Blog Posts from Lynette Mitchell

Blog Posts from Lynette Mitchell - Laughter Yoga Coach & Life Coach and founder / leader of the free community Ferntree Gully Laughter Club.

Anniversaries and Greeting Anew

I wrote about anniversaries a while back and felt it’s a great topic to revisit, after focusing on them for the 50th Edition of the Studfield Wantirna Community News. What a fantastic achievement for this lovely community paper, which brings an abundance of news and issues to local people. That also speaks volumes of the ongoing dedication and energy by the staff of volunteers who have contributed to this ongoing success.

I think you will agree the importance of celebrating milestones and taking the opportunity to look back and review the circumstances and history of the celebration. At the laughter club, we drop into spontaneity when there is such an event such as a birthday, anniversary or any other occasion to be marked. It livens the imagination. Just imagine the milestone of a child taking its first steps and the thrill and pride of the parents and family witnessing it. When little ones are young, they are celebrated and given praise and encouragement at every opportunity. As time wears on, there seems to be less acknowledging of special achievements, which can be a little sad and disappointing.

Greeting Anew – It is important to live each day and every mindful moment to be greeting anew. When you manage to greet anew every moment with each other and yourself, you set up the possibility of living your life in constant awe and amazement. I feel it is the way of human beings to automatically scrutinise and put things into boxes in our mind. It is more than that. It is so split second and automatic, that to avoid living life in a humdrum way, you have to make an ongoing mammoth effort to break every mould and do it differently. And how wonderful and more freeing would it be to live in this way? Can you feel it?

Life changes to be wondrous and you can get back the spring in your step and feeling optimistic and hopeful. Summing up on this point, we can so easily get stuck in a rut, living in the illusion that we have created. We can have fixed opinions and expectations of others and even all of life, according to how things were done before. It is easy to do something once or twice and then it becomes a habit, the norm. My heartfelt suggestion is to live each day fully and fresh, with zest and wonder, greeting each day and every moment anew. You will feel more inspiration from spirit or whatever that words means to you. I reckon that otherwise if we live like an automaton, we miss various hints and impressions sent our way that would make our lives better and more to our real liking.

Attending our laughter club or another laughter club will certainly assist you to live with more awareness, mindfulness, spontaneity and help keep you enjoying life. Enjoying and joy. That’s like being personally in the moment and feeling joy, the joyfulness of a child who is still young and free in their expression. Most will agree, we need more laughter, hope and joy in our lives.

I hope to see some of you come along in October on the 8th or 22, particularly as it is Seniors Festival month. We are thankful to both the Knox City Council who support and help promote our free community Ferntree Gully Laughter Club and to the Studfield Wantirna Community News (SWN) who help raise awareness of what we do. Like a seed that takes its time to germinate, people read and hear about us and sometimes appear unexpectedly.

We will make a point on the 8th October to incorporate some laughs about milestones and anniversaries, attributing some to the 50th edition of the SWN. You will have first-hand experience of how we experience joy through laughing, which develops into rich spontaneous and often memorable laughter moments, rather like improv theatre, if you are familiar with that, then you will enjoy it.

Do come along and phone first to make your acquaintance, you will be glad that you did! Cheerio for now.

Love and Laughter, Lynette xo

Lynette Mitchell is a counsellor, life coach, leads the free community Ferntree Gully Laughter Club and is available for laughter yoga and meditation classes.

Contact details: Lynette Mitchell

Phone: 0425 799 258

Disclaimer: Information shared here is from my personal understanding and experience. Advice given is general and as I am not a medical doctor, take no responsibility for how it is received, my intention is that articles will be supportive and assist in living a fuller, holistic life.

Laughter Yoga For Body in Your Daily Life – 10 Ways to Incorporate it For You.

Laughter Yoga – Communication and Physiological Benefits

Are you becoming used to the idea of and hearing about the benefits of Laughter Yoga? Increasingly it is being recognised in many areas of life, businesses, groups, social and most situations would benefit from partaking of a Laughter Yoga session. The primary purpose of today is to offer you a new downloadable document 10 Ways to Incorporate Laughter Into Your Daily Life. It could be good for you to read and share with others who could do with more laughter in their lives. It is to encourage the practice of laughing more often, either alone, or when you in company of other people.

Laughter is Contagious and Helps Communication

Laughing together assists in connecting people, particularly as we establish eye contact with each other and we all know that the eyes are the ‘windows of the heart’. A bond is created between people, bridging natural gaps that happen, as we all see life differently. Laughter helps to build trust and in the childlike fun that we do as we laugh, barriers are broken down. It is great in business and in fact any gathering of a group of people, as it does not discriminate and brings people together with ease.

Great for the Body and Mind

Physiological benefits of laughter that help make it the ‘best medicine’ include the following. Reduction of stress as it produces feel good endorphins into the blood stream, which also improves blood circulation.  It relaxes your muscles and is an aerobic exercise which in fact if you were to laugh 100 times, that would equal 10 minutes on a rowing machine or 15 minutes on an exercise bike.

As well it improves one’s respiratory system and is an excellent form of exercise for Asthmatics, when practiced gently. Laughter also assists in lowering blood pressure and has been called internal jogging, as it helps the jiggle and rub the internal organs.

Laughter is great for a sedentary lifestyle, especially seniors and carers who may have less opportunity to exercise. This helps prevent obesity and lower sugar levels. And it is great for the immune system, in helping one stay in optimal health.

Of course remember other factors relate to feelings of wellness, which most of us would be aware of, to eat properly, rest, be grateful, innumerable things which I will talk about sometime soon.

Would you like to join someone else in a laughter exercise? Download a sample list of some laughs then – Laughter Session Laughs.

All the best and remember to laugh and have fun!

I would love to hear from you and how our life is going along. Perhaps we even could share some laughter together?

Love and Blessings,
Lynette xo

 

Meditation Made Easy – the Benefits and How to…

Meditation is made easy if you have the desire and need to do it

Learning to meditate is made easy with the right tools and instructions and you would probably agree that if something works for you and you feel the results, you will keep it up. Yet learning anything can be trial, error and a lot of faith that it will provide the benefits you seek, which requires considerable persistence.

My Meditation Journey

This all began in 1963 when as a student of the Gita School of Yoga and for many years I followed the Eastern meditation ways of how to meditate. This involved focusing on the breath, a mantra and candle meditation, spoken of as witness consciousness, which brought varying results.
I last wrote a meditation article when facilitating a Laughter Yoga session for staff at Wantirna Secondary College in 2009, entitled ‘The Basics of Meditation’. Since then I have had far greater personal growth success since joining a modern day mystery school. Recently it felt like the time had come to renew my How to Meditate document, partly because I frequently share about meditation and self-care with people.
Personally I have found greater success using this method, which firstly attends to one’s energy field. It is about clearing negative energy and invoking positive energy, together with cord cutting and clearing.
Here, hot off the press is my new version of how to meditate which I felt to call Meditation Made Easy. It is fairly concise, explaining about What Happens in Meditation, the Benefits of Meditation, How to Meditate and finishing with Meditation Tips to Make it Easy.
I wish you luck and welcome comments and questions about the practice of meditation.

Love and Laughter,
Lynette xo

Disclaimer: This post is written from my personal understanding and experience and is not to be misconstrued. Advice given is general and as I am not a medical doctor, take no responsibility for how it is interpreted. Posts are intended to be supportive and assist you to live a holistic, joyful life.

12 Month Letter to Future Self

There is considerable power in manifesting your future, goals, aspirations, when we use tools that can assist us when we need to find more clarity in our lives. Writing a letter to yourself which will be opened twelve month’s from the date of writing is understood in some cases to wield an almighty power in your life. If you can write it from a non-linear perspective, with the mental body, your mind, disengaged, the letter has the potential to become quite magical. Here is my take on it and I wish you well in this lovely task. Please contact me with any questions, suggesions and to share your experience, as I am interested to hear how you go and would love to hear about it.

Best of luck,
Wishing you Lots of love and laughter,
Lynette Mitchell xo

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Disclaimer: This post is written from my personal understanding and experience and is not to be misconstrued. Advice given is general and as I am not a medical doctor, take no responsibility for how it is interpreted. Posts are intended to be supportive and assist you to live a holistic, joyful life.