Dear Hillel, Thanks for your thoughtful reflection on my posting. I have been a student of Thich Nhat Hahn's work for many years, and there are so many wonderful stories that he tells about "happiness *is* the road".
The seeds of joy and freedom are buried deep in our consciousness. And Thich says "if we do not water these seeds, peace will never be obtained. We run away from ourselves because we do not want to touch our pain, suffering, anger, or despair." We look outside for happiness. And having forgotten our essential, playful nature is often at the root of this striving and suffering.
I feel that the mindfulness that you are bringing to playful learning is very deeply connected with helping others of all ages find ways to breathe consciously, to smile, and be fully present in each moment. Inviting creative expression is a way to plant seeds of joy and freedom in people's lives.
I am also linking to my website, where there are some brief essays on how I've been working in online communities to help people re-member themselves. [http://event.tmn.com/events/atp/]