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Mindful : October 2015
11ways to take time for what matters 1. Take a Play History Drum up those old playful feelings you’ve lost over years of adulthood by tak- ing a moment to reflect on how you played as a kid: Did you play mostly by yourself, or with friends (or furry friends)? What made you feel free, so you’d lose track of time and truly engage in the moment? Maybe you created imagi- nary worlds or had invisible friends or built sandcastles on the beach. As you think about this, notice if the feeling of play arises. If you notice a smile, let it linger. 2.Bea Playmaker Having a playful life means choosing right here, right now to actively engage in play on a regular basis. What we choose to do makes a big impact on our health and happiness. Do you explore, learn, look for new experiences, travel, or spend time with people who nourish you? If you choose to be an active play- maker, you’ll not only have a lot more fun—science shows you may be tapping into the fountain of youth. 3. Collect Your Toys Playing the game Trouble may not feel as playful now as it did when you were a kid (then again, it might). So it’s important to think about what things bring you joy. Consider activities that take very little effort, and some that take more effort. Maybe it’s cooking new foods, doing yoga, riding horses, visiting a trendy neighborhood, kissing, hik- ing, flying kites, playing a musical instrument, putting on sexy clothes, or looking through art books. Collect a list of your toys and then plan a playdate. 4. Make a Playdate Why should kids get to have all the fun?! Play isn’t a habit for most adults, so it’s important to intention- ally make time for it in our lives—and that means scheduling playdates for ourselves, whether solo or with a friend. Just like you schedule your days with responsibilities, workouts, meditations, and to-do lists, playdates equally deserve a recurring space on your calendar. → Children play. Nobody has to tell them to make time for it. But as adults, we can forget what play is, how vital it is, and even how FUN it is! Here are tips to bring play into your daily life and refresh your outlook. By Elisha and Stefanie Goldstein It’s Playtime! how to live a mindful life 24 mindful October 2015 PHOTOGRAPHS:©IVODEBRUIJN/STOCKSYUNITED;©ISTOCK.COM/GLOBALSTOCK,MARINALOHRBACH,VETKIT;©ZHAGUNOV_A,ANDRZEJTOKARSKI/DOLLARPHOTOCLUB