Let's Play!

This site is about games - not just any games - just the games you play for fun. In the process of growing up, most people lose touch with the sources of their personal power. Fun is one of those sources - especially when it is deep: whole-hearted, whole-minded, whole-bodied.

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

What's Fun

netless badminton

a friendly game

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So, I found this post called “A Lesson in Goal-Setting from a Friendly Game of Badminton.” I was, as you can imagine, intrigued – more about the “friendly game” than in whatever lesson it might have taught about goal-setting, so that’s what I wanted to share with you first. Here’s the friendly game part: The…

Giving off Hints

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“Giving off Hints” comes to us via a small collection of Victorian Parlour Games. Actually, it comes to us with a different name all together: “Throwing off Lights.” Two players leave the room and secretly decide upon a word. They come back to the room and carry on a conversation between themselves to help throw…

musical playfulness

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This is an example of musical humor. It is the 3-part “Difficile lectu” canon by Mozart. Because such humor tends to be most appreciated by musicians, I share enlightening insight from The Wikipedian: Although some of the canons in the 1788 set have serious (that is, religious) lyrics, K. 559 was evidently meant entirely for…

why don’t I like to play?

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This, from a post in Orgasm Daily Why don’t I like to PLAY? What holds me back? I’ve had these waking dreams lately. Memories of playing pickle as a kid in the backyard with a bunch of my childhood friends. I have these vivid memories of everything slowing down. It was so G-D fun, it…

playfulness makes it fun

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Somewhere in my review of Bateson and Martin’s Play, Playfulness, Creativity and Innovation I mention what for me is probably the most powerful of all the insights they authors share with us (and they share a lot of powerful insights, believe me you): “playfulness,” they write, “makes it fun.”  Playfulness makes it fun. Not games or…

“the most endearing aspect of science, that it allows us to reinvent the world”

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To grow up is to lose the ability to imagine that what is imagined is real. We erect walls between reality and imagination, become sensible and forget to keep the mind open to contemplate the impossible. This is what children do so well and we adults can’t, or have a hard time doing, as we try 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 ...