Your Most Important Job is to Feel Good…No Matter What
Here is Why and How
(Laughter Yoga tonight to “Plug In” to Feeling Good. 6.45 at Ingredients Health Store 2031 Store Street, down from Capital Iron)
From birth to about 6 years of age, our brain waves are predominantly slow waves. These are called Delta and Theta waves (Lipton 2008).
These slow waves are associated with hypnosis, a trance like state, with profound creativity and with sleep and dreaming (Fehmi & Robbins 2010, Wise 2002). *
Children Are Highly Impressionable
This is why, for young children, the line between reality and fantasy is blurred. Who has heard the thought that young children are highly impressionable? This is the reason.
What we learn in this phase of life continues to affect us as adults.
Traumatic life experiences at that age can be experienced as threats to survival. One example would be if mommy is angry and daddy is a raging alcoholic.
At this stage, the child is not able to tell that mommy and daddy are not going to kill him or her!
The body’s elegant survival system is kicked into high gear and the child hides from what it perceives as a life threatening situation. The fight or flight stress hormones run rampant.
Threats in Childhood are Remembered as Adults
That memory gets encoded in what is called the limbic system, otherwise known as the reptilian brain.
Now that person is an adult. When a boss or a spouse is yelling, the same fight or flight survival mechanism kicks in. “Ah hah, this sounds like mommy yelling, I better hide.”
This is all Unconscious
It is important to note and underline, this is all happening BELOW THE CONSCIOUS LEVEL. It makes no difference if we know all about it logically and in the rational mind. Our system’s first job is survival, to keep us safe. This is instinctual and operating below the conscious level.
In a real life threatening event, there is often no time to think things through. We have to survive and instincts kick in.
Causes us Misery in Adult Life
These survival mechanisms, which were critical to survival on the savannah 100,000 years ago, can cause great misery and grief to us today.
Solution: Find ways to feel good…no matter what.
Because when we feel good, the endorphins run the show.
Endorphins Crowd out Stress Hormones
The stress hormones CANNOT COEXIST IN THE BODY WITH THE FEEL GOOD HORMONES!
Feeling Good May be the Solution to Many of Our Life Challenges
Easier said than done, of course. But here are some ways.
Laughter, Smiling, Breathing and Posture (LSBP).
Laughter: When we laugh for at least 10-15 minutes, that process releases the endorphins. It does take that long. Laughing at a joke for 3-5 seconds doesn’t do it. That is why Laughter Yoga is so popular.
Smiling: When we smile, we feel good and, in that moment, endorphins run the show and we are relieved from the stress hormones.
Breathing: Deep and slow breathing does the same. Three deep breaths slow things down and we feel better.
Posture: Posture is an often overlooked technique and can fill a textbook. In fact, it does. Esther Gokhale spent a decade and a half studying societies where a natural posture was the norm and wrote a book on how we can regain our natural energy flow by emulating them. 8 STEPS TO A PAIN FREE BACK.
To explore these solutions, May I not-so-humbly suggest my book THE ZEN OF JOY, HOW TO REWIRE YOUR BRAIN FOR HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS.
This manual is designed to produce results in only minutes a day.
We are all leading busy lives. It is easy to put off even important things.
THE ZEN OF JOY is unique: you only need a few minutes a day to get results.
There are some free resources on my website as well. Check it out: http://zenofjoy.com/
Laughter Yoga tonight to “Plug In” to Feeling Good. 6.45 at Ingredients Health Store 2031 Store Street, down from Capital Iron
Love, Laughter and Smiles,
*Source: THE EFT MANUAL, Dawson Church.
Find the Victoria Laughter Yoga club closest to you: https://victorialaughteryogaclub.wordpress.com/laughter-schedule/
Bits of Joy List (not bad) http://ow.ly/OrDxf
JUST FOR FUN
The Laughing Song
This is a song I wrote during a Laughter Yoga Teacher training. It invites participants to laugh in different voices and can prompt creative thinking, rhyming, silliness, and laughter!
Laughter has many benefits, including socializing, boosting energy, releasing ‘feel-good’ hormones, increasing breath support and oxygen, and lowering social blocks & phobias. Hurray!
All for now,
Love, Laughter and Smiles
Matti Anttila, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher,
Author of The Zen of Joy http://zenofjoy.com/
Victoria Laughter Yoga Clubs https://victorialaughteryogaclub.wordpress.com/
Laughter Yoga is the unique concept that we can laugh for no reason at all.
* Laughing is FUN
* We start out with laughter exercises
> That sends feel good hormones to the brain.
* We intersperse with yoga type deep breathing
> That sends more oxygen to the brain and body
* We add child-like playfulness
> That opens up our creativity and intuition
* We do “Laughter Meditation”
> Unlike any other meditation, way fun
* We finish with some relaxation routines.
* Sessions are led by a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader.
> Non-profit, non-religious, non-political.
* Free or by donation
> Don’t let money hold you back
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Free video: http://joyenergyandhealth.com/
You will see it on the right side of the page as the “Authentic Joy” video.