Yesterday I was pelted from all sides by sick humor…On my way to yoga class last night I drove by a tow truck with the following in big and bold across the back of it:
Have a Tow-riffic day
Isn’t that just what you want to hear on the other end of the phone when calling a tow truck?
Then, when I got to yoga, my Yoga Guru Rob comes out with another of his raunchy jokes: ‘Why wouldn’t you starve to death if you were stranded in the desert without any food?’ Answer: ‘Because you could have all the sand-wiches you wanted’.
Gotta love it.
Actually, yes. Our bodies have this amazing ability to heal itself. Did you know that tears of joy have a different chemical make-up than tears of grief? Our body is re-balancing itself. And laughter…just understanding it on an energy level…we all know that when we are upset and tense, a really funny movie is just the antidote. It is well known, that after man-made or natural disasters, or in times of war, it’s the comedies that do well at the box-office.
Our stress mechanism, the fight-or-flight response, builds up a storehouse of energy and unless we use it, direct it, channel it, that energy turns inward, causing dis-ease (disease).
Have you ever laughed when you’re nervous? Or when surprised…with sheer delight? Not only are you releasing this pent-up energy, but laughter also releases endorphins… your body’s natural pain reliever and mood enhancers. Apparently five minutes of belly laughter in the morning can be as good for your body as about eight hours of zazen, a very deep form of meditation.
Well, I can’t tell jokes to save my life, so Rob is safe from me stealing the limelight, but I have this unruly tongue that mixes words up as well as the ability to laugh at myself when I do. So when I teach yoga and try to explain to people how to breathe, this is what comes out of my mouth is: “you breathe up and you breathe down.” And when I teach tai chi and describe the tai chi posture…”you want to be sure your ships and holders are in alignment…over your heels.” There’s not a thing I can do to control that tongue…so I’m the first to laugh at myself.
Living Joyously Tip for the Day:
So, laugh and cry, heal and play…play with words, laugh at yourself, and let the tears flow when they must!!! And have a tow-riffic day!
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