We all know the saying laughter is the best medicine. And we’ve all experienced the cathartic effects a really good belly chuckle can bring with it. So why when it comes to the world of health, fitness, wellbeing and energy work – all things that are also great for the soul – do we take it so seriously?
I love yoga. LOVE it! But how many would agree, you go to a class and everyone is tight lipped, often rarely breathing and taking every pose so damn seriously. I have definitely been to classes where I have received many a glare through out. And honestly… I don’t care.
Now I am not talking in the end at Shavasana. Although I can also bet we’ve all been to a class were someone farts or gets the giggles in this stage too. But I mean throughout the class. I giggle at myself when I wobble. I giggle at myself when I think of something funny. I giggle at myself when I notice I am taking it all too seriously. Many of the most amazing teachers will tell you; breathe into your pose. Then they will also encourage you to smile. Not just for a laugh (pun intended 😉 Smiling and laughter releases oxytocin into the bloodstream that allows us to release tension and stress thereby allowing you to move deeper into your pose and feel better all round as a result.
Laughter and smiling have so many benefits and the list on Bron Roberts website Let’s Laugh, wellbeing programs all developed around laughter, is impressive. From anti-aging, to immune boosting; from aiding in treatment or heart disease and diabetes to building bonds and resilience, the clinically proven statistics are astounding.
So as society slowly begins to embrace the energy world as more common place, how can laughter help us to connect? Well, in much the same way as it helps us to move deeper into our yoga poses.
The energy body, our aura, our soul or whatever you chose to call it, is forever fluctuating. In a majority of us it is dependant on our outside influences such as our environment, the people and places we have chosen to be around, the society and culture we live in, the air we breathe, and the food and beverages we ingest. EVERY SINGLE THING exists as energy. It is the frequency at which the particles vibrate that determines how we humans view it in our reality. Solid dense matter, such as the device you are reading this on now, is simply vibrating at a lower frequency.
This concept is no different for a thought. For an emotion. For a belief. For a perception or lens that we chose to look at the world through. So we are connected to energy all the time because we are energy all the time.
But what if changing the draining energy of a low vibe emotion was as easy as cracking a smile. Well great news…IT IS!
Part of connecting to the energy that is running through us, around us, that is us, is first to acknowledge it. With no shame or judgment. What you think and feel up until you are aware that thought or feeling doesn’t work for you doesn’t count. There is no reason to beat yourself up for what was if you are making the courageous choice to learn and grow.
Then name it. What is the thought? What is the emotion? Expressing it, even quietly to yourself can bring clarity and understanding so you can isolate the energetic imprint without those old sayings like “I am just broken” or “I am messed up” or “Nothing ever goes my way” etc etc. When we feel a bit shit we tend to be great at catastrophising our whole existence.
Then really connect to it. Close your eyes. Feel where it is in your body. Notice the heaviness, denseness or weight it appears to be placing on that part of your body.
Now that you in your entirety is giving it attention, send it love. Allow yourself to see what it is without attaching to it. Chances are in this moment you are in no real danger. Remind yourself of that. You are safe and loved. Then allow the smile to take over your face.
Allow it to grow. Allow it to develop. Allow it to burst into a giggle if it is ready to. Allow yourself to use this natural state of laughter – as natural to us as breathing – to ease the density of the energy you feel. Allow it to open you up so you can release the energy back into the world around you.
Honestly, this can be challenging. But in terms of a technique to pull out to quickly refocus your energy, it is GOLD. And effective. I have personally found as I force myself to smile, I feel silly and then its easy to break into laughter.
Then as you feel the density of the energy disperse you can be really attentive and mindful to that energy leaving your body.
And what an amazing process it is. The power is always with us. If we choose to use it.
Love and light, Michelle xxx