As I was thinking about pursuing a Laughter Yoga certificate, I navigated to the Yogaville site online. There I found a post about Laughter Yoga, including a short video clip of Sri Swami Satchidananda, as he spoke (briefly) about laughter. You gotta love a guy who says that “the best remedy for any illness is laughter.” —Sri Swami Satchidananda – (See more at: http://www.yogaville.org/2013/04/laugha-yoga/#sthash.jnXarQTW.dpuf). At the end of the post, there are some instructions for participating in a Laughing Meditation!
I know most would not think laughing would give rise to a meditative practice, but let’s think about that for a moment. When one laughs, one is ENTIRELY in the present. It is an aerobic activity. If you think otherwise, think about that time you laughed so hard that your sides ached, you ran out of breath, and you started gasping for air. Remember how hard your heart was working? How deeply you were breathing? How GOOD it felt? Could you dwell on all those things that bothered you, or worried you, or made you anxious or upset? No, I didn’t think so. Did your mind jump around? Was it entirely focused on the present moment? That, my friend, is meditation. Point made. Laughter is aerobic. Laughter is also meditative.
Well, I am not going to belabor my point. Laughter yoga is a meditative, therapeutic practice. My resolve is to investigate this further. I will, of course, keep on blogging about this, so stay tuned. In the meantime, as the song says, don’t worry, be happy. Cheers, y’all!