As ‘laughter leader’ Kit Hammond-Stapely memorably says, ‘anything you can laugh at you can heal yourself of!’ (she’s not just talking illness here, but any life situation). And she should know – she attributes her recovery from a five-year bout of ‘terminal cancer’ (she has now survived both of her oncologists) to the power of play and laughter.
We can learn to take our sense of fun with us anywhere! I was recently invited to facilitate a debate at a Europe-wide conference in Hungary (considering these were senior leaders in the healthcare IT profession looking at ways to serve an increasingly elderly population at a time of economic pressure, a verrrrry serious affair!) I felt, ‘in the moment’, to introduce some ‘innovative technology’ of my own (tee hee!), which really changed the chemistry of the situation.
Power of Play workshops are all about learning to play with the situations in our life that we find difficult to deal with. Roberto Benigni taught us a thing or two about this in the film Life is Beautiful (he was dealing with the dehumanisation of being stripped and shorn for the gas chamber). We can use the alchemical power of play to transform everything from a job interview to a first date – and it’s a particularly useful skill to master at these times of social unrest, economic pressure, diminishing resources and ’2012 consciousness’ – whatever the year may, or may not, bring!
The next Power of Play workshop runs on February 20 in Guildford.
Give Tonya a call on +44 (0)791 900 6845 to find out more.