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Laughter for the Healing Heart
A laughter therapy course by Lynn Shaw, author and laugh therapist. If you are
experiencing a health or emotional low, laughter exercises can be an adjunct to a
healthy outlook. Discover how laughter can help reduce symptoms of allergies,
abdominal pain and digestive problems -- to name a few. And help you manage anger
and fear. For those dealing with physical or emotional distress, finding laughter in daily
life can profoundly enhance healing and the quality of life!
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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.
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.
"Laughter is one of the easiest ways to free yourself from the constant thought process of the mind and find inner peace. It will make you more alive, more healthy, more creative, and more silent. Simply relax into the enjoyment of it. You will discover in yourself a tremendous natural talent for rejoicing in life. You may even laugh your way to enlightenment. Yes, it's that good. Remember to laugh - a lot - every day." ~ Pragito Dove
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:
"...we go on thinking that someday in the future we are going to be happy, joyful, celebrating. People come to me and if I say to them, 'Celebrate your life,' they say, 'Yes, that's why we have come here, to learn how to create situations in which we can celebrate.' The situation is already there: trees go on celebrating, birds go on singing. What do they have? -- No bank balance, no prestige, no power. They are not presidents or prime ministers. But have you ever seen trees or birds brooding, worried, thinking of the future? No, they simply live. What has happened to man?" ~ Osho
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.
Copyright © 2006 Lynn Shaw. All rights reserved. If you are interested in
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Lynn Shaw resides in Indiana and is the creator and instructor of the Self-Healing Expressions course
Laughter for the Healing Heart
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