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The “Why Not?” Practice: Making Space for Play

Connection and Compassion (2)“Expressive movement reaches its pinnacle in free play. It is observed in many mammals and all humans and is individualistic. It can consist of the spontaneous leaps and gambols we see in sheep, horses, and wolves. It is seen in humans as free associative movement that unfolds not through any external dictates, but motion that arises from a deep immersion in direct experience, following the moment to moment stimuli of the senses, of feelings, of images.”

-“Life Dancing Itself” by Christine Caldwell, from the On Being blog

As mentioned in the Beautiful Moments post, my friend Melissa inspired the “Why Not?”  practice as an outcropping of “Beautiful Moments.”  The basic idea is this:

There are things that are very possible and would bring us joy, but we often don’t do these things.  Why not just do them and see what happens?

The classic example the two of us often refer to is walking through the grass in bare feet.  She has a lovely story where her four-year-old daughter imparted this wisdom to her one day in the back yard:

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