In the National Public Radio program “Speaking of Faith,” Krista Tippett interviews Dr. Stuart Brown of the National Institute for Play, who is exploring our capacity to play and its work on our spiritual and emotional development. See this video of Brown’s brief explanation with pictures of animals at play. We are hard-wired to play! But so much gets in the way of enjoying life, enjoying the gifts we have.

Dr. Brown recommends looking to the experts in approaching the art of play- children! He asks us to remember when we ourselves would play- what would we do as children? If able, try doing it again as an adult. In addition, celebrations and rituals are one way of engaging in play that many humans do well.

In mujerista theology, celebration is a cornerstone of Latin@/Hispanic cultural life. These celebrations strengthen the community, the neighborhoods, and networks of kin, godparents, aunties and uncles. At the foundation is the theological implication: life is worth celebration, even in the midst of the everyday struggle.

Whether you identify as rich or poor, remember that life is worth celebrating in some small or very spectacular way. For those who grieve, celebrations may be a tall order. But one has the choice to live in the here and now or solely look back to a happier past. As Unitarian Universalists, we focus on the here and now, and the quality of life for all humans. We celebrate life as a collective so that some individuals may grieve when needed. Not everyone can celebrate together, but in the ebb and flow of a community, we doggedly lift up the sacredness of life on this planet.

If you feel able, try playing this week.