Laughter Clubs Continue with New Vim and Vigour During COVID-19.

Laughter Clubs Continue with New Vim and Vigour During COVID-19.

You will all agree that our lives have been radically rearranged since the advent of fears and restrictions due to COVID-19.  The virus brought with it many ongoing challenges, heartbreak, both personal and professional. We have been stretched beyond our limits, making it harder for many to stay positive physically, emotionally and mentally.

Simultaneously, many individuals, businesses and organisations are thriving as they can rise to the challenge, reinventing themselves. People often share having a deeper appreciation of things that were taken for granted. There has been a bonding of relationships and ties, people finding new ways to reach out, stay connected and value each other more. The garden industry is thriving, as the public have the time and inclination to be outside, tidying, pruning, replanting, growing vegetables and feeling a stronger connection with nature. Many express gratitude for the shutdown, staying at home has provided time for things that were left until they ‘got around to it’. Despite the difficulties there are blessings when we re-jig the way we have lived our lives, and we take stock of our life’s journey.

This has been the case with Laughter Clubs and those providing Laughter Yoga sessions professionally, new methods to do so. We have gone online using Facebook Live and Zoom meetings so that we can laugh together. They provided us with ways to continue, rather than go into hibernation. Now we embrace people who join us from all around the world, as we also join with laughter clubs in other countries. The laughter community is growing, resilient, connected and letting go of the stress that is so prevalent due to the virus.

We open our hearts in joy as we laugh, as laughter truly is the best medicine. This we choose to do as an aerobic activity, because the body does not know the difference with real and pretend laughter. Laughter releases endorphins, the feel-good hormones oxytocin and serotonin into the blood stream. It also strengthens the immune system, supports the heart and has many other health benefits which help sustain us to be in optimum health, as far as is possible.

I now share some personal feelings about the virus, that it is nature at work rebalancing the earth, which has been way out of balance in many, many ways. Are we doing our best to see the bigger picture and remain positive about future directions? It reminds me of something which if we could emulate, may benefit our lives in the long term.

I read about how a minority of ex-prisoners of war (POW’s) were able to survive the experience and maintain a state of emotional stability, love and internal peace. On the other hand, many returning POW’s were permanently scarred, psychologically or physically.

However, in this minority of people, who one could imagine, had their own strong support belief system in place, these people came back with more ability to embrace life once more. The horrendous ordeal had not broken their spirits, they had never given up hope, returning from the war to go on and become successful in their work and family lives. It is possible that their experiences added a quality of richness as to how they perceived the world, their life, their wartime struggles and their outlook overall.

Might I suggest that we are all in this time together and each day make it a priority to maintain positivity above all else? Especially too because when we live in fear, our immune system is compromised. Laughter as I have often shared, strengthens the immune system, even fake laughter! Let’s go, have a laugh, a giggle now, to yourself or out loud with others. Thank you.

We would love you to join with us in this laughter journey in a virtual way. At this stage we plan to stay online after the restrictions ease and when permitted, we will meet outside in the park again, although less often. We envisage this as being monthly and we plan to continue being online. This will give you the ability to stay at home and experience laughter clubs, as if you were in person. It does work and you will enjoy the laughter sessions, as we do by running them.

Until next time, laughter blessings. Do contact me with any questions you may have about the Zoom invitation or how to connect with our Facebook Live Saturday sessions.

See you soon?

Love and Laughter, Lynette and John. Virtual hugs.

Belonging, Community Spirit & Australia Day in Melbourne 2012

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Australia Day – Woo Woo – Thursday 26th January

Who lives near Melbourne or in Victoria? Then you will know about heaps of activities that go on in and around the city on Australia Day.

Please spread the word, I felt to share this on my blog because some readers may live overseas, yet have friends in Melbourne. In which case, the more the merrier to join us at 10am near the corner on Bourke and Swanston Streets.

We are group number 58 and you won’t be able to miss our purple and yellow Laughter Clubs Vic t shirts. If you have one please wear it and if not we may have one you can borrow. The march starts with the raising of the flag at 10.30am and lasts about 30 minutes but we need to be there for marshalling at 10am. After the march we will be meeting for community laughter sessions in the park at the Melbourne People’s Day Festival.

After the March at 2.10 pm Laughter Clubs Victoria Inc will be leading a laughter session and there is more information on the Australia Day 2012 page at Laughter Clubs Victoria’s website. It is on the grassed area and note, not on the main stage.

If you would like more information about what’s on in Melbourne. Then Google What’s On In Melbourne! I just did and saw that The Roulettes will be flying overhead at 2pm. The Roulettes are from the Royal Australian Air Force and they will be putting on quite a display. And there are fireworks at night, at midday at The Shrine, an Australia Day 21 Gun Salute, movie marathon at ACMA showing our nation’s rich heritag, Government House is open, even a 5km swim at Middle Brighton Pier, plus you could start the day with breakfast. Everything is covered on this very special day, between breakfast, lunch and right up to the fireworks.

It is wonderful to be part of a nation and community. I recall when I went to see my beautiful daughter Georgina in Vancouver a few years back, we were driving through the mountains to Calgary and happened on a small community which was having its celebrations. There was a march and one person jumped out at me, he was posing for my photo and was a really small, finely built elderly gentleman who loved to dress up as a clown and share fun, love and laughter with his small community.

Isn’t that what life is about? We all make so many contributions, albeit unconsciously to come together and share ourselves with others, sharing the joys, the sorrows, the ups and the downs. Where would we be without family and friends and I believe that all of us, or truthfully, the majority at least, have that sense of belonging.

That belonging can be to ourselves, to immediate family, larger family group, our work and it extends out and out until in reality, we are all connected upon earth. I love that there is so much awareness happening these days with the animal kingdom, the environment and with many overlapping areas, people are growing and evolving, becoming interested and desiring to make a difference as they can.

Regardless of feeling of hopelessness and what is the point of it all that is shoved down our throats and programmed through the predominantly negative media, there is hope, there is a purpose to it all and it starts with one thought, word and deed. It is never too late to start a new beginning. Each day is a new day and with it comes a new start. What was that saying about changing the things that you can and accepting what you cannot. We can change our attitude and how we react to things. We can make a difference in our lives and help uplift the planet, holding in our mind’s eye the ideal, rather than heaping more judgment on what we see and hear. To hold in our heart the ideal of what can be and say ‘Mother Father God, they will not my will be done’  helps us to work with the universe into programming love not fear.

I did not know this was going to happen, felt to write about Australia Day and obviously it touched something in me wanting to be expressed. It is wonderful to be part of something, Laughter Yoga, that sense of believing in a movement that is positive. cherished and world wide. As I said, it is great to belong on many levels and with all that develops a deeper purpose which can help to fill the void and connect us with our heart and soul.

Thanks for listening. Love and Laughter Blessings to You and Yours. xxx