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Laughter Yoga

Laughter yoga

 Recently I attended a “Laughter Yoga” workshop at a local hospital. I was curious what it was all about. For those of you who’ve never attended, the instructor first gave a talk about the mental and physical benefits of laughter and then proceeded to lead us through a series of steps to get us interacting with one another through eye contact and what she called “unconditional” laughter; laughing for the sheer joy of it. Each exercise seemed funnier than the one before but, the highlight of the evening for me was the connection I made with a young lady who came in a wheelchair. She clearly had multiple physical challenges. I wondered if she had mental ones as well.

 Before we even began the laughter exercises, I sensed a great deal of joy in this young woman. Her eyes were already laughing. I wanted to approach her but found myself nervous and unsure of how to talk with her. I didn’t know what her level of understanding was because she hadn’t spoken a word all evening. I found myself seated next to her for the final exercise and decided to choose her for my partner. As directed, we placed the palms of our hands together and laughingly shared positive affirmations about our dreams coming true. She had some difficulty saying the words but I didn’t let that deter me. I decided to tell her how much joy I was receiving from her. When her huge smile got even wider, I asked permission to give her a hug. There was SO MUCH JOY in her hug that I was completely overwhelmed. I thanked her through my own tears of joy.

 This remarkable young woman may have had difficulty speaking but it didn’t matter because I have a sneaking suspicion that she already knew what the rest of us were trying to learn.

 Pure joy is simply beyond words.

 Wishing you pure joy,
Paula

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A while back I wrote about being tired and confused while trying to make some major decisions in my life, and that I finally stopped trying so hard to figure things out and just began praying out loud, “Thank you for the perfect home, job and income for my life’s purpose.” Then I would relax and trust that they would appear. I have to admit though that I still harbored my own ideas of how they would show up. By “home” I meant the place in which I would live. The “job” meant being hired by someone and “income” implied either a salary from that job or payment for my services.

 This past weekend my son moved out of a house that I own but no longer live in. That allowed me to go in and begin some much needed repairs so I can sell it, hopefully, soon! There is still a lot of work to be done so I can list it for a decent price. The other day, as my boyfriend worked alongside me for ten hours, I commented to him that I guess this is my “job” for now. That’s when I GOT IT! The house is the perfect “home, job and income” all rolled into one! And it was right under my nose all the time. J

Is there a decision you need to make? You might want to take a moment to say thank you for the answer that already exists. Then, pay attention! It might be closer than you think.

Let your spirit soar!
Paula
Artwork: “Suspended”, SOLD

 

 

 

 

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I picked up my mother at the Manchester airport last Tuesday. She arrived on schedule at 1:15 but her luggage did not. Because she had to board the plane last minute, her bag got loaded onto the next flight which wouldn’t arrive until 5pm. By the time we discovered this, it was still over three hours away. Reluctantly, my mom said she would make the two hour round trip back to pick it up later. What choice did she have? Although she is very independent, I didn’t like the idea of my 89 year old mother doing all that driving during rush hour traffic, especially after a whole morning of air travel. I had a better idea.

 I have wanted to spend more time with her anyways so, I thought why not spend those hours shopping at the Manchester Mall together? We haven’t been there in years! Off we went on our little excursion. We haven’t shopped together for a very long time so we had lots of fun and we each found items that we had been searching for. Instead of struggling, we ended up enjoying a lovely afternoon.

 I’m gradually learning to remember to take a deep breath before I start grumbling that things aren’t going according to my plan because, quite often, they are working out perfectly according to my desires.

Let your spirit soar!
Paula

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Too important to miss

Hello everyone,
 Since Spirit Rising is all about helping us return to joy, I just have to share the link to this most amazing video with you.  It is 25 minutes long but I found it to be well worth watching to the very end. Very comforting and uplifting!
 
Enjoy. 🙂
Paula

 

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Missing out #22

Missing out   #22

 While I was visiting my friend’s house the other day, her 15 year old son had one of his school friends over for a first time visit. His friend was so nervous about being in a new situation that his mother had to stay at the house with him during his entire time. When she said she had to leave early to get some errands done, her son’s desire to stay was overridden by his fear and he chose to leave with her. Beyond the obvious temptation to judge this situation, I was saddened to think of all the fun her son was likely missing out on because of his fear.

 I began wondering why I was witness to that particular situation because I’ve seen over and over again how life mirrors aspects of my self back to me. Were my own fears keeping me from having more fun in life? One example that immediately came to mind was all the events I have passed up because I was afraid to drive into Boston.

I have a friend who recently joined Toastmasters, the international public speaking organization. She said, “It’s something I have to do simply because public speaking scares me so, and I don’t want to live in fear.” Well, neither do I! So, the next time I feel overcome with irrational fear (vs. an instinct to avoid real danger) perhaps I will remember that boy and my friend and find the courage to let my spirit soar!

 Are you missing out because of fear?

 Let your spirit soar!
Paula
Artwork: thumbnail of Into the Night, SOLD

 

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