Mr. L was a good friend’s father.When I was in high school.And in spirit he took on that role that my own father left
behind when he left this world –caring for me in those ways that men do –with cars.And
caring for me emotionally.Though
I didn’t fully realize it at the time.
Mr. L gave me so much laughter.And I suppose I him as well.Though he was only laughing on the inside.But I knew he was laughing.
The standard vignette:
I’m 17 and driving my own car.Amazing.I
drive up to my friend's house.Mr. L comes charging out the front door, all focus and
determination.He’s going to save
me from my ignorant automotive self.I’m ordered to pop the hood that he then promptly opens.The lecture begins.OMG – the fluids are low!Have I seen how dirty the air filter
is?!! My tires need more air. It’s a cross between a
lecture and a tirade.But a
tirade thick with love and one that made me laugh endlessly.Even as a teenager I could feel the
love.The car inspection from Mr.
L every, absolutely every, time I pulled up to my friend’s house.
It’ a memory of love and laughter that I now cherish.
Thank you Mr. L for being there for me and for all the
laughter that I so much needed.
Laughter Yoga and I were born on the same date – March 13th!!! It’s a synchronicity I love.
Dr. Kataria gathered five brave people who were willing to
try something new and different: laughing every morning for 20 minutes in an outdoor park.
In the beginning they used jokes, each member
taking turns getting in the middle of a circle and telling as many jokes as
they knew that day.It worked out
fine for about a week and then started to crumble; as their jokes devolved into
raunchy and rude renditions of humor.People started to complain and Dr. Kataria knew he had to abandon the
use of jokes altogether.The next
inspiration came to him at 4:00 a.m. – unconditional laughter.“Why do we need a reason to
laugh?”Thus Laughter Yoga was
My story is a bit more complex but I did emerge on March 13th
also, a few years prior to Laughter Yoga (ha-ha).They say I never stopped smiling.So there you go…
Founding Five/Laughter Yoga International
Theories abound.Mine is:women (in general)
can access their feelings faster.Men (in general) take a bit of space before they’ve arrived at their
emotions.(No disrespect intended,
just an obvious observation)And
laughter is a LARGE emotion.
In Laughter Yoga we access our laughter at a rapid fire
pace.I demo a laughter
exercise.The knee slapper for
example.Jump starting most
participants.Then count to
three.Boom!Laugh!It’s shocking at first for some.Total delight for most.But it’s immediate.No hesitation.And women
are simply better at this.
But practice makes perfect.After a bit of warm-up, most everyone is laughing at the
count of three.It’s like any
class – it’s a learning process.Learning to laugh for no reason.Learning to access our laughing place at the drop of a 1 – 2 – 3.
I am a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and affiliate of Laughter Yoga International as well as a Certified Laughter Leader and affiliate of World Laughter Tour. I have been bringing laughter into the world since the day I was born and have been leading programs in Laughter Yoga in the Pacific Northwest since October 2001. I created this blog to share my thoughts and experiences on the healing power of laughter. Visit my website at www.onethousandlaughs.com