Both mindfulness and play have many definitions. They refer to a state of being, yet, are rarely considered together. Adding “play” to “mindfulness” makes the whole subject of “being aware and present” more playful.
The term mindfulness has been imported to the Western world in the beginning of 20th century and popularized in the mid 70’s, when benefits of the practice were first recognized by scientific and medical communities.
Since mindfulness has its roots in the East and most Eastern practices are meditation-based, the picture of Buddhist monks sitting cross-legged used to be a gold standard. Recently, lighter practices including conscious dance, intuitive painting, singing, storytelling, rituals and shamanic practices have expanded the classic definition of mindfulness. Read More