Let's Have Fun!

This site is about fun and games - about games of an other kind. And fun of a playful kind. Playfulness is is the shortest road to happiness - especially when it is deep: as in whole-hearted, whole-minded, whole-bodied.

Because, when the fun gets deep enough, it can heal the world.

What's Fun

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Mandala – the game

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photos from The Human Mandala Project (also found on Facebook) Mandala, the Game Show everybody some of these photos of “Human Mandalas.”  Ask people to make up their own mandala-like shape (divide into appropriate size groups as necessary – who knows how many people you can get into one mandala?) Establish a good place for some…

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When extraordinary fun is ordinary

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If we follow the thinking of Dr. Peter Gray, author of Free to Learn, we might dare to believe that there are people for whom extraordinary fun is not extraordinary at all – but a way of life.  A keen observer of the importance of play in the evolution of the human spirit, Dr. Gray finds…

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Bernie Found Nirvana – when it’s fun to lose

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Giving up is hard to do. It’s unsportspersonlike, to say the least. Which, apparently, is not what I’m about to say, leastwise. On the other hand, if it’s part of a game, and if it’s unavoidable, then, all of a sudden, it’s fun to admit defeat. It’s almost, in this kind of game, an act…

Rock/Scissors/Paper Tag at Tel Aviv University

Rock/Paper/Scissors and Beyond

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Games are in a continuous process of evolution, just like their players. Every now and then, one particular way of playing becomes especially fun – primarily because of the people who are playing it. So it becomes distinct from the continuum, its own separate game. It is very useful to be able to see the…

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New Games – an historical perspective

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New Games – the movement New Games provided entire communities of players with another way to access coliberation – games, and a style of leadership, whose sole purpose was to create and maintain a play community for maybe an afternoon, or an hour. A community that could embrace anyone who wanted to play, regardless of…

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Person to Person

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PEOPLE TO PEOPLE from Bernie DeKoven on Vimeo. When people start talking to me about “barriers to intimacy” and how vital it is that we find ways to help other people transcend said barriers, I start talking to them about a silly game called “People to People” and, more recently a variation called “Person to…

We are particularly interested in one kind of fun – the playful kind, the kind of playful that makes us laugh together. Because in laughing together we are sharing the wonder of the fun we create, the love we manifest, the mind-body-soul-deep wellness we share, the momentary lowering of the divisions that separate us.

“To play is to be the bridge between mastery and mystery, chaos and control, the foolishly brave and the bravely foolish.”

– the Oaqui

Bernard De Koven

Bernard De Koven, author of The Well-Played Game and A Playful Path, describes and illustrates the power of adult playfulness, engaging the audience in several of his more playful games, and demonstrating how joyfully adults welcome the opportunity to expose their playful selves. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Fun Is Easy

It’s wherever you are, in whatever you are doing or sensing or thinking. It’s between you and the person you’re with or the machine you’re using or the table you’re sitting at or the path you’re walking down. It’s not something to strive for. But something to melt into, to sink into, to open up to. Listen. You can almost hear the laughter. Breathe. You can almost taste the joy. Listen a little more closely. Breathe a little more deeply. And there it is again. Fun. Real fun. Deep, forever fun.

Fun isn’t the hard thing. The hard thing is remembering to have it ...