Experts say, “Laughter is medicine!
In 1964, Norman Cousins was given a few months to live. He had a rare disease of the connective tissues. He was told by a doctor he had a 1 in 500 chance of survival. He was told to ‘get his affairs in order.’ But Cousins would have none of it. A journalist, he was used to research and set himself to find a solution. He did something that was unheard of.
He fired his doctor and left the hospital to check into a hotel. He found a doctor who would work with him as a team member as opposed to insisting on being in charge. He then obtained a movie projector, no small feat in those days, and a pile of funny movies including the Marx Brothers and ‘Candid Camera’ shows. He spent a great deal of time watching these films and laughing. And he didn’t just laugh. In spite of being in a lot of constant pain, he made a point of laughing until his stomach hurt from it.
Did it work? Research results indicate that after exposure to humor there is a general increase in activity within the immune system. You should know that Cousins survived 26 years after his doctors first diagnosed his disease!
Norman Cousins chose to heal himself through laughter. Top researchers have proven that laughter releases restorative endorphins into the body, which have tremendous healing and therapeutic benefits!
So whether you need tremendous healing or you want to feel greater wellness and aliveness, you will benefit from this next tool:
The laughter exercise we will guide you through has been adapted from “The Truth of Life Movement Center” by Mary Manin Morrissey.
It is said, “You can be happy and laugh OR … you can laugh and BE HAPPY”. YOU CAN CHOOSE TO EXPERIENCE LIFE FROM THE INSIDE OUT!
I teach a process to infuse the body with restorative, healing, therapeutic endorphins every day! I’m going to share it with you here:
If you have a window nearby – turn to face the window if possible.
Place your hands in a Prayer-like Position. Repeat these words with deep conviction and feeling: “SPIRIT OF JOY, ALWAYS PRESENT, EVER INDWELLING ME, I CALL YOU FORTH NOW!”
Say this prayer three times with increasing conviction.
Next: Take your hands and place them over you navel. Prepare yourself to rock forward and backward with a strong sound issuing from the depth of your belly. This laugh is not “Hee Hee Hee” or “Ho Ho Ho”; it is a big “HA HA HA HA HA!” The sound AAA comes form the heart center and is very powerful when vocalized and EMBODIED!
Experts say a feeling tone coming from the heart is 1,000 times more powerful than a positive thought alone!! Rock back and forth for 30 seconds, repeating and increasing our laughter and sending this energy of joy out from your heart center.
As you inhale deeply, breathing in positive energy – you will feel your mind and body synergized.
An excerpt from The Mind Body Synergy System by Jennifer Joy Jimenez