i saw two children playing on the beach yesterday. learning to balance on a log, carefree, sand-covered and happy.
after a beautiful yoga practice in the afternoon, as tropical rain poured outside and thunder sounded in the distance, i sat with three other yogis to watch "little buddha" on a projector screen in the cozy yoga hall. the movie is mostly about children, and there is a great deal of play.
playing is how animals learn. it's how humans learn, too. if we want to expand, we can not just work and be serious all of the time. there must also be frivolity, fun, mirth, humor, lightheartedness, and levity. buddha himself - after sitting under that tree for six years - became enlightened only when he realized that austerity alone will not bring the answer. there must be balance.
my guess is he started doing cartwheels. or maybe balancing on a log like these little children. wouldn't you, after sitting for six years?