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.

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.