Discussion in 'Black People Open Forum' started by Corvo, Sep 24, 2012.
The need for Play?
how much play/playing in your life?
Good question. All work and no play leads to much stress
"To me there is something very deep here. When you dance, your spirit feels free. When you play, your spirit feels free. So why would dance and play be included in a martial art (Capoeira)? Maybe I'm looking too deeply at this, but is there a life lesson there? It's like saying in the middle of a fight (or a very hard struggle) you need things that can free your spirit a little or lighten the load a little. It reminds me of this. Sometimes my work includes very long days with a lot of hard labor and often very little sleep. If you joke around throughout the day, it seems to make the day go by easier. Maybe I'm thinking too deeply on this".
The element or better, the component of play within Capoeira practice has been a crucial part to it’s development. Play as we call it, has always been an integral part of African cultures in most west and central African nations. Play has facilitated many of the learning process of bow hunting, spear throwing, physical development as in races and so on….
Playing, joking around and light teasing are ways Africans have used to straiten their bonds and learn to cope with the hardships of their realities, historically. The games Africans partake are many that resemble Capoeira, like Batuque, Broma (Colombia), Congo (Panama) and A’jia (Martinique). It’s in fun, that Africans would participate in these endeavors. In fun, away from their hardworking life’s
there is a life lesson for just about anything. that's for sure. you aren't thinking too deeply at all. you are displaying critical thinking skills, something that a lot of us need to exercise more often.
I agree. That was another's post on Capoeira.com forum. I posted it here, cause, some people don't give things much thought. Perhaps opening a talk on this forum. I feel this culture can give more time to personal play/interaction. I think we tend to be too much in our heads, here in the USA.
In the Spirit of Sankofa,
... Indeed Corvo, indeed:
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy is a proverb. It means that without time off from work, a person becomes both bored and boring.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy - Wikipedia
Who first said "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"?
Answer: The sentiment is so old that nobody is sure who said it first! In 2400 BC Egypt, the sage Ptahhotep wrote something that some people think* is related to the proverb:
One that reckoneth accounts all the day passeth not a happy moment. One that gladdeneth his heart all the day provideth not for his house. The bowman hitteth the mark, as the steersman reacheth land, by diversity of aim.http://carlygoogles.blogspot.com/2012/01/who-first-said-all-work-and-no-play.html
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