Meta-Musing ~ The Power of Play
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A couple of weeks ago, the topic was the power in the pause. Today, I would like to explore a similar, yet uniquely important topic, "Play." Remember when you were a child, and your main occupation was play? Oh! How many wonderful adventures we had; how many dreams we dreamed, and great mountains we climbed. Everything moment was filled with magic and possibility.

So...have you played much lately, or is your "Play" on "Pause?" If you are not playing regularly, maybe it is time to start. Open the door to unlimited possibilities and magic in your life.
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13
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 I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live;also that it is God's gift to man that every one should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil.


Unity Wisdom
Savannah Halloween 2006

 The home of the imagination is in the realm of ideas, where another dimension of mind is opened to it, even the kingdom of the heavens. The imaging faculty gives man the ability to project himself through time and space and thus rise above these limitations as well as all other I imitations. Even when the conscious mind is asleep the imagination continues its activity and we have dreams.

Charles Fillmore: Mysteries of Genesis 
The Power of Play

benny playing marblesRemember "recess" when you were a child? Everyone was dismissed to the playground for some unstructured time of running, laughing, climbing on the monkey bars (my personal favorite, hanging upside down by the backs of my knees), and sliding down sides, and playing "jacks" or "marbles," or the one thing I still long to learn, "double-dutch jump rope," which I have not given up on yet. 


This break from our schoolroom learning was as important as what happened in the room. This is because it was a time to stretch, move our body, rest our mind, burn up pent-up energy, and unbeknownst to ourselves, prepare for the afternoon classes.


Imagine if every day offered that opportunity. There was no option to recess, unless you were being punished. Hmmm... seems like the unspoken message here is that if you are not taking "recess" time every day it is like being punished!


Many years ago, when Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity was still on the planet and leading Unity, he would frequently shut down all of the offices mid-day and invite everyone out onto the beautiful grounds to have an impromptu picnic.  Imagine what it would be like if that happened at your workplace, or in your life?


Imagine seeing folks playing catch, or shooting baskets, tossing frisbees or throwing snowballs on winter days? It is no wonder so many of us have become so sour and old. Just because we grow up does not mean we have to grow old.


Remember, "unstructured" is an important aspect of play. It is unfortunate that today many well-meaning parents taxi their children to one structured activity after another, believing they are helping them. Meanwhile all the child wants is a little unstructured family time.


Play is important because it is done for its' own sake, and yet immeasurable positive results are reaped. Instead of employees standing around the water cooler or coffee pots griping about the boss, their mate, or the world situation, what if they were laughing and playing instead? What if parents took a break each day from their busy-ness to call the children out to an impromptu picnic, or a game of "tag?"


Play stimulates the imagination and opens our minds and hearts to dreams and adventure and spontaneity. It reduces stress. It feeds the body, mind and soul. The socialization of play strengthens bonds enhances cooperation and the ability to work together.


Jesus said we should "become as little children." Good advice!


Have you played today?


Thank you for taking time to read this week's Meta-Musing. I pray it has blessed you. For more imformation on Spirit of Unity please visit our web page

Rev. Alicia Leslie
Spirit of Unity