|The Best Health Insurance Plan - A State of Play|
|Post by Vaishali|
|Sunday, 16 May 2010 17:08|
Practicing medicine without a license: we learned our first and most powerful meditation technique and psychological skill as kids — while playing house. Have you ever considered that everyone is born knowing how to play? If we are all born with an instinctive knowledge for something, that wisdom must be pretty important to life itself. For instance, without play, what would be the point of life?
As Jack Nicholson so famously expressed it in a Stephen King classic (The Shining), “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
Not to mention unhappy and unhealthy.
And from the looks of it, the real Jack has had no shortage of play.
But play does more for us than entertain an otherwise dreary existence. Play liberates the mind, the emotions, and the very soul of our being.
Eastern philosophies define enlightenment as being in the present moment, and not having a problem with it. For example, reflect back on when you were a kid playing “house” or “doctor.”
Did it ever occur to you to add to the imaginary scenario that you had too many bills to pay, not enough hours in the day, or a patient lacking health insurance that couldn’t pay your bill? Of course not.
Hey, the fact is, you were practicing medicine without a license! But if you did give those thoughts your attention, you would cease to play. You would no longer be in the present moment. When we play, these states of limitation never enter our thoughts.
Some say you can meditate your way to enlightenment.
Others say it can be done with a vow of poverty or silence.
Personally, if I have any choice in the matter — and we all in fact do — I would choose to play my way into a fully liberated state of existence. The enlightened ones are not necessarily on a mountaintop in Tibet; they could be the ones in the sandbox at the playground.