Have a Big Laugh Today. It’s Good for the Spirit!

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What did the yogi say to the hot dog vendor?  “Make me one with everything.”  Then the yogi gave the hot dog vendor a $20 bill. “Hey,” said the yogi, “Where’s my change?”  The hot dog vendor looked at him and said, “Change comes from within.”  Baboom!  Cue the laugh track…

Who said the spiritual path has to be serious?  Do saints and prophets and the truly enlightened never laugh?  I think the best teachers and gurus always see the light and humor in the world around them.  Sometimes we “seekers” think that only by being serious about things like the perfect alignment in the posture, never missing a meditation, or setting a standard for ourselves that is almost impossible to reach is the way we learn Truth.  That is the perfect trap for judging ourselves and then everyone around us. Spiritual conceit is alive and well within the spiritual community.  Better to just “drop it” and lighten up.  Why not see the light,  joy, and humor in the world around you?

Laughter yoga is one of the fastest growing types of yoga spreading throughout  the world today.  Began as an experiment to see if laughter would increase one’s chance for healing from serious disease, the answer came back in a heartfilled YES!  Long ago, Dr. Bernie Seigel, whose books transformed the way we see illness (one being Love, Medicine and Miracles), taught us that the immune system is strengthened by humor. Cancer patients can improve and, as an added bonus, lighten up their journey through the process.  Prioritize humor in your life, Dr. Seigel would advice.  Laughter feels good and has (unlike many pharmaceuticals) no bad side effects and costs nothing.

So read a funny book.  One that I like is Growing Up Laughing by Marlo Thomas. It is chock full of funny stories and jokes.  Or look at some silly pictures. Get together with a friend who brings out the humor in you.  See a movie that makes you belly laugh.  It could be any movie, as stupid and goofy as you like.  One of our all time favorites is the spiritual cult film “Groundhog Day.”  We have seen it so much we can practically recite the lines.  We never fail to have a good laugh and learn a little spiritual truth along the way.  Whatever lightens up your life is the key choice.  You pick  it.  It’s YOUR laugh after all.  Have some fun! It is not a wasted, vacuous endeavor.  It is healthy “medicine” for the soul.

So give it a try. Laugh your head off!  Who knows? It might be catching.  You might become addicted.  You might start seeing the world differently.  Maybe when you laugh, the world will laugh with you. As Swami Muktananda, one of my favorite teachers said, you might “see the world as a divine play, as the light of your own soul, and enjoy it while still laughing happily.”

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About deannemincer

Deanne Mincer has been a long time student of religious and spiritual studies. For many years, she was a practitioner of yoga and in the late 1980's she was drawn to share her enthusiasm by becoming a yoga teacher. Her certification, from the Himalayan Institute, was a comprehensive two year program including the study of anatomy, diet, nutrition, Ayurvedic medical practices, the methods of teaching hatha yoga, the science of breath and the study of raja (the royal path of yoga) philosophy. She has taught yoga, meditation, and spiritual classes for more than twenty years. In the mid 1990's she became a follower of Siddha Yoga where she experienced a spiritual awakening called shaktipat and her teachings took on a new and freshly informed understanding. As Deanne continued her studies, she learned level one in Reiki and also sutdied with Henry Grayson, Ph.D. where she refined her work with muscle testing and the complex of energy healing methods Dr. Grayson has developed for use with his patients. Dr. Grayson's work is illuminated in his books, Mindful Loving and Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind. Deanne teaches group and private classes in yoga as well as stress reduction programs and meditation in many forms (sitting, walking, whirling, meditation in action, and "sleeping" meditation called yoga nidra). She has developed methods of using yoga in treating those with life threatening diseases as in the programs she designed for Gilda's Club and Friends in Deed in New York City. She was a consulting producer on an alternative health program for CNBC's Alive and Wellness, and she has demonstrated yoga on network television. Deanne created the audio DC, Inner Light Yoga with Deanne Mincer and she has spoken widely and demonstrated meditation in many venues. Deanne is an enthusiastic and joyful teacher. She is known for the keen interest she takes in her students' physical and spiritual development. She stresses that each student should work at their own pace in a non-competitive and caring environment. You can read some of the comments her students have shared in the Tesimonials Section of this site. Her teaching is grounded in her own steadfast spiritual awareness - that each of us is a being of eternal light and love and that we can all come to knowing this truth for ourselves. She is eager to help guide you on this joyful path of body, mind, breath and spirit.

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