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laugh yoga.

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the early days of laugh yoga.

 i recently received an email 

from a local group looking for members

(some of you may remember the ventriloquist’s group who tried to recruit me?)

well, this group is into laughter yoga therapy.

all i could think of was the memory

of my mother in assisted living

one of the only verbal (and opinionated)

people in her group.

one day when i was visiting

a therapist came in 

telling them they were going to try a new thing:

laugh yoga therapy

she rolled her eyes but went along 

once it was finished they asked her what she thought of it

her response: 

“that was the stupidest thing i’ve ever done.”

i’m not sure it had quite the effect on her that they’d hoped for

but her comment gave more than one of us a very good laugh.

the invite:

Metro-Detroit Laughter Therapy Club

The Concept of Laughter Yoga is based on the scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter~ Everyone wants health and happiness in their lives. But instead they are getting stressed out , depressed, getting less sleep, more negative thoughts and feeling isolated. Does this sound like you? Are you someone who wants to move on and bring more laughter and joy into…

“if people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.”

-ludwig wittgenstein 

 

 

image credit: wnyc

laugh.

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met up with my bookclub

for a late holiday brunch

in one of my favorite places

with

some of my favorite people

lots of bad gifts

beautiful food

morning drinks

strong coffee

live jazz

a pinata 

and 

a full morning of laughter.

 a couple of people even read the book.

“laughter is an instant vacation.”

-milton berle

laughter is the sun.

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as the snowfall arrives

there is a soft quiet

a world of white outside

while inside

 the cottage is filled with color 

 the center of the snow globe

 i’m clearly drawn to whimsical animal art

and yes,

that is the wing of a  peacock kite you see in the upper left corner.

“laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”

-victor hugo

tangles.

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(not my sister but you get the idea)

my sister, p.

recently shared the following story

about her hair misadventure

and as sympathetic as i was

i could not stop laughing. 

and could totally identify. 

must have been nervous laughter

and gratitude that it wasn’t me. 

p. had gone to have her hair cut and styled

the very adept stylist easily cut it and blew it dry

with just a round brush

and

it emerged

into a full and lovely natural style. 

the next day

my sister decided that she could certainly do the same

so she armed herself with a blow dryer and big round brush

and had at it. 

only –

the brush got stuck

very stuck

absolutely stuck

tangled in both directions

and it was immovable. 

it was so bad

that she thought her only option

would be to cut it out

so she called the salon

explained the situation 

 they told her to come in for help

she drove through her small town

with the big round brush

still stuck on the side of her head 

parked her car

walked down the sidewalk

past the local businesses and people on the street

with it still stuck on the side of her head

and into the salon once more.

not surprisingly

they guessed her identity the moment she walked in

the salon was very busy

but not so busy that the staff and their customers

did not have time to guffaw and laugh out loud

unable to restrain themselves

people tried not to make eye contact

they walked her through the salon to the very back

where the staff took turns working on it

in between clients

until it eventually

was worked off of her head

one hair at a time. 

i totally get this. 

“so many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter.”

-gordon w. allport

image credit: google images

have a ball.

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i love her final gesture

and it made me give pause –

if i were to go today

i would leave behind the following things for others to enjoy:

$7.oo, a sock monkey, photographs, glitter, collage projects, letters and books.

i hope there is no fighting over the monkey.


“laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.”

-oscar wilde

credits: getty images, mental floss

refreshed.

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waking up in the irish hills looking out on the frozen lake 

after a night spent bringing in the new year with special people.

“in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter,

for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”

-khalil gibran

laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. – vctor hugo

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mzungovolunteers.org

wok racing. 

one way for non-skiers

to enjoy winter sports.

reddit.com

in germany

each march

a mix of

b-list celebrities

olympians

and

3 million tv viewers

share in this great event.

zazzle.com

racers

sit in woks

strap ladles

to their feet

and

speed 

downhill

at speeds of

more than

60 mph.

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in 2014 

members of 

the jamaican bobsled team

took first prize.

credits: mzungovolunteers.org, reddit.com, mental floss, zazzle.com

what I love most about this crazy life is the adventure of it. – juliette binoche

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spent the afternoon at

 the rogers centre

in canada

where the

baseball opened with

the official roof report –

‘the roof is open’

 the game began

and we

watched our detroit tigers

get mowed over

by the toronto blue jays

such a game (15-1)

where

our outfielder even

lost track of

how many outs there were

and forgot to throw the ball back

toronto fans threw out hats

when their player hit 3 home runs

all in the same game

and

hockey and baseball

blurred lines

in the old hockey tradition

of the hat trick

then

every opposing starter

got at least on base

giving us the chance

to see their entire roster

all in one game

but the staff and the local fans

were very friendly

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except for the guy

who impounded

our piñata head mascot

kind of a chicken

who was meant to be a tiger

(a chi-ger)

upon entering the stadium

lest i possibly wear it

and conceal my identity

but we decided to shake it all off

and

embrace the huge loss of this game

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by enjoying the town

with fans from both sides

and

our pinata

came right along with us

as we met

a rickshaw driver

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a man with a chicken hat

( a kindred spirit who grew up in my hometown)

a street singer with a bag on his head

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a sweaty spiderman

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 and a band

playing american and canadian covers

so we danced a lot

and passed the piñata on to the band

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but upon returning to our hotel

i couldn’t exactly remember

my hotel room number

except for the last two digits

which caused a bit of a logistical issue

so i visited a few floors

on the elevator that only moved

in response to an electronic key swipe

(who knew?)

saw a lot of our beautiful hotel

made friends with the front desk

who made a few phone calls

to my fellow travelers

who mostly had their phones shut off

in this

faraway and friendly foreign land

and

finally got back into my room

where i soon after

got locked in the glass shower

for a while

then

relaxed and drifted off to sleep

in my pillowy bed

until there was

a 3am fire alarm (false)

but it was one great day

leading into the next

and

there certainly was a lot of laughter

i’d say there were

at least

3 major bouts of laughter

all in the same day.

and

that’s a hat trick.

‘that’s the beauty of sport.

sometimes you laugh,

sometimes you cry.’

– joseph gradual