laughter

Crazy Curly Swirly Girlie
Gigi Laughing

I laugh easily. I love humor and find very little in life to be so dire and serious that I can’t find a way to laugh at it. My kids and My Love all go out of their way to make me laugh because (they tell me) they love my laugh. What a blessing!

At an expressive therapy conference, I learned about Laughter Therapy and it’s many benefits. In the workshop, we looked at each other and just started laughing, even if we were faking it. We ended up laughing “for real” and it felt great! Apparently, laughter balances hormones, boosts the immune system and many other wonderful healthy things so it’s just a darn good thing to do.

In “The Daily Om” that I receive via email every day, they had this to say about laughter:

“It is easy to laugh when we feel good, but it is when the world appears dim that we most need laughter in our lives. Our laughter then resonates through our hearts, filling the empty spaces with pure, unadulterated joy. We regain our footing in the moment and remember that no sorrow is powerful enough to rob us of our inborn happiness. When we understand that uninhibited laughter is the food of the soul, nourishing us from within, we know instinctively that life is worthwhile. “

This baby laughing is so joyful to watch. And this slightly more risqué video of the difference between men and women showering had me laughing so hard my stomach hurt. John’s Queen of Dorkshire set of being my dorkiest self might give you a laugh at my expense. 🙂

edit: As requested, here is Oatmeal: The Video (more laughter at my expense showing my extreme dorkiness):

Laughter heals us, connects and us helps us to remember that life is meant to be joyful so today, I am going to laugh. And tomorrow and the next day and the day after that…

What makes YOU laugh?

Dragonfly Medicine

Dragonfly Shadow

A shadow on my friend, Julia’s, wall that was cast by a little dragonfly hanging in the window. I drew the Dragonfly card in the Animal Medicine tarot deck by Jamie Sams so I appreciated the synchronicity of seeing this yesterday. Here’s a bit about Dragonfly medicine:

“Dragonfly medicine is of the dreamtime and the illusionary facade we accept as physical reality. The iridescence of Dragonfly’s wings reminds us of colors not found in our everyday experience. Dragonfly’s shifting of color, energy, form, and movement explodes into the mind of hte observer, bringing vague memories of a time or place where magic reigned.

Dragonfly is the essence of the winds of change, the messages of wisdom and enlightenment and communications from the elemental world….on a pychological level, it may be time to break down the illusions you have held that restrict your actions and ideas…See how you can apply the art of illusion to your present question or situation, and remember that things are never completely as they seem.”

As I shift my physical reality and create a new “norm” for myself, I am mindful that I get to choose my new reality; they key is focusing on what I DO want and taking steps to get to where I want to be. Thank you, Dragonfly Spirit, for the reminder.