Laughter, happiness: what’s pain got to do with it?

All the best & juiciest bits of life are in our shadow, that painful place where we don’t like to look, that place we try and rationalise away. We cleverly or clumsily pretend it isn’t there, or worse, pretend we don’t need to go there – into the lurking cave where our ‘monster’ lives.

What we forget is that inside this same cave is our treasure, our life’s juiciness. It is just the other side of our fearsome ‘monster’. But we’re afraid the ‘monster’ will devour us, destroy us, annihilate us.
What we also forget is that our ‘monster’ wants to play, to dance. A love dance. A happy dance. A playful dance. A dance of delight.
Our ‘monster’ wants us to set it free.

I have seen people transformed by taking their ‘monster’ into their arms and play with it.

I’ve seen their body change. I’ve felt their breathing change. I’ve heard their voice change.
I’ve seen them transform – relax and become happier.
I’ve heard their laugh change.

All of us in the field of developing human potential – mindfulness, meditation, laughter yoga, laughter therapy, positive psychology, emotional intelligence et al – need to have danced with our ‘monster’, our pain.
How else can we invite others to develop, if we haven’t?

Build your courage.
Smile. Laugh. Breathe deeply. Laugh. Loosen your body. Laugh. Mentally say ‘YES’.
Trust – hold your hand out in invitation, take your ‘monster’ and dance & play.

Do it. Do it now. Whatever it takes, however you do it – just do it now. Dance & play with laughter and delight. Lead and follow. Swirl, twirl, roll & rock, leap, sway and smile.

Do it now.

‘Awakening the Laughing Buddha within’

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6 thoughts on “Laughter, happiness: what’s pain got to do with it?

    1. Joe Hoare Post author

      Yes! – stepping across is always the challenging bit, and even though we might have done it before, it’s a fresh challenge every time?

    1. Joe Hoare Post author

      Thanks Connie, glad you liked it. The activities all originate from the book ‘Awakening the Laughing Buddha within’, and subsequent developing refinements. The key always is to help people (ie the likes of us?!) find it easy to take our necessary growth steps. Always a challenge? 🙂

  1. Grace

    …. powerfully perfect
    I’ve read this times over
    for me so apt and damned useful
    thanks again and again and again and….


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