That playful spark

That playful spark

That playful spark

Play is serious stuff: it teaches us about freedom, fairness and fantasy, about boundaries and honour, rules and ruthlessness, about each other and everything else.

Friedrich Schiller once said that man “is only completely a man [or woman] when he [or she] plays”.

And yet as we grow up we move away from playfulness. We become too serious, too self-conscious, too busy to play. The challenge isn’t to become playful. It is to remain playful.

We were all born with that playful spark, that wonder, that capacity for spontaneity and delight. We are still able to become playful, at the drop of a hat, given the permission, the opportunity, and the hat. One of these hats is of course laughter yoga.

So get in touch with your inborn ability to be playful.

 

Laughter and mental health

 

Laughter and mental health

 

Research has shown that Laughter Yoga is a great exercise for both body and mind. It reduces mental tension and increases energy, enabling us to stay focused. Both sides of the brain are stimulated during laughing, which helps to increase clarity, creativity and problem solving ability.

Laughter Yoga has been recommended for people experiencing depression and other mental health disorders because of the mood lifting effect of laughter due to the release of endorphins. “I feel better.” This is the most common answer we get when we ask how people feel when they laugh. The reason is because there’s magic in laughter. Psychologically, it builds our resilience and helps us deal better with life’s challenges. It improves mental health and gives a more positive and optimistic outlook.

Another major cause for mental ill-health is loneliness. Laughter Yoga is a great way to connect. It fosters feelings of sharing and caring and establishes lifelong relationships. Group activities in a Laughter Yoga club not only keep us energised and playful; they also keep the mind away from negative thoughts, thereby promoting our mental wellbeing.

 

 

Smile. Laugh. Enjoy.

Smile. Laugh. Enjoy.

 

Smile. Laugh. Enjoy.

 

Let’s look at the next ingredient in our happy, healthy life recipe.

Laughter is a magical way of connecting with people – even total strangers. We all feel better after a good hearty laugh, which is why laughter is the best medicine. We adults don’t laugh very much. Do we take ourselves too seriously? Try this little experiment. For the next few days try to smile as often as you can. Make a smile the default position on your face. You don’t have to share it if you don’t want to but you may find it impossible not to. Let the smile spread and explode into a laugh if you want to. But smile just for the sheer joy of being alive. Smile. Laugh. Enjoy.

 

 

Take time

Take time to reflect
 on what you’re really here for

 

Take time to reflect

 

Take Time

Take time to think;

It is the source of power.

Take time to read;

It is the foundation of wisdom.

Take time to play;

It is the secret to staying young.

Take time to be quiet;

It is the opportunity to seek God.

Take time to be aware;

It is the opportunity to help others.

Take time to love and be loved;

It is God’s greatest gift.

Take time to laugh;

It is music to the soul.

Take time to be friendly;

It is the road to happiness.

Take time to dream;

It is what the future is made of.

Take time to pray;

It is the greatest power on earth.

Author Unknown

 

I love this poem. I recently found a hand-written copy tucked away in my filing cabinet. I can’t remember copying it! So it is probably 30 years old and it spoke to me then as it speaks to me now. Time is one resource that we get to choose how it is spent. How will you spend your time today?

Wishing you a wonderful 2017 and beyond.

 

10 tips for holiday health

Where did the year go?

 

where did the year go?

 

Suddenly it is nearly Christmas, and the end of the year is here. So we thought we’d share our Holiday Tips with you.

 

10 Tips for Holiday Health

Tip 1: Drink plenty of water

Water is essential to the health of our cells. Get into a good routine during the holidays so that this can be continued once work resumes.


Tip 2: Do the Brain Tapping (Cortices technique) twice daily

You want to be just as fresh on your holidays as you are at work. So don’t let this simple routine disappear once the holidays start. See our Brain Tapping instructions.


Tip 3: Get plenty of rest

Allow a few days at the start of the holiday to go at a slower pace. Holidays are a great time to catch up on some extra sleep.


Tip 4: Eat plenty of salads and fruit

The warmer weather makes it so easy to eat healthily. And this will encourage losing any of the weight you may have gained over the colder months.


Tip 5: Do more exercise than you normally do

Daily exercise of 30 minutes will slow down your rate of aging, according to new research. Extra fitness is good insurance for your return to work.


Tip 6: Cut down the alcohol

Ensure you have two alcohol-free days (AFDs). Remember that alcohol is very dehydrating and hence tends to age us more quickly. Too much is also disastrous for our brain.


Tip 7: Spend quality time with friends and family

Depending on how busy you’ve been you may have neglected some important relationships. Now is the time to reconnect. If the relationship is challenging, spend some time thinking about the best approach.

Meeting our emotional needs is the key to good health. Another key is accepting the choices other people make.


Tip 8: Listen to your body

Remember that as we are self-healing whatever is happening right now in your physical body is your body’s attempt to keep you healthy. While it can be a nuisance to be having symptoms of pain, etc, listen to what your body is telling you.

Is there something that you haven’t dealt with?
What can you do right now to improve this condition?

Click here to find out how the BodyTalkTM System of Healthcare can help you to clear past trauma and emotional baggage.


Tip 9: Do something to exercise the mind

Crosswords, Sudoku, brain teasers etc are great for the mind. What activities do you enjoy that keep you mentally alert? Make time for them.


Tip 10: Connect to Spirit/God/Universe

Spend time thinking about your life in relation to the bigger picture. Are you clear about your life’s purpose? What could you be doing in the next 12 months to feel more connected to something greater than yourself?

Click here for more about our Life Purpose Readings.

 

Enjoy the holiday period!

Make the most of the time so that you return to work 
fit and re-energised.
And finally, HAVE LOTS OF FUN.
After all, you are on holidays!

 

Wishing you a peaceful and loving Christmas and holiday period.

Much love,
Kathleen and Ian

 

 

What can you find Joy in today?

 

Healing Tip

What can you find Joy in today?

 

I’ve been reading a wonderful book! Matt Corcoran had a spiritual experience back in the 1990s that changed his perspective forever. Out of that came his first book called The Yoooge Philosopy of Life. Then he wrote a workshop to teach people about the purpose of life – which is JOY.

 

“Joy is the feeling of excitement, adventure, wonder, surprise, abundance, courage, trust, wellness, desire, passion, sexuality, beauty, success, achievement, willpower, motivation, choice, freedom, uniqueness, importance, creativity, fulfilment, support, purpose, inspiration, decisiveness, intuition, connection, awareness, self-appreciation, compassion, newness, bliss and gratitude all combined together as one giant super-feeling.”

It’s All About YOU by Matt Corcoran

What can you find Joy in today?