belly rub

Belly rub

 

Did you know that rubbing your belly was the key to your happiness and joy?

 

 

An optimist laughs to forget; a pessimist forgets to laugh. — Tom Nansbury

 

 

Stress comes from our thinking

Stress comes from our thinking

 

Healing Tip

What have you been thinking lately? Have your thoughts been positive or negative.

This winter I’ve taken time to go inwards. I’ve been doing lots of meditation and have stepped back from actively marketing my business. As an introvert it is always a challenge to talk to lots of people. And it takes me out of my comfort zone.

Which has brought me to the point of questioning the business. Do I really want to be doing this?

There are always lots of different roles that a small business owner has to do. And at times I feel overwhelmed.

 

Stress comes from our thinking

 

That is when I really need to listen to my thoughts. Using Byron’s Katie’s The Work, www.thework.com, I can ask “Is it true?” “Do I really know that it is true?”

Frequently I can see that I have made up a story to reflect how I am feeling.

Katie’s questions give us insights about ourselves. They help us to recognize the judgments we are making about the stressful situation.

Inner peace is the art of meeting ourselves with understanding. We need to recognize that the seeds for our unhappiness lie in the sub-conscious mind. These are the belief systems we have inherited as well as our unresolved emotional baggage, along with our attachments and mindsets.

Life invariably gives us people and situations that are challenging. Keeping an eye on our dominant thought patterns can help us to lessen their impact on our life. We can choose our actions rather than find that we have already reacted.

 

 

chicken laughter

Chicken laughter

 

Ready for some really silly laughter?

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh. — W. H. Auden

 

being the witness

Being The Witness

 

Meditation Tip

being the witness

 

As we sit in meditation we are the witness to our own mind.

Our thoughts arise and pass, emotions arise and pass, pain may arise and pass, cellular activity arises and passes.

We are training the mind not to react to any of these.

This allows the mind to clear the deeply-held seeds of our unhappiness. These include old emotional reactions, negative mindsets, trauma and belief systems that no longer serve us.

Is this process easy? Sometimes “Yes”, sometimes, “No”.

But having a regular routine helps to remind us to practice. And we feel more calm and peaceful at the end of the time.

Can you practise today?

Beginners Meditation and Relaxation Classes: A new 6 week course starts in Albury-Wodonga on Tuesday 25th August. Read more

University of Laughter Yoga

The University of Laughter Yoga

 

A university devoted to spreading laughter and joyfulness?

It’s true.

University of Laughter Yoga

 

It will be called the ‘University of Living Life’ and will also be the headquarters of Laughter Yoga International.

The University is being built in the south Indian city of Bangalore and will have an entirely different curriculum to what we expect from universities.

All the departments will be based on the idea of joyfulness and health.

They will inspire and motivate people to change their outlook towards others and to life in general.

The University will teach that real happiness lies within us and does not depend upon objects or situations in the world or the mind. It will teach people how to bring more joy into their lives as well as maintaining healthy and positive attitudes of body and mind.

The core philosophy of Laughter Yoga is to cultivate joy, rather than seek happiness. Joy can be triggered by simple physical activities like singing, dancing, playing and laughing.

Thus, in this new University there is a Department of Joy!

 

 

Hug yourself

Hug Yourself

 

We all know that touch is very good for health. We recommend at least one big hug each day, if possible.

So here’s an idea – why not hug ourselves? It can be lots of fun!

 

A smile starts on the lips, a grin spreads to the eyes, a chuckle comes from the belly; but a good laugh bursts forth from the soul, overflows, and bubbles all around.  Carolyn Birmingham