Have You Had Your Dose of Laughter Today?
Written by: Melanie Groves; Metamorphosis Healing
Passion. The word invokes all sorts of imagery. It oozes with energy, creativity and power. Enter in life, lockdowns, Covid, school and work from home, caring for aging parents or even keeping your plants alive, it’s a lot and it’s possible the passion flame has fizzled or worse gone dormant.
I am not immune, I too have moments where I feel less than passionate. I am always amused when my clients say things like it must be great to always be happy or heart centered. As though as an energy practitioner I am somehow immune. I am though human and I too experience the ups and downs. Thankfully though I have a secret weapon. What you ask? Laughter.
Lucky for me I am surrounded by kids and puppies. There is so much to laugh at if you stop long enough to pay attention. I sat over the weekend as the kids engaged with the dog. There were no words just watching. Through a series of just nonsense, it started with a giggle, then outright laughing, the kind where tears stream down your face and your stomach cramps and you gasp to catch your breath. The best thing is right after the laugh tuning into your body. I felt the tension dissolve from my muscles in my neck and shoulders, I felt good, and despite having exerted all that energy, I felt energized and clear headed, with a goofy smile pasted on my face as I wiped away the tears.
It’s not just me, actual scientific research has found that laughter is medicinal. It’s been shown to: help with anxiety and depression, lower stress hormones, support cardiovascular health, help with breathing, reduce pain and even burns calories! If that’s not motivation I don’t know what is.
So back to the I laugh until I cried moment. In the post laugh glow I felt energized. The laughing reignited my passion that had been dampened by a tough week and then was born the Staycation part 3 saga. (Look for #staycation on my FB feed). Sharing staycation mishaps started as a way to help me and our family through another not so adventurous week off and the beauty of the shenanigans is that it spreads giggles like wild fire. I laugh while we are setting up the scenes, I laugh as I type the message and post the pictures and then laugh when others engage with ridiculous comments. I am alive and feel connected through the shared laughter. Don’t believe me? Tune into your body, feel your muscles, feel where any pain or tension is. Then find something funny. My go to is videos of babies laughing. Laugh and then tune back into your body. What’s happened to the tension and pain? You are welcome!
Here’s a little help in reconnecting with your lighter side. This week’s meditation takes you back in time to your funny moments.
Relive them and feel the tension melt away.
With light and love and laughter to you this week.