Oh - how we laughed and its good for us!
‘Laughter – a physical reaction in humans consisting typically of rhythmical, often audible contractions of the diaphragm and other parts of the respiratory system’.
Well the pigeons in my garden certainly got a shock this morning when the sounds of a Laughter Yoga session began, and grew and grew from a chuckle through to a laugh to snorting and finally, full belly laughing! My first outdoor laughter session was cracking, and how freeing to have nothing but the sky above us and only grass beneath our feet.
I’ve had a break from laughter – there’s been a marked absence of it both in my life, and in the Laughter Yoga format. It wasn’t until after the session this morning that I realised just how much I’ve missed it, and all the associated health benefits that come with it, together with the feeling of balance.
It’s fair to say I’ve had a lot of ‘heavy’ life stuff going on, so to switch that off and feel free of their burdens and just expel the heaviness of it all was truly marvellous. For me, the joy of engaging with my inner child is just too important to loose from my life. I’m 52 and menopausal for goodness sake, and I have two teenage boys (whom I adore – and who can be challenging!) and 2 jobs – I NEED to laugh, and regularly. If I don’t – the consequences will be felt by those around me, and there are days when I fear for my mental health.
‘Self-care’ is a phrase used by many now, which is a good thing, because it reminds us that who else will show us the compassion and love we so richly need and deserve if we don’t show it to ourselves first? Nelson Mandela said “Tread softly, breathe peacefully, laugh hysterically!” Let’s face it, after 27 years in prison, it is inspirational that he had a sense of humour at all.
I’ve also taken a break from networking and dipping my toe back in again, I’ve had several people say to me ‘ah yes, you are the lady who does laughter, when is your next session?’ Funny how the universe presents us with what we need when we need it – and a relief that I was able to see and hear it at the right time. Listening out for those signs is crucial to our well being.
So whose up for some cortisol busting, stress busting, child engaging, side splitting, bonkers, health enriching chuckling? Let me know, and keep an eye out for session dates in September.
After all, you deserve a good giggle bringing more energy and less stress in your life - don't you?