As I am prepping for my talk at Creative Mornings next week, I am reconnecting with the concept of Magic and it's pre-requisite: Play. What I am thinking a lot about these days is how seldom we're asked to get outside of our comfort zone. As adults I think we create these sanctioned avenues for safe exploration - like our hobbies or social engagements, but even those are within an easily identifiable safe zone. There's nothing wrong with this, it's just where we are.... but life wasn't made to be so predictable, so even when these safe structures exist, inevitably life is gonna screw them up. What helps in these moments is knowing how to be flexible. When we do all our regular adult stuff in our safe zones, we sometimes lose flexibility - and that's why we need to create time to play.
In my current projects I emphasize participation and mostly I do this because I want people to play with. Play is great and most of us have forgotten how to do it - I'll give you a practical guide to it if you want it, just send me an email.