How to Survive the Valentine’s Day Illusion. Laughter, the Newsletter Feb 9, 2014

 

This Valentine’s Day, come and celebrate love with a special Valentine’s Day Laughter Yoga session. This will be our first session in a new location at The Heart of the Village Yoga Studio at 2186 Oak Bay Avenue. (Second floor right next to Ivy’s Bookstore.)

 

7-8pm Friday February 14th.

 

We will be focusing on Valentine’s laughter exercises and on celebrating the love inside all of us. Whether you are “in relationship” or not, makes no difference. We will acknowledge the love in

 

How to Survive the Valentine’s Day Illusion.

 

It’s all smoke and mirrors. Valentine’s Day, I mean.

 

All the advertising and hype is about finding love and happiness because you have another person in your life.

 

The truth? The love we seek is inside us…not in another person. Or from another person…no matter how wonderful they may be.

 

Don’t get me wrong. I love romance. I love loving another person and being loved by them.

 

It’s just that I no longer expect my happiness to come from a romantic relationship.

 

I can choose to be happy. And I can do so from the recognition that love is inside me. it doesn’t come from anyone or anything outside of me.

 

In fact, the 50% (or so) divorce rate may well because so many of us expect another to make us happy and for love to flow from another.

 

Perhaps this illusion causes couples to buy into another illusion: that a relationship is a 50/50 proposition. Each partner should be carrying 50% of their weight in loving, in chores and so on.

 

I suggest that relationship success comes from both partners accepting a 100%/100% model.

 

In other words, my job in any relationship is just to find a way to be loving all the time. To become love, to radiate love to any and all in my environment, without expectation of return.

 

My job is to continually open my heart, to continue to learn how to give a loving response to all and in any situation.

 

Is it hard work? Is it a tall order? Yes.

 

It is impossible? Perhaps. I paraphrase a saying: The hard we can do quickly. The impossible will take a little longer.

 

Look at the alternative. Believing that love is outside of us leads to heartbreak whenever there is a split in a relationship and eventually when our beloved passes.

 

Choosing to be love and live in love and extend love in any and all situations frees us from the slavery of “the romantic ideal.”

 

Then, we can choose to live in bliss, in joy and in happiness, despite what is going on outside us.

 

Then, when two people come together they really do produce something wonderful and more than the sum of its parts.

 

This Valentine’s Day, come and celebrate love with a special Valentine’s Day Laughter Yoga session. This will be our first session in a new location at The Heart of the Village Yoga Studio at 2186 Oak Bay Avenue. (Second floor right next to Ivy’s Bookstore.)

 

7-8pm Friday February 14th.

 

We will be focusing on Valentine’s laughter exercises and on celebrating the love inside all of us. Whether you are “in relationship” or not, makes no difference. We will acknowledge the love in typical Laughter Yoga way, with fun and childlike playfulness.

 

Come join us.

 

 

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About Victoria Laughter Yoga Club

Victoria Laughter Yoga Club is affiliated with Dr. Madan Kataria's School of Laughter Yoga. We laugh: Just ‘cause: ☺It feels good ☺Fights cancer* ☺Conquers stress ☺Improves circulation ☺Smooths out wrinkles ☺Is efficient exercise** ☺Slows the aging process ☺Boosts immunity(fight colds) ☺Oxygen to brain=clear thinking * Dr. Otto Warburg, President, Institute of Cell Physiology, Nobel Prize Winner (twice) says: “Deep breathing techniques increase oxygen to the cells and are the most important factors in living a disease-free and energetic life. When cells get enough oxygen, cancer will not and cannot occur.” (My bolding) **Dr. W. Fry states that 10 minutes of hearty laughter is equal to 30 minutes or rowing or jogging.(Journal of General Psychology, 1938) Laughter Yoga goes beyond just laughter. Founder Dr. Madan Kataria has developed techniques to stimulate childlike playfulness, to adjust the aerobic and stretching component, and to promote emotional flow and release. Laughter Yoga can improve your physical health, release negative thoughts and emotions and get in touch with your spiritual nature. It helps us to develop an attitude of forgiveness, generosity, compassion and helpfulness while actively seeking the happiness of others. Combined, these principles can provide a powerful life-changing experience that we call the inner spirit of laughter. Laughter Yoga Clubs are non-political, non-religious, non-profit. There are a number of clubs in the Victoria area. Email for more info and current schedule:
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