The 52: A Lighter, Happier YOU — Just Lighten Up!


butterflybluesky“Hey, just lighten up!”  Has anyone ever said that to you?  Maybe you were taking yourself or something around you way too seriously?  Perhaps you needed to take a break and see the humor or silliness in your response? Or perhaps you needed to step back and get a proper perspective. It happens to all of us.  Sometimes we think life is just so serious.

I think the best spiritual teachers have a great sense of humor.  They can laugh at themselves and the world around them.   Someone made this observation about the Dalai Lama:  He said that one of the things he most liked about the Dalai Lama was the way he could “crack himself up,” laughing in an infectious way that made everyone laugh around him.  I once viewed a video of a famous guru.  The entire video showed him laughing at one situation and another.  As we watched, we could not help but be uplifted by the laughter.

The world could use some lightening up!  Don’t you think there is an emphasis on doom and gloom?  And on petty disputes? The spiritual world could use some lightening too.  Many of us get trapped in the idea that the spiritual path must be a serious endeavor.  In fact, in some circles, there seems to be an epidemic of spiritual arrogance.  We get it, we may say.  Pity those not on the path.  Those poor beings who don’ meditate or eat the right foods or read the right books or do the right kind of yoga.  To this, I say, “Lighten up!  Give us all a break!”    After all, aren’t we one?  Aren’t we all reflections of one another? 

There is a song called “Put on A Happy Face.”  I love the lyric that reminds us to “spread sunshine all over the place.”  Not a bad idea!  Want to give it a try? 

You will be happier, more joyous, and have a lot more fun, if you just lighten up and spread sunshine!  Try this:

  • Think, in advance, of something you know you will be doing today.  Imagine a way to make it a happy occasion, a bright spot, even if it is no more than greeting someone in a brief moment.  Then make it happen.
  • Think of something or some time that was really funny to you.  Imagine looking at yourself at that time.  Can you feel yourself growing lighter?
  • Maybe you can remember a joke you heard.  Could it still make you laugh?  Then go ahead, laugh. 

Laughter helps to release negative energy in your body, increase healing and positive hormones and, the result is, you will be healthier and happier.  It’s an easy form of “health insurance.”

So, as the old cliché goes:  IS EVERYBODY HAPPY?  I am, just writing about it.  How about you?

Next week, we return to a main theme of this course  — LOVE.

With love and namaste, Deanne

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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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  1. Hello Deanne,

    What a wonderful lesson. Many years ago, when my world had crashed around me, I visited a physic for the first time in my life. This woman was very gifted, and I read with her a couple more times after that. Sadly, she has since passed on (for those who remain here).

    She is the one who told me about my grandmother, and explained why all the crazy things were happening at my house. One of the things she told me was that my Grandmother was playing these games, because I needed to “lighten up” and play more.

    It was hard to make the transition at the time, but I took it to heart and it made a great change in my life.

    I stopped seeing her for a couple of years, and then ran into her at a friend’s house who was doing a reading with her. She looked at me and said “Vivian? Your whole aura has changed. The angels are busy shining it for you.”

    I still need to give myself “reminders”, and I’m always happier when I do.

    Thank you again for the lessons.

    With love and namaste,


    On Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 10:42 AM, deannemincer

    • Dear Vivian,

      What a wonderful sharing. Your graqndmother was watching out for you! This helps me to understand that my mother has been doing the same thing. I am not sure I understood this before. Do you think your grandmother and my mother are up there having tea and plotting?

      So much love to you and thanks,

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