encountered this play challenge. Over the past 30 days, I have learned how to use my play towards discipline in sitting down every day to choose the prompt, make 12 panels of art, write 9 play type personalizations, and develop a blog post around the word of the day. That is a LEVEL of playing that I have never experienced before, and now that we are nearing the end I find myself wanting to embrace it and truly capture this special period of time in a keepsake sort of way. So why not do it in play, inviting my artist-creator to collaborate with another person, and cheered on by my explorer, storyteller, collector types for this magical talisman that will be one touch away when wanting to recall this space.
Jocelyn is a super playful artist who helped me build in a LEVEL of playing today by requesting a playlist inspiration, and asking me questions around color for the custom piece she was making. It created a really subtle dance and an exciting playful moment I could access in my between-moments of waiting for a file to upload or a message response to be sent. I was nesting my play on a lower level into my day, that rode off of the momentum built up from the morning snow walk. And where did all these subtle moments in combination leave me? Feeling - POWERFUL, relaxed, and in touch with my most playful self who has wells of joyful moments to tap in to. This is in total contrast to my anxious, self-critical, worrying brain that can otherwise be running the show sometimes. So you guessed it, today we are looking at play and POWER.
Rainbows and Responsibilities
"Each of us has the POWER and responsibility to become a rainbow in the clouds."