Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Teaching Play -

People of my age often lament the loss of neighborhood games of Tag, Green Light, Red Light, and Captain May I that we used to play as children in neighborhoods filled with kids of all ages.

In Richmond, they are teaching children to play.   Read about it in the SF Chronicle.


I don't know whether to be happy that play is being taught, and thereby reducing violence, or sad that it needs to be taught.

Mammals learn through play.   We can't let that go, the spontaneous thread of joy.

There is a wonderful book called Free Play, Improvisation in Life and Art.  I recommend it.   It is by Stephen Nachmanovitch.  

from the Prologue

A god can do it.  But will you tell me how
    a man can penetrate through the lyre's strings?

          Ranier Marie Rilke

  "There is an old Sanskrit word, lila, which means play.  Richer than our word, it means divine play, the play of creation, destruction and re-creation, the folding and unfolding of the cosmos.  Lila, free and deep, is both the delight and enjoyment of this moment, and the play of God.  It also means love."


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