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Home : Feed Your Spirit : Your Life, Better
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7 Ways Toward a More Play-Full Life

Adapted by Tiffany J. French from the book A Play-Full Life: Slowing Down & Seeking Peace by Jaco J. Hamman, published by The Pilgrim Press, 2011.

To be play-full is to imaginatively and creatively engage yourself, others, God, and all of reality so that peace and justice reign within us and with others.  Here are 7 ways to have a more play-full life!


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Cultivate balance.

Most of us spend more time working than engaging in self-care. Those who are play-full have learned to add balance to their lives.


2
Ignore your inner critic.

When you hear your inner critic speaking, respond with your inner innovator, that part of you that allows you to be creative in life.


3
Be at peace in nature.

Spend some time listening to nature. Rediscover nature as the giver of life and as your home.


4
Be a traveler.

Don't experience life as a tourist, sticking to schedules and traveling on just one path.  Rather experience it as a traveler, one who discovers that there are multiple paths to take in life.


5
Find a daily spiritual practice.

Sadly, the way we do "church" often diminishes boundless play-fullness, which finds God at play, not only in creation, but also in moments of life, death, and resurrection.


6
Go slowly.

Slowness encourages you to do things at the right speed, to savor the tastes, smells, sights, and sounds of life, to touch life gently and not to rush through time and space.


7
Practice hospitality.

Hospitality gives you the opportunity to be there for others, just as God has been there for you. It creates a space where you partake in peace and allow a sense of justice to reign inside you and with others.

 

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