Welcome to the the first blog! Getting started I want to first put it out there that the Playful path is not about a positivity bypass. What does this mean? That the idea that we are always supposed to feel good is dangerous. That the idea that some emotions are positive therefore desirable and others are negative, therefore undesirable is a harmful way to engage in our own human experience. We have feelings as indicators, emotions are powerful signposts that tell us about our inner and outer terrain and they are not to be shamed, ignored or suppressed. They are to be felt explored and expressed in safe and healthy ways. They are, in short to be played with! Just because we may choose to play with something in no way diminishes or trivializes the experiences of it. Play is a Sacred Path as is our entire human experience and all that entails. However, when we chose play over drama, we choose a different level to engage in that experience from. Drama, dissipates our power, it puts us in reactive and often blame mode; it takes a core energetic structure and and spreads it out through others usually in ways that leave us feeling small and victimized. This is still a Game, but not a very good one, in my opinion. A better game is taking accountability for our feelings, for our actions and for our choices in how we relate to those feelings actions and even the actions of others. I cannot always choose what happens to or around me, but I can choose how I respond to it how I expereince my own feelings about it. I can lean into my own discomfort and show up form myself and in doing this can better show up for others as well. Uncomfortable feelings do not mean I have done something wrong or have created out of integrity they just mean that there is a game afoot and I now have the opportunity to choose how to show up in that game. This is important for we can choose to play any game that we want all based on how we show up, what character are we portraying and what story we are perpetuating. Like any good actor in a play, we need to access the full spectrum of our human emotions to be able play the role that we are in and only when when give ourselves full access to those emotional resources can we begin to take control of our own character thereby shifting the game.