All emotions are welcome in my laughter yoga sessions. Even when I don’t specifically articulate this, it remains true.
Sometimes, partly as a result of this emotional freedom, personal breakthroughs occur.
Sometimes a natural joyfulness gets activated and a sense of wellbeing and unique personal identity breaks through. When this happens, the person has felt something they have never felt before, they recognise on a profound level this experience is important to them, and that from now on, their life is different – including less stress & anxiety and more joy & happiness.
This is a ‘death of the ego’ moment, aka emotional catharsis.
This ‘death’ is the shedding of a skin because they have been touched sufficiently deeply, at that right moment in their life, that they emerge from the session a changed person.
They are transformed, but to experience that transformation, part of them has to ‘die’, and this is an emotional moment for them, with or without tears.
Two typical responses I have had from people are:
- I kept giggling forthe rest of the day – joyfulness/happiness
- I felt ‘present’ for the first time in my life – mindfulness/present-moment awareness
It is an honour, a privilege and a responsibility to be present at and help initiate this personal alchemy.
Two recent experiences struck me forcefully because they were so similar they were almost identical.
One happened on a 2-day course, the other in a 1.5 hour session. In both cases, as the particular individuals were recounting their experience and how they had been changed by it, all emotions, from pain and sorrow through to joy and delight, fleetingly crossed their face.
In the space of probably less than 2 seconds, this intense microcosm of emotion was clearly if fleetingly expressed as they completed their personal alchemy.
They had both made this breakthrough step without going into emotional meltdown, and yet strong emotion was being expressed.
Among other things, it is good for all practitioners to be comfortable in the presence of strong emotion.
I find it good simply to give it space and ‘hold’ it (be fully present with it) so that it can be experienced with self-responsibility. This allows the personal alchemy to occur (and is how it was in my own personal transformation moment.)
It is a wonderful thing to experience, and a wonderful gift to help birth, is it not?
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