Mindfulness and the Sacredness of Play

by Helen Williams
I’m currently enjoying some precious inside playtime with my two youngest grandchildren in the depth of a cold New Zealand winter. Enjoying it because it is a daily study of Mindfulness as we all first learned it!  As small children, when we are given the time, the space and the peacefulness to play, then a mindful approach can be observed first hand as our natural given state.
These little ones spend hours at play, completely absorbed in the work of just being, learning through applying their centred attention to the job at hand.  There is little to distract them.  No rushed deadlines or need to be anywhere. No television, or screens of any sort, and not that many plastic toys either.  Mostly their play comes straight from their imaginations,  drawing on their daily experiences of family life.
Mindful awareness of the moment brings openness and joy to whatever is happening right then, and it’s fascinating to watch the ease in which the children weave their story of now in and around the twists and turns of movement and change, ebb and flow.
It’s an awesome mindfulness practice just sitting quietly knitting and being with them in their wonderful, gathered moments.  Observing this reminds me afresh how Mindfulness isn’t hard to learn as it’s an acquired childhood state which many of us lose and re-enter again by choice is adults.  It just requires us to re-remember it.  

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