Laughter yoga is not some quirky insubstantial time-filling activity. Laughter yoga helps real people with real life. The insights in nls: natural laughter skills provide a robust practical framework for navigating us through a crisis.
Winston Churchill commented ‘If you’re going through hell, keep going’.
To help do this, here are 7 core nls: natural laughter skills steps.
- just hang in there
- keep breathing
- set tiny wellness targets (‘for the next 5 minutes I’ll relax, breathe & smile’)
- within yourself, allow the possibility of change (‘resistance is futile’ … and it has the potential to turn pain into suffering?)
- Make a point for 5 minutes at a time, once or thrice a day, appreciating really ‘tiny’ normally insignificant things – fingernails, the fact that bones mend, the texture of your skin, the colour of your walls etc)
- Remember that with all you know and all you already do, clarity is on its way. You just have a bit of turbulence to get through
- The universe never puts more on our plate than we can handle
This framework is even more effective when these steps are done with a smile. The act of intentional willing smiling relaxes our psyche and opens us to the possibility of change. With practice, the act of intentional willing smiling generates a palpable internal sensation, a warmth, softening and gentleness we can feel. This quality
- makes it easier to endure the painful moment
- reduces inner resistance
- and facilitates inner change.
All that you need do with this intentional willing smiling practice is keep practicing, as in ‘Awakening the Laughing Buddha within’.
As John F Kennedy remarked ‘The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining’, and the more we integrate this smiling practice into our daily life, the better we are able to deal with life’s inevitable turbulence. We are developing our resilience, and using as many of our own resources as possible – physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual.
Do these steps really help?
Here is a recent comment ‘I feel anyone going through change and feeling overwhelmed will benefit from the wisdom of these words. I read them every day and they ground and encourage me, as well as reassuring me that I am doing enough.’
Just keep practicing your intentional willing smiling.
next workshop ‘Joy. More Joy‘
next webinar – ‘add mindfulness to your laughter yoga’
next course ‘Laughter Facilitation Skills’