Playing is such a wonderful expression of our aliveness. Its lightheartedness warms the heart and soul. We start off playing as infants, children and adolescents, and there is a sense that play belongs to the domain of children. Watching a child play and explore can be delightful: Its total absorption and becoming one with the activity or object, its delight when the object does things the child didn’t expect followed by a bursting out of spontaneous giggles and laughter in response to such unforeseen and surprising events. Children explore the world and learn through play and we may wonder why we call this activity ‘play’ given that we’re told that it serves serious purposes.
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