5 Benefits of Laughter Yoga for Seniors

It feels timely to focus on being a Senior and share below the five main benefits of Laughter Yoga for Seniors in our society, as outlined by Indian Physician Dr Madan Kataria. He was the Founder of the free community laughter club movement in 1985 and since then, research on laughter is having an increasing impact all around the world.

At our laughter clubs, the majority of people who come are women and in their senior years. We have a few gentlemen also, however coming along to laugh may be a little daunting for some people and especially to the men. Mind you we highly recommend ‘getting out of your comfort zone’.

May I also suggest you consider becoming involved as a volunteer, involved in a laughter club in Victoria? It is easy, a commitment well worthwhile and rewarding. From what I observe people who commit to regular laughter find, without realising it, their lives becoming transformed. Club members have shared how it helps them move on and be involved in life, one after being in a depression for some years and the other simply feeling rather flat and without purpose.

As I often share, it is wonderful for developing brain neurons (Neuroplasticity) as is singing and dancing. You can see people’s eyes light up and feel their energy become lighter, more fun filled, joyous, spontaneous, when in the process of a laughter session.

Obviously, it is best for it to be regular, for a facilitator to attend an aged care place or for people to come along to a laughter club regularly. Language is not a barrier either, or inability to speak, the language of laughter and love surpasses all. Hearts connect and we are very honoured to be able to share the laughter and upliftment with those willing to do it with us. We finish each session with a short meditation, some people haven’t even experienced that before and relish it. Sometimes we include some music for a short sing along and occasionally a few residents get up for a little dance movement. It is such a joy to see the change in their demeanour when they do so, a real joy.

Following then are the 5 main benefits of Laughter Yoga, as outlined in the professional training manual of Laughter Yoga International. They do not say all the physical, emotional, social benefits, rather concentrating on the general ones that are so easily recognisable for why seniors would benefit from more laughter in their life.

1. Adds More Laughter to Life: With advancing age we laugh less or stop laughing. We get out of the habit of laughing and often with dementia and Alzheimer’s that is more so the case. Laughter Yoga is a physically oriented technique, is an ideal exercise that provides many health benefits without using mental and cognitive abilities.

2. Promotes Physical Health: With the wear and tear of old age many seniors develop ailments like high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis etc. Laughter Yoga facilitates healing by strengthening the immune system, improves blood circulation and increases oxygen to the body’s cells. It is also a cardiovascular workout.

3. Improves Mental Health: Isolation, loneliness and depression are common among older adults as they lose loved ones and their health begins to decline. Mental health is improved by boosting neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin.

4. Building Social Bonds: Laughter Yoga helps bring people together and improve their social bonding. Retirees and able-bodied older adults who attend our laughter clubs develop friendships and rapport. This helps them to move on, be resilient and decrease loneliness at the same time increasing their quality of life.

5. Longevity: Laughter Yoga helps us when we feel we have lost our way giving us greater reason and purpose to continue living a full and rewarding life. It is a simple and easy routine, which is practiced by people all throughout the world in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. As the population is increasingly older every day, Laughter Yoga is a tool for transformational aging and increased longevity.

From my personal experience Laughter Yoga does all of the above and gives me a lift in my life and relationships. Life becomes more fun filled and you can also be a part of that. It is free and we love to laugh together. You are not committed to attend every time, only as much as you can fit in with your (probably) very busy life!

Thank you for your interest in reading about this very important topic. I hope to see you soon on either a Saturday or Sunday.

Cheers, Lynette.

Acknowledgement Dr Kataria, Founder of Laughter Yoga International

 

Grounding Courage, Trust and Laughter

Grounding Courage, Trust and Laughter

Is Your Life Difficult or Easy?

Are you Happy having an easy time in your life? I was speaking with a lady on the train who was down from Darwin for a few days. Heather has two male children, one with ADHD and the other with Asperger’s. My immediate reaction was to feel she had a difficult life. She responded that her life was no more difficult than anyone else’s. immediately I felt that she was very courageous. I concurred when she said she believed we are given only that which we are able to cope with and learn from. This is my firm belief, we will be handed challenges, call it what you will, in order to evolve, expand and grow as human beings into becoming more spirit-based, whilst in a human body.

Laughter is important and the little dog Trixie is our mascot, trotting around us as we do our laughter exercises.

Laughter is important and the little dog Trixie is our mascot, trotting around us as we do our laughter exercises.

I have chosen to bring up the subject of Courage as being a very important quality to hold and express yourself through. Do you see yourself as being courageous? People generally live life unconsciously, being led and drawn throughout their lives. Granted there are decisions, activities and goals that we busy ourselves in. We can either express from a selfish centre, where it is all about me, which is prevalent when we are young. The whole world revolves around us and our desires. As time passes, this alters and many of us ponder, feeling to give back and share from our life’s experience and gained wisdom. Life expresses more about how may I serve? This revised attitude may also be unconscious, rather that we have a growing feeling of liking to help or be useful in some ways.

Life Throws us Challenges

Courage comes in when challenges present themselves to us and we can take the stance to be strong, to not give in, to never give up, to keep going on, no matter what. We can feel utterly and completely lost, or perhaps see the end in mind, whether we feel we have it all worked out, in line with our purpose and plan or otherwise.

It takes guts to turn up no matter what. Nothing stopping us, becoming unstoppable. There is a fine balance with not burning ourselves out either, as we must give from an overflowing abundance of energy or else our own health may be depleted. We can feel resentful also if we are coming from the ‘wrong’ motives.

Wrong is in inverted commas, because in theory there is no right or wrong. We have choices and consequences. Our motive may be to fulfil a need we carry due to low self-esteem and is not as clear or pure as when it is from a genuine desire to be embracing life in a way that we feel we are giving back to life.

Taken in context, therefore, we have the opportunity to call on Courage in our lives when we feel the need. Courage is an interesting word, or quality. Many of us have it in some things that we have to do and not others. We may work well, be smart, on the ball and feel strong, together and yet on a personal level, we can shrink.

It is all okay, either way. Just get real with yourself and know when you need to call for outside support to get you going, through to the other side.

Call on Courage to see you through, offer support and you may in addition call on Trust, as together with Courage, they go hand in hand. If we don’t feel Trust, it will be harder to accept Courage when we ask for it.

Laughter Yoga Strengthens our Capacity for Courage

This is where using Laughter Yoga can come in, to support us in our lack of commitment and when our fears hold us back. Do we want to be chicken or have the Courage of a Tiger. Or would you pick another cat? Maybe a mouse, who in one story stands up to an elephant.

I sincerely say that the longer I run laughter clubs, the more certain I am that to include (not to say it is all that you need) laughter in your life, you will be changed in ways that will please you! That is for the best, we do not want to be settled, we like to feel safe and secure, but what growth is in that? Nil.

John, my husband who joins me frequently speaks of how laughter has been instrumental in getting him out of comfort zone. John recently shared that he will speak with anybody, new people who he would not have otherwise approached before him joining the laughter club.  He feels it may be more difficult too for the men out there.

A regular male attendee who has been coming for several years astounded us when he said that he was very shy and had to make himself come back again. That is not always the case, as many people come to laughter club once and feel it is not for them. I feel they may not attend long enough to find out if that is so. Quite a few share they felt uncomfortable and returned regardless. The longer you come, the better you will feel. Even though it gets you out of your comfort zone, you will once again experience child-like playful fun, but this time as an adult with other adults. It does become natural and spontaneous once more, with the practice of regular attendance at a laughter club.

Laughter helps you get over yourself, your appearance, lack of confidence and resistance to being outside in a social group. Many of us withdraw or, through no fault of our own, are quite isolated, especially as we age.

We improve being inhibited when we connect with adult members in the laughter club. Part of what we do is embrace child-like playful fun with each other. Such as you may recall as you would have as a child, playing outside with the neighbourhood kids on a hot summer night, or however you remember those precious childhood memories.

What we do at Laughter Club.

We do laughter yoga exercises, deep breathing, singing using ho ho or something similar instead of words, dancing around and in general behave as if we are doing improvisation theatre.

It is never too late to start something new like attending one of our laughter clubs, or that thing that you have held off doing. What is on your bucket list? Does it require Courage and Trust to do it or is it related to time or money?

Develop new Brain Pathways

Neuroplasticity is about the science of neurons, the brain to develop new cells and pathways. Brain Gym is becoming widely practiced and educates people to expand themselves with exercises. People can further develop their brains and have greater cognitive behaviour with various activities. The top activity for Neuroplasticity is laughter, next singing and dancing. We do all of these when we meet at community laughter clubs.

My involvement with laughter has certainly done that, released me from my comfort zone, expanded my horizons, opened up new pathways, not only in my brain but in many other areas of my life.

No doubt we could be led to be involved in many activities that would help us to achieve a feeling of expansion in our lives. That is if we allow ourselves to be inspired by a greater part of us which is beyond physical limitations, we will find our way.

Finishing Off

My wish for you is to dig deep, make an effort if you aren’t already, to discover new things to do in your life. We want to have a greater expression of ourselves on all levels, well many of us are into growing and if what I share does not resonate with you, that is fine as life happens and evolution can take as long as it takes.

We may feel out of our depth, like being pulled along and without being in control, rather than our life being of our choosing and being able to follow our passion.

If you have lost yours, direction and passion, then please, please come to one of the local laughter clubs, or another one if you live elsewhere. It may be just what the doctor ordered!

Laughing together with supportive, like-minded people is extraordinary. We come together sometimes quietly, throw ourselves into the session and leave feeling magnificent. We feel uplifted, energised, appreciative and with the intention of bringing more laughter into our lives, in whatever way is possible.

Cheerio for now. Lynette.

Disclaimer: Information shared is intended to support you and is from my personal understanding, experience and is generalised. I am not responsible for how you take it on board.

Ferntree Gully Laughter Club Celebrates

Lynette was walking towards the camera for this weird shot.

Could Laughter Yoga be Part of Your Self Support in 2019?

Could Laughter Yoga be Part of Your Self Support in 2019?

Hello and how have you been since the start of the year? Are you embarking on new things? Will you be joining us at either the Knoxfield or Ferntree Gully Laughter Clubs? They are on at 10.30am on Saturdays and Sundays. Links to information on the website pages are: KnoxfieldFerntree Gully.

Are you okay? If you have been meaning to join one of our two local laughter clubs, either Ferntree Gully or Knoxfield, I encourage you to be like the Nike motto. ‘JUST DO IT!’. Furthermore, it’s FREE. The company is GREAT. And you will be welcomed into the laughter ‘family’.

New Year’s Resolutions.

Are they chosen in a spontaneous moment, or, in part influenced by others as something you ‘should’ do. Most of us have been conditioned that we ‘should’ make New Year’s Resolutions. This implies that we are not okay, inadequate and need to pick up our game. Depending on our underlying motive, they could alternatively be used for positive growth.

We often experience guilt when we don’t succeed and there is a natural tendency for humans to be resistant to change. We like to know what is going to happen and feel insecure not knowing for certain how our future will play out.

Resolutions can be good at any time and especially if our motive is coming from love and congruent with our goals.

There are plenty of opportunities for self-improvement and besides using laughter to support us, we may have been considering slowing down our activities agenda by adding some quiet time. Or not, it may be something completely the opposite! Have you been meaning to learn or get better at the art of meditation? There is so much that we are able to try out and see if it works for us, to give pleasure or lower the everyday stress. I am now booking students for a Monday evening personal growth class, which may be a lightbulb moment on reading this piece of information?

Self-Acceptance and a Nightly review

This feels like a regular topic related to self-esteem and sharing about the nightly review process. If you do wish to work on bringing more love and self-acceptance to your day, it is worth creating this good habit. At the end of each day I ask myself “Did I bring more love to what I was involved in today? Was I kinder and more self-accepting, both to myself and others? Was I without criticism and judgment?”.

You must work on YOU first, because if you are not okay with yourself, you will be unable to help, support and share the love with others you encounter.

Back to basics, remember that when we laugh wholeheartedly and allow ourselves to be doing child-like playful activities, it is one of the very, very best things we can do for our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. The laughter clubs run in all weather, hail, rain or shine. Sometimes we may even begin feeling a tad flat and this quickly changes. We start laughing and deep breathing, making us feel invigorated, uplifted and happy. This method of joining together brings belonging, comradeship, and a new way of living one’s life. We take the spirit of laughter with us. Do come and give it a go. It truly is transformative and life changing.

This photo was taken during a session at the Federation Square Laughter Club. I recently returned to being a Committee member of Laughter Clubs Victoria Inc. (LCVI) that puts these laughter sessions on. They are on the 1st and 3rd Sunday at 11am and are free. Read more here.

May 2019 be beneficially memorable for you. Keep on keeping on! And remember, to never, ever, ever give up!!!

Cheerio for now. Lynette.

Disclaimer: Information shared is intended to support you and is from my personal understanding, experience and is generalised. I am not responsible for how you take it on board.

Greeting Anew

Greeting Anew, how to live a spontaneous life.

It is vitally important to greet each moment as if it was the first moment, bringing a new experience to us. This helps us work towards releasing old patterns of connecting and relating with ourselves and other people, with everything in every moment that we encounter. Otherwise we find ourselves running on subconscious patterns, not unlike animals who are instinctive. And instinctive is not the same as living with our intuition unfolding. That is what we want, to be intuitive, in touch with our feelings. Feelings are the sum total of our experience and separate to emotions. If you want to hear more about feeling as against emotions, I am happy to hear from you and will respond to an email.

Greeting Anew works your non-physical muscles and is beneficial to the way you live your life. If we are fresh in our approach, we can identify and be fresh ourselves. We feel and see through different eyes, giving us truer feelings and spontaneity in absolute awareness, instead of living and being on automatic pilot.

It is a part of self-mastery to constantly greet people and situations anew. Each day I give myself constant reminders to greet anew with everything and everyone with whom I encounter.

Categorising into boxes

It is all too easy to slip into the hum drum method of automatically categorising into boxes. It’s a natural way our body works, trying to assess people and situations to make sense and order in our lives. But it causes separation and ideally, we can unlearn this automatic way of living our lives. It happens ion a milli-second, as we use our senses in our lives through filters which helps prevent an overload of sensory input.

In particular I am talking about people, who we can automatically categorise and put into a box. And then carry with us an expectation of those ones always behaving in the same way, we see them rather through our memory of how they were and what they mean to us. This is very disrespectful and what we are doing is projecting onto them which may keep them stuck. You know the feeling, you feel that you are evolving, changing, improving and other familiar people in your life see you and treat you in the same way, always the same way. They are unable to appreciate how you feel new and consequently, you feel unheard, misunderstood, unseen.

It may constrict them even if it is done unconsciously, which prevents those ones from changing when we contribute to the situation in this way by expecting them to be the same old way.

To be able to bring new life into our interactions and stop expecting things to be on repeat, takes effort. It is human nature to automatically slot things into categories and boxes and attempt to make sense of things, according to our unconscious rendering of the situation and it helps us to understand everything more.

But because we keep growing, our understanding expands and grows with us and it is not stagnant. If we do not continue to grow, learn and expand ourselves, we start going backwards. We are part of evolution, and if we aren’t evolving, we do not stand still, we devolve! I feel qualified in commenting on the saying to ‘use it or lose it’. It takes greater effort as we grow in age to stay active and improve in our self mastery, which is of interest to me and no doubt to some readers also. Worth mentioning here is a premise of self-mastery which is just that. It is about evolution and heading in the direction that allows us to release fear-based patterning and incorporate more love based activities into our lives.

When we were younger, fitter, more agile, there was a lightness in our step that is often absent over time, if we become more settled and sedentary. If that’s what it takes, greater effort, then that is what we must do. From my experience until a year ago, I had become quite sedentary and luckily somehow, energies draw to us what we need. In this case it was joining a twice weekly strength building exercise class. From that I had more energy to walk on a regular basis and my core strength keeps improving.

How we live our life can be conditioned unconsciously by society, community, cultural differences and so on. Seniors in Australia, and that’s a generalisation, from my experience, are very active and involved in a whole plethora of interests and activities. They are out and about, leading very busy lives. Well good on them! Good on you if that applies to you! If it is not you, then great also!

Returning to the earlier comments about your life, purpose and goals. I have available a particularly good document, which is a process of Creative Visualisation. This works well when done every day and helps over time to energetically attract what you want in your life. Either email or phone me for it.

I love it when I can live life with enthusiasm, disallowing tendencies to become cynical and flat. It can be so interesting, many of us feel we understand and are getting a handle on why we are here with clarity and conviction. And then there are times with this outlook that we comprehend that what we once knew and understood continues to grow, expanding more and more. We build on our experiences and what we know, which is ongoing, helping us to evolve further and further.

Cheerio for now, please write or call, I would dearly love to hear from you.

Love and Laughter,
Lynette xo

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.

Being Present and Greeting Anew

Hi there, carrying on from the last sharing about being present and greeting anew, I discovered that being present in your life is significantly more involved than I realised. We will talk about two ways of being present that work for me, (1) how Laughter Yoga helps you to be present and (2) establishing a daily energy hygiene practice. The next time will then be about Greeting Anew.

(1) Using Laughter Yoga as a Practice For Being present

To practice daily laughter on your own, or even better, attending a laughter club when you can is an easy method to embrace. Laughter brings a wonderful release into your life as it has benefits on all levels. That is physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. It helps release pent up feelings, stress and worry. It is a physical aerobic workout and it is assists in releasing inhibitions. This helps your worthiness and self-esteem as you quickly view life in a different manner, which is automatic and spontaneous. Like changing for the better, being led in a new way into situations that are beneficial. That is my husband John’s mantra ‘it gets you out of your comfort zone’. We often find laughter clubbers share how before joining the laughter club, they were feeling flat and some have shared, had to force himself to return again. We have a new lady who came and at her first session she shared her discomfort to begin with, gave it a go and felt uplifted. She was keen to return and is now a regular member.

(2) Basic Energetic Hygiene as a way of Being Present

My second recommended daily practice to help you to be here, now and present in the moment are some simple affirmations contained in the Basic Energetic Hygiene document. This is elementary for some of us and creates a different scenario for dealing with everyday issues and challenges. You will not know unless you give it a go!

This daily practice of looking after your energetic fields helps us to be in awareness of what we are doing with our energy. It gives ways to raise our vibration, for instance if I find myself wafting off, thinking or stressed, it is a very useful tool to have. Energetic Hygiene provides me with tools for when I find my mind wandering, planning ahead, living in the past, or in my imagination.

Many of us tend to live our lives in our mind, we are stress heads, or worry warts. Some of us indulge our imagination or relive the past in our minds over and over. It can be difficult to stop this trait. As we cannot alter the past, when we become absorbed reliving it, our life force diminishes, preventing us from totally living in the present moment. And we require our minds to work with us when required to plan certain things. They do have a purpose and it is not to relive the past, neither to dream about our future, which projects our energy out from the here and now, into the future. Both of these tendencies need to be overcome if you wish to have more energy and less stress in your life.

Would you like to receive the basic document? I will email it to you upon request. For an in-depth experience of this topic, then book yourself into an Introduction to Energetic Hygiene class. Other than that, I trust this has been a good read for you and thank you for taking the time to do so.

Disclaimer: Information shared here is from my personal understanding and experience. As advice given is general and I am not a medical doctor, there is no responsibility for how you receive it. The intention is sharing supportive information to assist you to live a fuller, holistic life.

The purpose of life, being grounded and present.

Hi there, I have been pondering about life, how as time passes, it is embraced more and at the same time, there is an awareness that what I once knew and felt to be like my ‘true answer’, my beliefs and understanding etcetera, continues to evolve. We all know that the only constant in life is change, that is for sure. Today we have some musings and questions to contemplate about life. For many of you, this could be waffle and lacking substance. Yet, some readers have shared that they look forward to what I write. Either way, it would be great to hear from you, if you wish to connect with me in one way or another. Thank you.

Do you wonder what life is about, whether there is a purpose and meaning to it all? My experiences are that being grounded, and present helps us be in touch with our life’s purpose. We are more receptive to guidance and intuition, including answers to our enquiring energy. The alternative may be a too busy mind and life, which takes us back to the past or into the future. Our energy leaks out and is all over the place when this is the case.

It definitely helps to live as much as you can totally present, rather than off in dreamland and away with the fairies. It is widely accepted that there are filters which we live and view our lives through. These have been referred to as veils. We have experiences that we draw to us by what we think and our actions, which is in accordance to what our focus is on and the energy that we send out.

In other words, we send out our own unique wave of energy, expectation, via either conscious or subconscious patterning and programming. Our personalities adapt, learn, grow and contribute to what develops as our own individual understanding about life. Our belief systems develop from a little baby and every one of us is a small part of the whole, we are all part of the same energy and connected, whether we have been aware of it until this point, or not.

So true is the saying “we cannot always change our circumstances; what we can change is our attitude”. We can decide to accept our life and make the best of it, as it may not be possible or the ‘right time’ to do anything else. As time passes, circumstances may change without input from us often for the better. Then we can review our life and the direction we are headed in.

Following are thought provoking questions you may wish to take paper and a writing utensil or the computer to begin a self-dialogue. If you haven’t yet dialogued and wish to receive instructions in this area, then let me know and I will email information to you. I enjoy dialoguing and find it helps me a lot.

Some questions for you to ask yourself are: Are you enjoying where you are in your life at present? Do you feel stuck in a rut, settled, without opportunities to keep evolving and growing? If not, what would you like to change? To have more of? To have less of? How is your support, outside and self-support going? Are you there for yourself? Do you feel dependant on others and if so, in what way is this happening? Are your main family or friendship relationships healthy or formed through weakness and fear-based patterns? Are they co-dependent or inter-dependent relationships?

There are no right or wrong answers, rather opportunities to recognise where you are at in humility and to gather together a handle on where you would wish to be heading.

Next time I will talk about being present and greeting anew, which all the above relates to in many ways, as to be grounded in our life and focused, we do need to be enjoying the present moment. We do also live a happier and more fulfilled life when we greet each situation, moment, person and ever incident in a fresh way. There are many reasons for this and I hope you look forward to what it will be.

Cheerio for now. Lots of love (and laughter). Lynette xo

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.

The History of Laughter Yoga and How I Became Involved

The History of Laughter Yoga and How I Became Involved

Hello there,

Recently I received an enquiry to facilitate a Laughter Yoga session from a primary school teacher of grades 5-6. She went on to ask me to share a few words about how I both became involved in Laughter Yoga and the history of the laughter club movement. It seemed like a good idea to expand a little in a blog post and hopefully this is of interest to you.

The year was 1995 when it all began, the origin of the Laughter Yoga Community Clubs, who practice ‘laughing for no reason’ all around the world. Indian Physician, Dr Madan Kataria was impressed by Norman Cousins’ book Anatomy of an Illness and the research work by Dr Lee Berk on the benefits of laughter to one’s health and wellbeing. Madan decided to field-test the impact of laughter upon himself and others, gathering with four friends in a Mumbai public park.

This happy little group had many bystanders, who quickly joined in and numbered over 50 after a couple of weeks. BUT, around that time it was discovered that either the jokes and humour ran out or became offensive. Dr Kataria went home to ponder if there could be a resolution. Otherwise he felt that trying to laugh together on a regular basis would simply not work long term.

Upon reviewing the research, there was a light-bulb moment! It was around the fact that the body cannot differentiate between pretend and genuine laughter, because both produce the same happy chemistry. Participants were amazed, the make-believe laughter quickly turned into real laughter that was contagious. Realising there were other ways to experience laughter than through humour, the group switched to role-play and other techniques to stimulate the importance of child-like playfulness.

That was 23 years ago, the first laughter club was born and as the saying goes, the rest is history. There are currently thousands of laughter clubs in over 100 countries around the world.

For myself 13 years ago in 2005, I saw people laughing loudly together on TV as a social activity and then heard that ‘the laughter guru’ was coming to Melbourne to present a Laughter Yoga workshop. I went along, met with Dr Kataria and was so impressed by how fantastic I felt, I straight away committed to doing the laughter club training and immediately thereafter started a laughter club.

My personal reasons were that as a young girl, adults seemed serious, stressed, upset and fearful, as if they had lost hope and life was a burden. From that awareness, I unconsciously chose to be young at heart and not let life beat me down. I kept it up as good as I could, to not get stressed out over work and adult issues. Sometimes people said I was like Peter Pan who was youthful, happy and an inspired person, living with faith and hope for the future, enjoying each day, one day at a time. Mind you, now I understand there is more to it than the simplified version of my earlier life, which was quite ungrounded. That was in part replaced as I learnt to stop judging unpleasant feelings and be authentic. Feelings are to be celebrated and not supressed, which is vastly different from the earlier me. Nevertheless, that is the story in a nutshell, as to why I was drawn to Laughter Yoga.

Cheerio for now, Lots of love and laughter, Lynette Mitchell xo

Disclaimer: Information shared here is intended to be supportive and 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

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.

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

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.