Laughter is anatomically caused by the epiglottis constricting the larynx. Go ahead and give it a try. Turn the corners of your mouth up into a smile and then give a laugh, even if it’s not a real gut busting laugh, your body gets the same benefits from faking it.
Do you feel a softening in your chest? Can you feel all your abdominal muscles engage? Do you feel more relaxed or buoyant?
Today, May 3rd, is World Laughter Day! “When you laugh, you change and when you change the whole world changes around you.” ~ Dr. Madan Kataria
Dr. Kataria, a physician from Mumbai, India and the founder of ‘Laughter Yoga’, held the first world laughter day in 1998. His mission? “Good health, joy and world peace through laughter”. Today there will be thousands of people in over 100 [...]
Now that you have (hopefully) practiced mindfulness for your body, mind and spirit, I challenge you to expand that practice to the people in your life. And not just those you know and care about, but those you pass on the street or in your car or hear about on the news.
Living with an invisible disease, I experience other people’s judgement often. I don’t look sick, so when I park in a [...]
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it." ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
The way you feel in any given moment can be enhanced or changed by practicing mindfulness. Your spirit experiences what you pay attention to. This means in any situation, any circumstance, you have the opportunity to [...]
In Asian languages, the word for 'mind' and the word for 'heart' are the same. So if you're not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you're not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention. ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
We think an average of 60,000 thoughts each day! Most of [...]