‘This makes me more present than anything else’, said the Maori homeopath, ‘more than my own meditation practice’
She was referring to the awareness practices she’d just experienced in a yogic laughter session at the Bristol laughter club.
Next, we explored how deeply we could maintain this awareness while walking and moving.
Next, we took off our regular masks and added the quality of a soft face, ie a smile. We experienced the extra dimension the smile added.
Progressively we explored how there’s no limit to how deeply we can be aware, and how the smile deepens awareness.
Simple but not easy, to use Jon Kabat-Zinn’s expression.
The effect? Becoming more present, absolutely anchored in the present moment, connecting warmly with fellow human beings.
The quality of experience? Quiet, joyful contentment.
This simple exercise gets better the more we use it. ‘Gets better’ means becomes more effective. The more present we are, the better we can respond to the requirements of the current moment – with less stress, less anxiety, less frustration, more calmness, more peacefulness, more effectiveness.
McMindfulness does not deliver this. Mindfulness does. Yogic laughter practices do, par excellence.