Many, many years ago now when I was a Neurosurgical Assistant and Neuroaugmentation Technician in Southern California I was privileged to go to a Conference on Laughter and Play on the Queen Mary docked in Long Beach. We actually spent two entire days learning about all the ways that one can bring laughter and play into daily life moments.
I attended such events as learning to juggle with marshmellows, how to tell jokes, watching comedy in action on the stage and discovering how improv is created from within…..to the other end of the spectrum – a class on laughter in the death and dying process. At one point I remember asking a man sitting next to me at the end of a simply hilarious comedy routine what he was writing about so seriously in his notebook. He proceeded to tell me that he was a comedian and was taking notes on timing, jokes, etc. Wow! A seriously committed comedian.
I remember clearly how shifted I felt after bathing in laughter and play for two solid days. Once I returned to my job at Scripps Clinic in San Diego, back in “real life” so to speak, I was broadsided by the observation of the seriousness of everyone around me! I placed joke books in my exam rooms for patients to bring some lightness into their visit, and found that they disappeared pretty quickly. To this day I hope that it was patients taking off with them to lend some laughter medicine in dealing with a diagnosis of a brain tumor.
My point here is that we do take life way too seriously and our culture seems addicted to drama fed veraciously by our FEARS! The fact that we are amazing and magnificent human beings housed in these beautiful (but very small compared to who we are) bodies seems often to take a back seat to our current fears or feelings of being less than.
Below you will find a video which I encourage you to watch in its entirety. It is an interview with Anita Moorjani who has written the book “Dying To Be Me”. This is not only a story of a woman who discovers she has cancer and comes to death and back again….but a “resurrection” story of sorts as she recommits to a life lived fearlessly, making choices from what brings her joy – and supported from a vast awareness of the magnificent, amazing and loving beings we truly are.
Remember who you are….live that…and watch your life and that of others around you shift and change.