Usually, when I engage in Animal Play few are aware I am playing this little game. However, having to write everyday about the subject upped the ante. Yes we are now on day 5 of Animal Play. Wow! This week has flown by and, I’ll be really frank – choosing to blog for the entire five days put a really interesting spin on my work and personal life.
Remember, the idea on Monday was to:
- Focus on what helps move me forward – as kangaroos cannot move backwards.
- Maintain balance in my life, just like a kangaroo does with his tail.
- Take care of my joeys (baby kangaroos) – as I don’t have any babies – I thought of this as caring for some of the work and ideas I was tending to.
- Shadow box at times for a play break.
- Swim with the tide – or go with the flow. Recall that kangaroos can move their legs independently only when swimming – not on land.
So, how do I feel about this experience at the end of the week? I . . .
- Enjoyed the added aspect of blogging as it brought a more focused presence and engaged me in sharing with others.
- Missed the low key nature of the activity as I usually practice it. And, sometimes I felt a bit pressed to have to blog about the experience at the end of the day.
- Discovered I don’t really like shadow boxing, though it was fun taking the picture!
- Loved the moments of presence, awareness and mindfulness this experience brought into my life.
- Found both added reflection and spontaneity popping up as the week went along.
- Added focus, humor and perspective in both my work and personal life.
- Used it as a problem solving tool alone and with others.
- Enjoyed using it to explore the stories I was working on!
Excuse me, it is 1/3/2017 and I still love this game – here are some of the many reasons why:
- When used in groups or individually it enlivens the atmosphere in a way that invites in the unusual and the unexpected – this is very helpful when you are trying to foster creativity.
- Helps you and/or your group reenergize, relax and focus.
- When movement is used, our brains and bodies benefit.
- It helps us gain perspective and embrace the moment.
- Its an aid to using metaphor as a vehicle for change.
- And, it is a great little problem solver.
This is a game you can play once and receive benefit, but the more you use it – the greater the benefits.You can learn more about the Animal Play activity here.
Do you see the image of me shadow boxing to the left? As I look at it now, it could easily be an image of someone sitting down for a cup of tea and I believe that is what I will do next.
Have a playful and well-storied day!
- Animal Play Day 1
- Animal Play Day 2
- Animal Play Day 3
- Animal Play Day 4
- Penguin Juggling – another example of Animal Play
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1/3/2017 – edited for clarity within the post and 5 day series. Removed images and added an image.