When we laugh, we move into the present moment.
Many people might be surprised to think of laughter as a form of meditation. Yet not only is laughing meditation one of the simplest forms of meditation, but it is also compelling. The physical act of laughing is one of the few actions involving the body, emotions, and soul. When we laugh, we give ourselves over to the immediacy of the present moment; we momentarily transcend minor physical and mental stresses. Practicing laughing meditation can lead us to joy and simplicity.
Join me here in a laughing meditation.
Stretch your body like a cat and breathe deeply. Your stretch should start at the hands and feet before you move through the rest of your body. Stretch out the muscles in your face by yawning, stretching your neck, and making silly faces.
The meditation is pure laughter. Imagine a humorous situation, remember funny jokes, or think about how odd it is to laugh alone. When the giggles start to rise, let them. Let the laughter ripple through your belly and down into the soles of your feet. Let the laughter lead to physical movement. Roll on the floor if you must, and keep laughing until you stop.
The final stage of meditation is one of silence. Sit with your eyes closed and focus on your breath. Feel places in your body where the laughter has settled or muscles have worked. Be one with yourself.
The laughter meditation brings many positive benefits, both physical and mental. It is a playful way to express energy and connect deeper with yourself. You give yourself the gift of the present moment.