Laughter as therapy? I never imagined such a thing was possible. As a child I longed to laugh, giggle and be funny but this was frowned upon in our household. In fact, fear and anger were prevalent and joy made scant appearances. Yet the giggles remained, albeit stuffed down deep in case inappropriate gales of laughter erupted at an inopportune moment.
As an adult embarking upon the therapy I needed to heal my childhood wounds, I experienced a lot of grief, tears and sadness. Allowing those feelings was deeply healing, but unknown to me at the time, the laughter was waiting to bubble up to the surface and make it’s own powerful contribution to my well-being.
Fast forward to the Osho meditation resort in India. I had travelled there to delve deeper into the expressive meditation techniques that I had heard about. Amongst the range of expressive techniques, including laughter, tears, dancing, humming and gibberish, I found a way to express my deepest feelings in the context of a meditation technique. This was a different kind of therapy, a meditation therapy, that worked quickly and powerfully to heal and transform my fear and pain into joy and inner peace.
The laughter was my favorite. Just laughing for the sake of laughing was an inexplicable joy, awakening my creativity, innate happiness and sense of humor. Everything changed, as if life had gone from black and white to technicolor. I could hardly believe that so much joy was possible. I discovered there is always more laughter, more joy, more happiness because it comes from inside us, from our very source of being.It has nothing to do with anyone or anything on the outside.
The feelings of pain, suffering and loneliness were quickly healed as the laughter washed through my body, opening my heart, releasing all the tensions, calming the anxiety and fear in my mind and allowing me, for the first time, to experience a deep, inner peace.
Laughter has many dimensions of healing for us and I didn’t realize, until I experienced it, just how powerful and transformative it is.
Over the years I trained extensively as a meditation master and spiritual teacher and now love to share the laughter meditation and my experiences with as many people as possible. Join us for the upcoming
Laughter Meditation 101:Discover-your-Joy Teleclass Program starting on May 25th.
A transformative group teleclass program where you experience the power of laughter, release your fear and pain, let go of stress, and discover joy and inner peace — all in a supportive community.
I look forward to hearing from you! .