STONE ELEVEN CONTINUED
Laugh: I choose laughter as the notes of my song. This temporal life is a journey to be enjoyed. I look for the comedy in situations, and I learn to laugh at my own comedy of errors.
Instruction: Choose laughter as the notes of your song.
Great songs are not always bright and cheery. Some have moments of silence that forebode bad things to come, others have calming passages that are meant to prepare us for a transition, but many of our favorite songs have a light, airy, bright, and cheery tune that sticks in our mind and replays itself over and over. When we reflect back over our lives, we don’t want to remember the passages of music that foretold of bad things to come. Instead, we want to remember the happy, joy-filled moments. The more we incorporate laughter into the notes of our music, the more our memories will be happy, sweet, and fulfilling. We like to laugh. I’ve known people who were embarrassed by their laughter, because it was too boisterous, too girlish, or too whatever — and people made fun of them. How sad. There is no right or wrong way to laugh, and when we withhold our laughter, we are trying to suppress the happiness emotion. Everyone would benefit if they had at least one good belly laugh a day. We don’t always achieve that, and for some, it could be that they haven’t had a good, rocking-and-rolling belly laugh in years. It’s time to reach down deep and find those suppressed feelings and release them.
Laughter is one of the best forms of healing we know of. Some doctors have recognized its potential and how laughter seems to be able to flush out our system, almost acting like a detoxing agent to rid our bodies of bad emotional juju. A baby bird waiting to be hatched is surrounded by the dark. Once it cracks its shell, the light streams in, and in a short time, it is free to grow and fly. Sometimes the circumstances of life seem to imprison us in a shell of darkness, and we are left without hope or light. It seems we will never escape and be free to enjoy life, to grow, or to fly. Then, somehow, we find the courage to laugh at something ever so slight, and that laughter is the vibrational notes of a divine song that cracks the shell of our imprisonment and allows light and hope to return to our lives. The more we listen to the music of laughter, the more we heal, grow, and rise to fly in freedom once more.
Today’s Assignment is to consider the idea that laughter can be cultivated into your life. Being around young children and seeing what makes them laugh is one way to plant the seeds of laughter. Listening to comedians or watching comedy shows can be another way to grow laughter. Jokes are another source that can benefit us. Personally, I love jokes and I used to have dozens memorized that I could pull from my laughter vault any time I needed to lighten the mood.
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