Monday, July 7, 2014

Play in Place

"There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to
see beyond the usual - become clairvoyant.  We reach then into reality. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness.  Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom."  
                    - Robert Henri
Play is our brain's escape mechanism to allow us to fly when rules would keep us from even thinking of flight." - N. Wylie Jones

Imagine a sense of place that provides sensuality and security. In your mind's eye, design a spot where you feel comfortable. Move beyond frustration or strains of the day.  Continue to develop the sensory details with eyes closed. Allow yourself to feel tranquil and at peace.

Try on a scene where you stretch out on a raft that floats along a slow stream.  As the breeze circulates, your feet dangle to swish in and out of the water. It cools and calms as you breathe in and out. Create a mesh of favorite scents that arise such as tuberoses, cinnamon and pine needles. 

Add sounds of fish that splash. Listen for a ping of dove wings among branches. Run fingers along the sides of the raft and feel the sun's warmth. Combine colors and textures. Try a treat of raspberry popsicle.

Choose a time around sunrise or sunset to observe the change in light. Watch the angles. Follow where light lands in shadows and reflects off water bubbles. Hum a favorite tune, then sing the words.

Keep the image as long as you can. When it begins to fade, pick up a pen and work words into your creation of place. Let your mind encourage a write beyond the usual.

Play in place.

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