"Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up."

Pablo Picasso

May Week 4: Learning To Play


Overview And Objectives

Creative people know the importance of play. Play is wonderful for us. It is a form of curious engagement that does not have any objectives other than satisfying our curiosity.

Our high productivity oriented culture does not value play. It values innovation but that is not the same thing as creativity or play. To play you have to be open, one of the building blocks of the co-creator. Innovation seeks to take the known and tweak. That is why we have so many varieties of jam and other goods.

So we want to explore this week the building block of play,

How Do We Learn To Play Again?

When we work too much and too hard, too much of the time, it is hard to take time to play. We need to learn to live in an unstructured way open to what the natural energies around us and in us are calling for us to do. 

Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.

Charles Mingus


Imagination And Play

Different considerations about connecting when you are sensitive.

The Benefits Of Play For Adults

The many ways adult lives improve with play.

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10 Ways Adults Can Be More Playful

Great ideas for incorporating play into your life.

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Adults Need Recess Too

Different ways adult can play and the benefits it creates.

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Connecting The Dots

Questions, ideas, and insights to stimulate your thinking and to help integrate this week's information into your life.

Insight 1

Play is a great way to feel competent.

Insight 2

There are no grades or judgment with play and so we can be fully engaged.

Insight 3

Play lets us know what and how well we do when there is no judgment.

This Month's Courses

Monthly Explorations

Week 1

Week 2 

Week 3

Week 4