Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art

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J.P. Tarcher, Incorporated, 1990 - Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.). - 208 pages
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"There is an old Sanskrit word, līla, which means play. Richer than our word, it means divine play, the play of creation, destruction, and re-creation, the folding and unfolding of the cosmos. Līla, free and deep, is both the delight and enjoyment of this moment, and the play of God. It also means love. Līla may be the simplest thing there is--spontaneous, childish, disarming. But as we grow and experience the complexities of life, it may also be the most difficult and hard-won achievement imaginable, and its coming to fruition is a kind of homecoming to our true selves."--Introduction, page 1.

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User Review  - jasoncomely - LibraryThing

Thick with references to Zen Buddhism, Taoism, mysticism and Christianity - Free Play shows us that the creative process is a spiritual path. There were moments I thought Nachmanovitch overelaborated with metaphors, but many more times when he took my breath away with deep insight. Read full review

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Good book to read to remind yourself how 'serious' the sense of play truly is in nurturing creativity. Allowing ourselves the freedom to fail, we can become unencumbered by expectation and recreate a sense of childish abandon (and bliss). Vital reading in a world as out of touch as our's. Read full review


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