Expanding Your Happiness Day 12: Living Laughter

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“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” —E.E. Cummings

Pure, innocent laughter is the most obvious sign of the joy we feel in our hearts. It is also a powerful and instant way of spreading that joy all around you. Today we want you to notice what that feeling is inside you, just before you laugh.

That feeling is your source of happiness. It’s a sense of freedom, insight and delight born of the upsurge of spiritual bliss. It is as if our soul catches a cosmic wave of happiness and rides along with it.

Our meditation today is aimed at making you more conscious of these waves of bliss moving through your being. With this increased awareness you can ride them throughout your day with a smile on your face, and laughter in your heart. Your joy is contagious and your happiness will expand as your smile travels to one person after another.

Our centering thought for today is:

Life makes me smile and laugh.

Our Sanskrit mantra for today is:

“Kleem Upahasa.” I attract joyful laughter.

“How do you feel when you hear the uninhibited laughter of a baby, or the giggles of a small child at play? It’s irresistible, isn’t it? It reminds us of the pure, carefree, innocence, absence of any self conscience, a sweet state of light heartedness that lives within each of us no matter how old we are. Laughter, it comes from the heart. Ir removes barriers and releases the healing energy of play. Laughter is contagious, it is an extraordinary life power energy. Enjoy a good laugh, and you can’t help but feel more alive, more optimistic. That is the uplifting spirit of happiness, and you create it every time your eyes light up in laughter. Close your eyes, relax,a nd put just a little smile on your face, take a deep breathe. ANd let that feeling, that smile flow through you. Open up to the real LOL within, and you will undoubtedly have a happier day ahead.” ~Oprah  

Today’s Notes

I feel conflicted when someone says that laughter is the best medicine. It implies that laughter is the best use when someone is sick. The energy of humour, is the chameleon, we laugh to make fun and to ridicule, which turns laughter into negative energy.  We laugh to comfort ourselves when things are so bad that all you can do is laugh. But there is a hidden use in the same energy that enlivens the soul. This is the laughter that emerges when you get the answer to the riddle of life. Most expect the answer is tragic. That life is what happens in the blink between being born and dying. A tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. 

But what if this isn’t true?

Behind the appearance of birth, death, chaos, misfortune, and tragedy, the essence of life is pure light.

That’s what the world’s wisdom traditions try to teach us. In the east there are many images of smiling gods and laughing sages. The enigmatic smile of the Buddha comes from knowing the answer: he found it within. Where Jesus declared where the kingdom of heaven lies. 

When a happy truth reveals itself, we erupt in laughter. Laughter reveals that life is here to enjoy. it shatters the illusion that life is serious and grim business. Laughter is the carrier of life energy. Don’t we all feel better after a good laugh?

Hugh Sidney wrote, “Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp on life.” The great sages and teachers would go further than that. If your life is filled with humour and laughter, then your flow of bliss is strong and healthy.

Consider today’s centering thought: “Life makes me smile and laugh.” 

Now, prepare for meditation. Become aware of your breath. With each breath, allow yourself to become more relaxed. Gently introduce today’s mantra: “Kleem Upahasa.” This mantra develops a kind sense of humour and attracts joyful laughter. Repeat it silently to yourself. With each repetition and breath, allow your body, mind, and spirit to open and receive just a bit more… 

My Thoughts & Experience

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Warm. Tingles. A warm yet coldness on the back of my neck traveling up to my crown. Tears.
Felt like my skull was being cracked open like an egg, and warm liquid was being poured in. 
Connected. With eyes closed I saw light travel from the top of my eye lids to the bottom in a cycle.

With this one, the dog layed on the floor looking up at me with such eyes.

He didn’t bark, he only watched. 

I was imagining my Higher and Inner Child on my shoulders, running around and laughing. There was so much joy, I could barely stand it. Tears welled up inside of me. Happy tears. Warm tears. Amazing tears.

We laughed and laughed. My stomach physically shook with the overwhelming sensation of deep solar plexus giggling. 

There can be a thing that can be said about Laughter Therapy, and if you havn’t tried it, I’d give it a good go.

Namaste~ 

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