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.

Knox City Council – Launch of Guide to Disability & Aged Services in Knox

Knox City Council – Launch of Guide to Disability & Aged Services in Knox

I was delighted to be invited to the launch of this wonderful guide, of which I have several copies if you would like one. They are also available at the Council, online as a Word or PDF document. Here is the link to that page for downloading. While the laughter club is not in it, it will be added in future and was overlooked, because it was comprised of the Seniors Festival Booklet, which we were in. It is a very high quality book of 151 A4 pages and will no doubt be a ‘lifesaver’ for many who need to look something up. I acknowledge and thank Peter Johnston who was responsible for this Guide and is vary helpful to me in promoting Laughter Yoga and the Ferntree Gully Laughter Club.

Much of the focus of my laughter work is with the disabled, aged and their carers, besides schools and not-for-profit organisations. I do enjoy being involved in the community and laughter helps make this happen!
Following is a list of its contents:
Where Do I Start?
Community Centres and Neighbourhood Houses
Adult Education and Employment Services
Advocacy and Legal Services
Aids and Equipment
Children’s Services
Independent Living and Accommodation Services
Information and Advice
Mental Health
Recreation and Leisure
Residential Aged Care
Respite and Carer Support Services
Senior Citizens Centres
Social and Support Groups
Transport Services

 

Stress, Suggestions and Using Laughter Yoga

Stress, Suggestions and Using Laughter Yoga

What does the word stress bring up for you? Very likely it will be negative because the media influences us that stress is ‘bad’ and we are directed to find relief from it with buying, eating, drinking, holidaying etc. Many people are so accustomed to living in a stressful manner and may not realise that there are ways to combat it. It can be that when we our time is restricted, it is beneficial to feel under pressure and we can achieve that without sending our bodies into a stressed mode. In fact it can be uplifting and energising, rather like self-testing or facing a challenge. Laughter and other things like mindfulness and meditation can help a lot, here’s my take on incorporating Laughter Yoga into your daily routine – Read More

John Mitchell & Vicki at Ferntree Gully Laughter Club

I have this much limitation laugh (which is very little) and this much potential (which is huge), at Ferntree Gully Laughter Club.

John Mitchell and Vicki sharing a favorite laugh, a tiny space between thumb
and finger indicating that little limitation
and next the arms go wide showing how much potential.

Seniors Festival, Time and Self Renewal

The Seniors Festival is coming up in October and is celebrated nationally. This blog was prompted and written firstly as an article for a local newspaper, when I was pondering a topic related to our laughter club. It struck me that due to October being the month for seniors Australia wide, it would centre around seniors, leading on to self-evaluation if we choose to do it. The Ferntree Gully Laughter Club is involved with the Seniors Festival in Knox, we are on page 19 of the booklet. Please click here to read, thanks a lot and take good care of yourselves.
Love,
Lynette xo

Death Sits On Our Shoulders

I have spent some time feeling into this one and have written a posting relating to the recent passing of my ex-husband Bill, who I was married to for 17 years. Death brings great opportunities for growth and clearing unresolved feelings hidden away and to ponder one’s life. Here the link to my Blogger. Please do contact me if you have a feeling to, as we are all really connected energetically and there is a saying about how we are all connected one breath away. It is such a small world and I believe that you will all agree to that!

Lots of love and laughter hugs.

Lynette xo

Laughter is the Best Medicine – Getting Back to Basics

I  Googled these words ‘laughter is the best medicine’ and was pleasantly surprised that two full pages of images came up, with all sorts of interesting quotes. At times I forget that some of the general public are relatively unfamiliar with the concept of community laughter clubs and how we get together and have fun, laughing, singing, dancing about. We feel very connected with ourselves and each other also physically, emotionally and mentally uplifted following a laughter session. It is lots of fun and I am thankful to be involved with the laughter movement which started ‘by accident’ by an Indian Physician, Dr Madan Kataria twenty years ago in March 1995. Read all about it and the basics of why we get together and ‘laugh for no reason’ on my Blogger.

What are the Benefits of Uniqueness as a Team Member?

I was reminded the last few months while being on a committee how important it is to embody my uniqueness and respect and honour those with whom I was needing to work with for the roles they played and how important it is to truly understand that everybody on this earth is unique, has a part to play and we need to recognise that and when the going gets tough, take responsibility, bring things back to ourself and stop blaming other people.

Here is the link to it and please do get back to me if you feel to for whatever reason, as Christmas is upon us and many of us are experiencing lonliness rather than togetherness, dispair or being totally caught up in the habits that we take on which are society driven. Here you go. Happy Christmas. xo Lynette