In my previous post, I listed five things we (you and I) can do to bring playfulness to our daily lives. Now, I'd like to offer five ongoing inspirations — projects, tools and organizations — that have been helpful to me in keeping play present in my life. I hope they can be helpful to you, too.
First, I can't mention InterPlay enough. This is a wonderful, well-established set of practices and forms that helps people to unlock the wisdom of the body using active, creative means. Personally, I appreciate it enough to be a “certified leader” in InterPlay. You can find out lots more about InterPlay and connect with them various places by starting with their “about me” page.
That being said, if you can't get to an InterPlay event, the best practice I can recommend is to use the InterPlay Inspiration Deck as a daily tool to get your dose of playfulness. This may lead to introspection or pure fun. I just know that it's an awesome initiator and reminder to be present and inspired each day. I pick a card from The Deck almost every day, so it sits next to my computer desk constantly.
Second, check out the work of Stuart Brown, M.D., who takes us back to the 15th Century to remind us that adult play is not new.
Third, help “Seriously: the Movie” to get off the ground and spread the word about play even more! This awesomely playful project combines real-world examples with current research and is still in its early stages at the moment. Expect to see their crowdsourcing get underway soon.
And finally, look for playful people. You may be surprised. There may already be “playgroups” in your area waiting for you to join.
I'm sure you have other play-based organizations and projects that others can use to encourage play locally and globally. Please post them here so that we can all benefit from the wonders of play.