...from the Balinese Medicine Man: “He tells me
there are many ways to God but most are too complicated for Westerners, so he
will teach me an easy meditation.
Which goes, essentially, like this: sit in silence and smile. I love it. He’s
laughing even as he’s teaching it to me.
Sit and smile. Perfect.”
“You study Yoga in India, Liss?” He asks.
“You can do Yoga”, he says, “but Yoga too hard”. Here he contorts himself in a cramped
lotus position and squinches up his face in a comical and constipated-looking
effort. Then he breaks free and
laughs, asking, “Why they always look so serious in Yoga? You make serious face like this, you
scare away good energy. To
meditate, only you must smile. Smile
with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away
dirty energy. Even smile in your
liver. Practice tonight… Not to hurry, not to try too hard. Too serious, make you sick. You can call in the good energy with a
"Children expend considerable
energy in 'clowning around'. They refuse to appreciate the gravity of our
monumental concerns, while we forget that if we were to become more like
children, our concerns might not be so monumental."
Try getting angry at someone in a Boston accent. It just doesn't work as the other person can't help but smirk and smile and eventually we're all laughing. When I get agitated or excited or tired my accent slips through, unnoticed by my usual filters that have been built up over many years, in an effort to speak "correctly". But the slip-up can be useful humor relief when it's needed the most - in times of stress. Remember to laugh when you get over stressed. It's better for your body, for your challenges, for your healing. Photo: Stock.xchnge
“Women Power in Laughter Clubs!!! On the occasion of Women's Day, I would like to express my
thanks and gratitude to all the women of the world who contribute to love
laughter and peace in this world.” Dr Kataria
I woke up this morning – Valentine’s Day – still dark
outside viewing a downtown office building draped over the top with a large
strip of pink.It started my day
As I’m doing my morning exercises, something triggers the
memory of a friend recently coming to visit on his birthday, piece of cake in hand, plopping himself down at my kitchen table, requesting a candle and
a match, plopping them into his celebratory slice of cake and demanding that I
sing “Happy Birthday” to him.Ha-ha-ha!!!!!!Too funny!It’s his birthday ritual not to be
Find humor in life.It’s everywhere if you’re open to it.
I've been performing my morning laughter ritual slightly
differently lately.Instead of
going through the laughter exercises, I conjure up some very
funny stories from my life:
· * Adele, the 80-something ex-nun in our writing
class, who loved to shock, using the f-word, causing Bill, the sweet
80-something ex-newspaper reporter, to gasp slightly and question his ears with
a “what?” causing the ex-nun to gleefully repeat her f-word….well you had to be
there to get how hysterical this repartee was.
· *My friend’s 5 year old daughter spontaneously,
and for no clear reason, shouting“Barbie Win!!!”with fist
pumped in the air for emphasis.
* * Or Rex doing his James Brown imitation!!!
Retrieving memories, that kept me howling then, are keeping me howling now.
Her joy-filled laughter crackles through the stale air of the credit union. Bringing the place to life. Shining as she does. My bank teller today is one bright spirit and she makes the whole place shine with the light of her laughter. I tell her she has the best laugh. She tells me, what unfortunately I've heard too many times before, "Oh but it's gotten me into trouble". Why is laughter considered so unprofessional? I tell her, "Don't ever let anyone stifle your laughter - it's beautiful". More bank tellers need to laugh. It would make the world that much brighter. I leave with a huge smile and a brighter spirit. Photo: Stock.xchnge
I noticed not long ago that I was having trouble remembering
things – details.Signs of
aging?I refused to accept
I thought for a moment, “What can I do to wake up my
brain?”The answer came
immediately as I lecture about it all the time – laughter.Laughter wakes up the brain – by
bringing more oxygen to it.
Studies show that Alzheimer’s patients have low levels of
oxygen in their brains.This is
completely congruent with our findings about laughter.We bring more oxygen to our brains when
we laugh, making our brains more alert, more clear and higher functioning.
had been experimenting with simply smiling in the morning in place of my
morning laughter ritual (2 minutes of hearty laughter every morning in the
mirror).Smiling is so peaceful I
wanted to experience that for awhile as the beginning to my day.But after I reinstated my morning
laughter ritual, the result was that my memory improved again.
I am a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and affiliate of Laughter Yoga International as well as a Certified Laughter Leader and affiliate of World Laughter Tour. I have been bringing laughter into the world since the day I was born and have been leading programs in Laughter Yoga in the Pacific Northwest since October 2001. I created this blog to share my thoughts and experiences on the healing power of laughter. Visit my website at www.onethousandlaughs.com