Today’s A-to-Z blogging challenge, wherein I’m writing a manifesto of what I believe and what delights me based on unusual words, has us wandering through the land of L. Let’s pause here so I can introduce you to a favorite word: ludic.
ludic – adj. “playful in an aimless way; showing spontaneous and undirected playfulness.”
Just being in the vicinity of the word makes me smile. It invites a loosening, a letting go, a willingness to step back into an unstructured state where we can engage with our world without our usual filters. There’s something quite expansive about that, quite freeing, And of course quite fun.
One of the things I think we most need in this world is more of a sense of playfulness. It’s not that I’ve donned some version of rose-colored Pollyanna glasses and can’t see things are challenging; that there are problems everywhere we turn; things that need to be addressed; and issues that need resolution. I understand that. But I also see how fear-based so many people are and how so much of our interaction with others is based in separation consciousness; how stressed and stretched to the breaking point so many are, and how that never makes for thoughtful, helpful, expansive decisions.
When we laugh, when we play, we open our energy and we literally lighten up. And that most definitely is a good thing.
Perhaps I didn’t play enough as a child. I certainly was a solemn sad little sprout. So I think it delights me even more now as an adult when I find myself transported into a ludic state. It’s one of the paradoxes I like most about myself – I’m mostly serious and reflective and deep-thinking, but I also delight in playfulness. I mean seriously, how many would-be wise women do you know who feel it’s their mission to keep their feet on the joy trail? The fact that life itself is ironic feels like such a wonderful example of the ludic principle in action to me.
I often associate tarot’s Fool with the ludic world. I always want to stay attached to that Fool energy, no matter where I’m traveling or what archetype I’m embodying in the tarot journey. I want to be able to tap into that playful potential.
I believe in the power and magic of ludic interludes to shift things, to open up possibilities, and most importantly invite laughter and joy.
What about you? Does spontaneous playfulness show up in your world often? What does it look like for you? What does tarot’s Fool make you think of? Do tell – you know I love to hear.