It's an old story, but it crossed my mind again this morning:
I once had a Zen chum who went to India to stay at an ashram run by Sri Rajneesh in Puna. This was the same Rajneesh who would later get his ass in a crack by living a high and manipulative style in Antelope, Oregon. But at the time, he was gathering up his fame and Marsha went to his ashram.
I got several notes from her while she was there and one of them came together with a packet of exercises used in the ashram. And one of them struck my fancy:
After waking up in the morning, lie in bed for five minutes and ... laugh.
I tried it. It wasn't easy to get started. Lying there all by myself, I couldn't think of anything funny to tickle my brain with. So I just faked it ... expelling very contrived heh-heh-heh's as I lay in bed. And pretty soon the utter falseness of my effort really did make me laugh. And then the laughing seemed to take on a life of its own. It was utterly ludicrous and delicious ... just laughing ... laughter feeding on laughter feeding on laughter.
The closest comparison I can think of is the old game in which friends lie in a circle, each one with his or her head on the belly of the nearest person. Someone starts laughing. His or her belly bounces and thus bounces the head on that belly ... which leads the body connected to that head to similarly laugh. And a circle-jerk of laughter erupts.
Only the exercise Marsha sent did not include anyone else. It was a solo activity. But, strangely, the effect was precisely the same as it might have been among friends: Towering laughter. I think the only reason I stopped was because I had to take an equally towering leak.
Qbrick -- Link doesn't work for me.ReplyDelete
How's this: http://tinyurl.com/6c59dt2ReplyDelete
Maybe it's just my machine, but I still can't get it.ReplyDelete
Yes sometimes its difficult to find anything to laugh at ...then I remember the You Tube Video of Billy Connolly describing his preparation for a colonoscopy! I can recommend this without prejudice as I laugh my way into preparation for own colonoscopy procedure in few weeks.ReplyDelete
Great stuff, Tullik ... and close enough to being true to be true. Luckily, the procedure itself includes a liberal dose of mind-emptying drugs.ReplyDelete
There are now Laugh-Yoga instructors, what that entails I'm note sure, as for the Billy Connolly video...really funny...ReplyDelete
Laughter yoga ... is that the one where you become so flexible that you can actually see your ass smiling back at you?ReplyDelete
No Gen you can't see it smile but you can here it laughing with you , AnitaReplyDelete
No it's when I ask my 12 year old daughter if she wants to go to a Yoga class with her me, and she replies , "No, I don't want to see a downward facing moron"ReplyDelete