When I first answered a classified ad for the Foundation for Mind Research many years ago in New York, I had absolutely no idea who Dr. Jean Houston was, nor had I heard anything at all about her work in the world. So, suddenly I became an assistant to one of the leading pioneers of the human potentials movement, and learned so much more than I had ever imagined.
Jean Houston is a scholar, philosopher, and researcher in the field of human capacities. She’s also known as a provocateur of human potentials - and a keen observer of irreverence and whimsy. Among her many gifts is the ability to synthesize a deep knowledge of history, culture, new science, spirituality, and human development as she inspires personal growth and imaginative thinking. (I never had a clue about any of that stuff.) She’s an incredibly compelling speaker and has counseled heads of state, social leaders, educational institutions and business organizations globally, bringing forth new visions to expand human possibilities.
Play…we need it, maybe as much as kids do. Play is whatever we do for the sheer joy of doing it. Play allows us to explore, test and germinate new ideas, or shift old ones to different purpose. It generates optimism and improves memory. It relieves stress, allows us to toy with novelty, be more engaged, think more clearly. Play has the power to significantly improve our physical and mental health, stretching our ability to be flexible, to adapt, create, and innovate more easily. Play is not just for kids - it’s essential in, and of, itself.
Play can transport us back to a simpler time, when life was about having fun and enjoying ourselves. It lets us make mistakes, and even break rules. Play goes a long way in boosting our
I'm learning more about my art, and from my art, every day. It's not so much a matter of skill or practice... mostly it's a shift in perspective, a way of shaping how I look at and exist in the world.
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