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"The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed." - Bennett Cerf (1898-1971), founder of Random House
Finding the Spirit of Laughter with Laughter Meditation
By Lynn Shaw, Laughter Therapist
Have you ever notice when you laugh hard, you stop thinking? It puts you right in the present moment. Laughter meditation is a way to relax and quiet your mind. In essence, you use laughter to release running thoughts and worries. It can be done in a group or alone.
A good friend was going through a stressful time with finances. Her thoughts would race with indecision and fear of losing all she had. She was physically depleted and mentally frustrated. Her spirit sagged under the burden of responsibility. After one of our gab times, I left wondering how I could help her in addition to listening. I came across this quote from Osho, a long-practicing teacher of meditation and sent it to my friend:
My friend responded that she would meditate on these words. The next week she said that she was going to practice letting go and not think all of the time about her situation. In a couple of more weeks, my friend's spirit was lighter, and she had begun making a plan for her financial picture. She didn't totally release the worry but she did begin to live and laugh again.
If you are struggling with a challenge these days, try taking a few minutes to calm and clear your mind each day; then follow this with the sound of your own laughter. Laugh with abandonment. Laugh yourself into the moment; this perfect, wonderful moment.
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Enjoy this short video by Beth Agnew who illustrates laughter meditation. Visit Beth's laughter blog.
Lynn Shaw resides in Indiana and is the creator and instructor of the Self-Healing Expressions course Laughter for the Healing Heart.