Recently I've been certified as a Laugha Yoga Leader, and let me tell you about what a fun weekend that was! Aside from playing a lot of games, and using laughter as our main form of communication, there were several deep insights that revealed themselves to me during this time.
You know, most people wake up and don't know when or where their next laugh is going to come from. Worse still, some people can't remember the last time they laughed. They wake up, run out the door balancing a cup of coffee, cellphone on speaker, trying to slip on their shoes and get the car started, and while the very sight of this is hilarious, laughter is far from their mind as they rush to the next thing.
Fortunately, I've discovered that laughing is easy. And we don't have to wait around for it! I get up and walk over to the mirror for a good laugh every day! HAH Even better, we can laugh for no reason what so ever! That was the first big realization I had. Sometimes we spend a long time waiting for permission to laugh, waiting for a joke, a funny movie, a night out with our best friends, or some bodily function to carry us past our serious edge and into a place that seems appropriate to laugh. You can laugh right now, try it! HAH So why wait? This same principle applies to a whole array of situations, waiting for the perfect mate, waiting for the perfect job that we love, waiting for the right time to get away on that dream vacation, waiting to finish that project that's been drawn out for way too long, and the list goes on and on...but really. What's keeping us? We get this life, that we are aware of, why wait around and leave it All to chance? I want to be happy, I don't want to have to wait for some outside circumstance or rare super moon to guide me in the direction. All I have to do is be happy! Being proactive this way can really do a 180 to our current emotional state and perspective on things.
In fact, walking my dog this afternoon I realized, "I haven't really laughed yet today." Before I let this alarm me I quickly opened up a little can of chuckle, "He-He" Whew, what a relief.
And this leads into one of my new favorite realizations, "Fake it til you make it." Some of you may be all too familiar to the concept already, but that's for another time.. The brain doesn't know the difference between a real smile and a fake one, a real laugh or a fake laugh, the same "feel good" chemicals are released and increased. This is really good news, because even if we "aren't in the mood to laugh" we can easily enhance our mood and sense of well being by practicing the "fake it til you make it" principle. The fake laughter often flips into the real thing.
So anyway, there I am, with my little dog in her cute pink sweater, lighting up the fuse to a long bout of laughter. Instantaneously my mood was lifted while simultaneously affecting those around me, I could see people's faces as they slowed past the "crazy laughing man walking his little dog". Most of them cracked a smile, a few veered over the double yellow, but I like to think that I did myself and them a favor. Combine the laughter with some weird eye contact for special results haha
Laughter is great medicine, so try brewing some of your own and see what happens. I encourage you to get into some serious setting, like a grocery store line, the bank, in traffic, or while you're alone on your walk, and just start with a little inner smile, gradually build up your inner laugh til it has to leave your lips. You don't always have to force it either, you can laugh expressively of the way you feel. If you're tired, what does a tired laugh sound like? An Indifferent laugh? Angry laugh? Tense laugh? Scared laugh? Aroused laugh? Hopefully you've been trying these as I list them hahaha
Laugha Yoga gives us insight and permission to be happy everywhere, laugh anytime, and really enjoy life in a whole new way.
All Is Love,
Bryan Josiah Nupp, RYT 200