Laughter

Having Fun Beatles Ashram Rishikesh, India


English Poet, Algernon Charles Swinburne in his poem "Laughter," compares the  most beautiful natural sounds of our world to the sound of a child's laughter, and concluded they may be half as sweet. 

This is actually a perfect time of the year to cultivate the habit of laughter.  Energetically, the element of water will peak on the winter solstice. This element is associated with the second chakra (Svadhistana), that corresponds with your inner child. You can naturally let yourself be a little crazy, it lightens up your life. And if people ask what you're on, tell them, "I'm on endorphins!"

The winter solstice celebrates the power of spirit, simple joys, faith, vision, and patience. As the earth pulls in, so too should you. Listen, laugh, play and rest. Spend time observing children interacting with one another. You'll notice how frequently they laugh as they play. You'll also notice they take  naps and rest so they can renew their energy. In contrast, adults tend to be serious, rush frantically around, stressing ourselves with activity when we really need to lighten up and get some rest.

This time of year try to make a conscious effort to invite as many fun things that will provoke laughter as you can into your life. Go to a concert, comedy club, or play some games. All these kinds of activities will help you rekindle the healing effect of laughter in your life. Take time to rest too. Nature teaches us that resting, drawing inward for a time, is present in all living things. Rest is necessary for growth to come later in the season.

Om!
Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com


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