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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,

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Giddy with Joy (#15)

I used to spend a lot of time visualizing what I wanted to come into my life. Many of you have likely heard of the movie, The Secret, about how to manifest the life you want. And, it is true that we get more of whatever we put our attention on, good or bad. But more and more often I am realizing that I don’t even know what I truly want or what would serve me best. Should I move to a new apartment or not? Should I take that part-time job? Should I concentrate on my painting, writing or speaking? How much do I need to earn to do what I want to do? What DO I want to do???? On and on it goes, and it’s exhausting!  So, I’ve adopted a new approach. Each time my mind starts swirling with these questions, I stop and silently say, Thank you for the perfect home, job and income, etc. for my life’s purpose; whatever that is. I surrender to a higher power that can see the bigger picture and knows exactly what I need to live a joyful, abundant and meaningful life. That same power also knows how to provide what I need, easily and effortlessly. Actually, I’ve come to understand that everything we think we need already exists; we simply have to relax and allow it to come into our lives.

A few weeks ago I told you about my free dinner and concert. What I didn’t tell you was that I unexpectedly got treated to a free dinner a few days before that as well. And after practicing surrendering for just a few weeks, here is how the rest of that week went. I got accepted to present a one day retreat at Rolling Ridge Retreat Center in late fall. I also discovered that I have two pensions available to me much earlier than I expected. I began receiving free life coaching from an acquaintance looking to practice his skills and my neighbor gave me a free psychic reading. My son finally got the apartment in an art community that he has been waiting a long time for, which frees up my house for me to sell. My boyfriend shared some money with me from his Keno winnings and I met a wonderful new friend. By the end of the week, I was nearly giddy with joy.

So the next time you are feeling needy, overwhelmed or directionless, say a prayer of thanks for the perfection in your life; know it already exists and that joy is your birthright. Then the only question you need answered is this . . . . .

How much joy can you handle?

Let your spirit soar!
Paula (Artwork: “Ecstasy”, SOLD)

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Greetings everyone! Welcome to my new blog. 🙂

I established this blog for the sole (soul) purpose of helping my readers (and myself) return to our natural state of love,  inner peace and joy. 

I look forward to sharing inspirational thoughts and sayings, 
resources, and personal stories to help us remember the amazing, divine beings that we truly are.

Since painting is one of my favorite ways to express joy, I am also excited to share my artwork with you.

Thank you for joining me on this journey

                                                      . . . . . our journey

                                                           . . . . . the journey of SPIRIT RISING!

                                                                                                      Paula Richards

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