Mindful Monday no. 30 – Laughing Meditation

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills.” -Audrey Hepburn

We need a good laugh today. 

Laughter is really the best medicine, despite the cliche. Researchers found that laughing reduces stress by triggering our body’s endorphins. Our endorphins give us a feeling of well-being and pleasure. They can even reduce pain.

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The purpose of laughing meditation is to evoke the feelings of happiness and to enjoy it mindfully. It also acts to release your body’s tension.

How to do a laughing meditation: 

  1. Find a comfortable place to practice your meditation. Do a few stretches to settle in place.
  2. Take a few minutes to breathe before you get started.
  3. Slowly, start to turn the corners of your mouth upward into a smile.
  4. Think of something funny.
  5. Allow yourself to laugh. Start with a giggle and if you can, try to get going into some roaring laughter.
  6. Bring your attention to how you feel when you laugh, while letting go of any negative or self-criticizing thoughts.
  7. When you want to end, bring your body back to stillness for a few minutes before continuing your day.

If you have trouble recalling funny things, develop a practice of cultivating humour in your life so that you have more to laugh about in your meditation. Visit a joke store or ask your friends to tell you their zingers. Watch a hilarious movie or read the funnies in the newspaper. Or even, take a night out with friends to visit a comedy club like Yuk Yuk’s or The Comedy Mix.

You deserve a good laugh.

Lindsay

 

 

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