Taking time off, relaxing, and playing haven’t always been my strong point….until recently. For some time I’ve had a block that limited my play and time off – I’d been conditioned that hard work was the only way to get what you want. That the more hours I put in, the more time, energy, and effort I exerted the closer I would get to my goals. How wrong was I? Dead wrong.
I’ve been calendaring in playtime now in my schedule – putting in day hikes, time with friends, and whatever else feeds my spirit. What I’ve noticed is that my energy has been increasing, my motivation is getting stronger, and my inspiration for creativity is sky rocketing. Now you are probably thinking well yeah, of course! But you see, this has been a block for me and maybe it’s been a block for you too.
What I have noticed is that play has a purpose, and when we actually schedule time to play, practice self-care, and do what is right for us that we will see great benefits to other areas of our life. We will have more time with friends and family that is present and fulfilling. We can be more creative in our ideas and our thinking, we can be fresh and end up exerting less energy and effort on other projects.
I’ve discovered that play has a purpose. When we understand the concept of play and how it benefits every other area of our life we can tap into its incredible power and then absolutely make time to do it – much like taking a shower or checking your emails, it just becomes a part of who we are.
Painting is one of my biggest play passions. I love to paint but have never allowed myself to devote much time to it as I was always too busy – however, I had the realizations recently that painting puts me in the zone and when you are in the zone you are in the manifestation zone so my play has a purpose. I don’t play to get something I desire, I play because it feeds my soul, it enhances my spirit, and it keep me in a place of joy. And on an even better note I thought that may play could potentially lead to some other things, like what if I actually could sell some of my precious paintings – that really would be play with purpose….