CONFUSED ABOUT PLAY? START HERE.
Play is how we learn to survive, but it is not driven by fear. Through play, we learn skills of survival. Building towers is how we learned to build shelter. Playing tag is how we learn to run from zombies. But if we were told to play tag because the apocalypse is coming next week, we’d be in our head studying strategy instead of testing the limits of our mind and body.
As we deepen play, our natural playful instincts return. We learn how play drives us towards things that matter to us and engage our spirits. We need to be able to let go of the pressure and let play be open, pointless, and purely joyful. And trust that eventually, it makes its way back into our lives in real meaningful ways.
Play is deeper than happiness and lives right alongside our busy life. Because play is primal, it is there in our grief, our sadness, our exhaustion, and our overwhelm. Play is a lens on life that does not need you to have your shit together. Thank. Goodness. The goal is to learn your play language so it weaves in as a way of self-exploration and self-expression–offering a path to connection and self-liberation. It meets you right where you are.
Play is not a behavior, but the experience of a behavior. It is a personal experience within the body and not the same for everyone. In many ways, play is a lens on life and not some big thing we do. It’s not an activity. It’s not a club. As a result, play can not be prescribed universally–but rather it is a lifelong treasure hunt to find more and more joy. BUT….
While play is personal, play is also universal. Because play is natural to our human experience, everyone is able to play. We have unique play patterns that we carry throughout our lifetime. Like a thumbprint. Finding your play personality and style can empower us back to our core sense of self.
Together you and TJ will explore your history of play and weave it into your current life. This is a natural and practical way to reintroduce play so that play doesn’t feel like “work” but rather returning home to yourself.
When we play, we step away from the clock and self-assessment. Time stands still and as they say “time flies when you’re having fun.” We don’t assess and self-analyze, it is a moment that is abundant with permission. We lose ourselves to the moment and separate ourselves from the work of surviving day-to-day.
When we play, we abandon our survival instincts for the thing that is right in front of us. This inherently makes play a vulnerable experience. It is important to find access points to play that are safe with your life and system at this moment. Play isn’t full of big things and it’s not OUT there, it’s something that gets weaved into the fabric of your life right here and right now.