Do You Wanna Play With Me?

Deepak Chopra quoteListening to a guided meditation from Deepak Chopra, he spoke about the importance of having fun, letting go, relaxing and playing – being carefree.

He said, “Renew your playful spirit, the miracles will follow. The happiest make time for these things (joy, spontaneity & fun). They allow the brain to refresh itself. They renew the spirit. Being too serious or heavy takes away from our playful, joyful self – it also keeps your spirit from expanding. No matter how old you are, you will be young at heart if you know that play renews the spirit.”

As I contemplated this, I thought perhaps I’m not playing enough.

The summer is flying by and, while I consider myself to be a playful and fun person, I have found myself behind my computer, more often than I’d prefer. I take walks in the park and get on the swings (like the kids in this pic), but not nearly enough. And, I feel there’s more I can do to nurture my spirit (and inspire my creativity).

The Subdudes, New West FestSo, this last weekend, I changed that. I went out to my dance class and then, on the spur of the moment, I got in my car and drove to a music festival to join a friend (when initially my thought was “I need to work this weekend.”). Spent the day in the Colorado sunshine, listening to tunes (those are The Subdudes in the pic), dancing and enjoying camaraderie.

Taking time for yourself, nurturing yourself, also nurtures your business. And, it can inspire you, as it did me, with ideas for your blog, your marketing, your life!

What do you do to bring out the playful side of yourself? Are you working ALL the time and forgetting about nurturing that spirit (and inner child) within? Please share your comments below because I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks and here’s to your joy and happiness – today and every day.

Debra Jason

Marketing & writing with heart, not hype at at The Write Direction
A recipient of the “Creative Person of the Year” award, Debra educates and empowers creative solopreneurs and enthusiastic business owners to create a lifestyle business that provides them with the flexibility, fun and freedom to do what they love. She also inspires you to communicate your marketing message in a way that captivates and converts your prospects into loyal, raving fans - even if you have been struggling with how to transform your ideas into words in the past.

Comments

  1. Increased play and joy is one of the foundations of my business name. As women, some of us mothers, it is definitely an issue. I was listening to NPR about how many more women are in the workforce with men staying home and watching kids. Due to cultural changes it appears we have many more women entrepreneurs. Thank goodness for beautiful places to live like Arizona and Colorado!

  2. I agree Debra. I come from a long line of workaholics, and I used to think I do not want to turn out like them. I love to work and I do work more then most, however I do take the time to rejuvenate myself. If I do not take care of me I cannot take care of others…in business or family. Thank you for the reminder.

  3. As a recovering workaholic, I couldn’t agree more! I try to put “days of play” into my month on a regular basis and “hours of play” into every day.

    I used to be really horrible at play and it is still something I have to “schedule,” but with practice, I’m getting better. ツ

    This past week my son and I spent the day at one of our favorite places. “Catching” butterflies on camera, laughing, chasing our dog and reading outdoors. It is always a glorious day. We had so much fun we may go back again before it gets too cold.

    One of our favorite things to do is take “dance breaks” in our kitchen. Loads of fun.
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  4. Debra… it’s good to know I’m not the only one who thinks about this. I often times take time to relax, let go, and have a little fun… but always need to be thinking “I should be working”. I love my work, but it’s not what makes me who I am. If nothing else… this reinforces that I need to be ‘present’ when I’ve taken time to have fun and enjoy life. Thanks for the reminder 🙂
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  5. Thankfully I have learned the lesson of all work and no play is not good! Now if I could just teach it to my husband. It is definitely an issue with him! We both tend to be workaholics, especially when we are working on something we enjoy. But some life events made me stop and think about what type of memories I was making for my family – and myself. We did just return from a wonderful 2 week road-trip and he didn’t grumble once! Perhaps he is not an entirely lost cause! Thanks for sharing Debra! Maybe I can use this to inspire him!
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  6. I’m still inthe afterglow of a cruise to Bermuda. But on an everyday basis, it seems like play is a frame of mind more so than any actual activity. So when I polish up a blog post or do a Google hangout with someone, I always seek the FUN parts of it. Oh yeah…that and juggling. 🙂
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  7. Whilst we are committed to working hard to build our business, we often forget to stop. This leads to overwhelm and exhaustion. Getting outside like you mention is really good for your soul. It clears the mind and renews your enthusiasm.
    Thanks Debra.
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  8. I so agree. Not always easy to remember to do but it does make a world of difference when you take time out to have fun.
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  9. Debra, a very appropriate and well timed post. I think too many of us (me included) do not get out and just play or get out and have fun. These past two years, I have found myself too much in front of the computer rather than realizing that part of of fulfilling life is to balance it with other things. Deepak Chopra always seems to have a great message the hits home. Now it is just doing it – I am logging off and going to play some golf.
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