definition: playful; lighthearted; joyous.
A youthful mind is playful and lighthearted. It laughs easily, genuinely and with abandon.
Play and recreation go hand in hand. Play is literally an opportunity to recreate…why not recreate yourself? When you play with abandon, you enter into the present moment. You let go of the past and forget about the future.
The ego, on the other hand, is serious. It is solely concerned with power, control, and approval. When you relinquish your need to control, withhold and manipulate, and simply allow the universe and life to unfold, you create a natural state of ease, which predisposes you to lightheartedness and laughter.
Laughter is the best medicine for body and mind. Scientific studies have shown that laughter can strengthen the immune system and ease depression.
Laughter is a symptom of spirituality. Laughter is the flow of love coursing through your body. It heals. Laughter is the nectar of present moment awareness.
Play and enjoy. It will keep you young in body, mind, heart, and soul.
Meditation is a method for synchronizing body and mind in the present moment. When our body and mind are in sync, we are naturally relaxed, alert, open, and aware.
What does it mean to “synchronize body and mind”? For a moment or two, right now, pay close attention to the feeling of the rising and falling of your belly with each in-breath and out-breath. You will notice that when you pay attention in this way, even after just a few moments, your mind and body start tracking together, and everything in you starts to calm down, relax, and open.
Most of the time, our minds and bodies are not in sync. Our minds are like broken record players, going over the same habitual thoughts again and again. Our bodies are often ignored; sensations of pain and pleasure alike are “run over” by the speed and busyness of our lives. The experience for most of us in any given moment is that we are stuck in our heads, ignoring our bodies, and living one step removed from our immediate situation.
When we slow down and take time to synchronize body and mind, we experience ourselves and the world in a direct, unmediated way, without conceptual filters. It is this direct experience of the fullness, vitality, and splendour of life that is the gift of meditation.
Everything in natures resonates with the force of the Divine spirit. When we practice Mindful Yoga in the presence of these adorable little goats, staying fully present through breath and mindful movement, a natural integration with their playful, joyous spirit evolves.
Every animal has it’s own movements and postures. Adopting the guise and movements of an animal is a way of awakening to it’s essence and the spirit manifesting through it. The door opens to a deeply healing experience.
As we shape shift in this way, we stretch and strengthen our imagination. We begin to master the art of observation, looking for what we can learn from these open, loving beings.
For example, their knowledge of how to climb and jump teaches us how to trust in our ability to land on our own feet. The flexibility of their skeletal system teaches us to stretch and reach for new goals. The goat energy of balance and sure-footedness can help us regain perspective and life balance when difficulties pull us back.
Above all they remind us how good it feels to let loose, laugh, and have fun. All animals love to play…and so do we!
P.S. leelah is the Sanskrit word for playful!