“Play: A state of of being that has no agenda but to joyfully engage with the moment. Play enables us to pass our linear, logical, analytical brain. Play is responding to the current moment instead of reacting.” – Melissa Joy Jonsson

girl playing with leaves

GAME: Find a time during your day, say breakfast or a time where usually there is some discomfort/dislike/emotional challenge.

1. Notice your discomfort, dislike, challenge, frustration and take one breath as you, quite simply, just notice.

2. Allow your self a moment to get really curious about something. Example: your child is not getting ready for the day on time and you are really frustrated by this. Get curious about your child. What might their life really be like in that moment.

3. Wonder what might be going on inside them.

4. Imagine what they might be exploring in that very moment.

5. Come back to yourself and get curious about what it would be like to add a little joy, wonderment, imagination and play into the moment.

6. Then notice if your time went by faster or slower then your original need.

Boredom is just a door way to unending possibilities. Don’t move until something draws your attention. Boredom is also the doorway to the wonder-filled world of Imagination.

img_0830There are three points that I enjoy sharing with families, with regard to how to bring Nature more deeply into their everyday lives.

  1. Welcoming: How do you welcome the natural world into your daily life/into the lives of your children?
  2. Attitude: Where is your attitude of gratitude, even for those moments/days that are less than optimal?
  3. Fostering the inherent nature of the young child (and humans): Awe, Wonder, Imagination, Curiosity and Play.

Here is an activity you can play with—whether you are indoors or outdoors—to develop a deeper relationship with our Natural World. Time needed: 1 to 2 minutes.

While you are indoors, and right before you are about to go outdoors:

  • Smell the air and notice what you notice.
  • Touch anything that is close by and notice what you notice.
  • Listen to the sounds around you and notice what you notice.
  • Taste what you taste in your mouth right then and notice what you notice.
  • Look around and see what you see.

Then take one step outside and do the exact same thing!

This is a great game to do for yourself and it is really fun to do with your young ones, up to your fully grown children! You might be quite surprised at what you notice and discover. And, you can do this at different times of day too!!! Have fun 🙂

I look forward to sharing more of these fun games and easy-to-implement foundational points in the monthly newsletters and blog posts to come.

fairy door in Wayford Woods

(Photo by Apex from this article.)