Theresa Garcia’s Commentary —
Toward the end of the interview, responding to the question of people who feel they never had a sense of play: “Dr. Brown: Well, then you start with things like rhythm and movement and those things that intrinsically produce some sense of pleasure and joyfulness. Well, as Bob Fagen says, “Movement fills an empty heart.” This could be an ad for Rosen Movement, which uses fun music, basic anatomy-based movements, connection, and playfulness to cultivate awareness and vitality.
Transcript for Stuart Brown — Play, Spirit, and Character
Published on June 18, 2014 by On Being with Krista Tippett
Stuart Brown: I could ask you as a parent and any other parent that’s listening with a young child, you know, say a child over 3 but under 12. And if you just observe them and don’t try and direct them and watch what it is they like to do in play, you often will see a key to their innate talents. And if those talents are given fairly free reign, then you see that there is a union between self and talent. And that this is nature’s way of sort of saying this is who you are and what you are. And I’m sure if you go back and think about both of your children or yourself and go back to your earliest emotion-laden, visual, and visceral memories of what really gave you joy, you’ll have some sense of what was natural for you and where your talents lie.
[Music: “Seven League Boots” by Zoe Keating]
Ms. Tippett: Where I’d like to start with you is where I start with every interview, whatever the subject is. I’d like to just hear a little bit about, let’s say, your background spiritually as well as your background of — as a person who plays.
is founder and president of the National Institute for Play near Monterey, California. He is co-author of Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul.