Guest post by Jan Andrew
I first heard about the healing power of laughter in the 70s when I read about how Norman Cousins cured himself of a fatal disease with the help of the Marx Brothers, but I already believed in it.
In college, my best friends and I formed a “super society” bonded in a belief that laughter and song were the best antidotes to life’s challenges and to find anxiety relief. That bond of laughter got me through a lot of heartache and loss until I became overwhelmed for a time by a combination of personal and political crises. I then threw myself into an angry activism focused on the anti-nuke movement. My friends warned me that I was becoming unbearable. Without laughter to give me anxiety relief, I also grew tired of my angry face. Luckily, the anti-nuke movement quickly succeeded in halting new plants and I slowly lightened up again.
My friends next worked hard to convince me that a final solution was dating one of their colleagues – I resisted for almost a year and then embarked on a path that led to the most laughter-filled and glorious days of my life, a partnership with my late husband Tim Robinson.
Amazingly, it was laughter and tears meditation techniques that helped me get through the pain of Tim’s sudden loss after surgery. I had met meditation master Pragito Dove in San Francisco where we were both members of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She had just written a book on “Lunchtime Enlightenment” about meditation techniques for anxiety relief in the workplace and we started a long friendship. She counseled me on how to use meditation to heal after Tim’s death, when Doctors could only prescribe strong anti-depressants to cure my overwhelming pain and grief. She knew that laughter and tears were closely aligned and explained why allowing the tears, not blocking them, would also allow the laughter to flow. At Tim’s funeral, his family agreed that we needed to share the joy he brought into the world, not focus on our grief. We laughed that day as much as we cried.
The financial crash brought my latest test of strength as my career faced daunting challenges. The anxiety seemed endless. Suddenly Pragito was back to the rescue, this time with a new teleclass series on laughter meditation techniques. Once I took the first course, I became convinced that I wanted to take the entire series to get certified as a laughter meditation coach – that’s how much it affected me.
Now Pragito is offering a FREE CALL, LAUGHTER MEDITATION FOR ANXIETY RELIEF on Tuesday, August 30th (5pm PT/ 8pm ET) to introduce the benefits of laughter to newcomers(and oldcomers-all are welcome) and demonstrate how it can change your life. In this increasingly complex and anxiety-filled world, please bring on the clowns!
Jan Andrew: www.ramediaonline.com