Only a child can reach a state of doing with the whole heart, without thinking of anything else, without hesitation or doubt or fear of criticism. — George Sheehan, M.D.
It's so important that we have play in our lives. The constitution of play is different for each of us. For me it is being outdoors, especially if I am walking or running. There's something about moving my body through the environment around me that is transcendent. It allows my mind to clear out the cobwebs and work through my anxieties, and I often return with a sense of inner peace and clarity. By definition play is something done for play's sake. It need not have a higher purpose.
Play doesn't have to be in the form of physical activity. It can be anything that brings you joy. I also experience play when I'm sitting in front of the piano or meandering around the dog park with my pooch. These activities are not essential to my existence, but they certainly enrich it.
I love Dr. Sheehan's words in the quote at the top of this post describing how play is fearless. What are the moments that you don't have self-doubt or fear criticism? Chances are, this is where you will find your play.