“In laughter yoga, we don’t laugh because we are happy, we are happy because we laugh.” – Dr. Madan Kataria
This weekend, I had the opportunity to enjoy a conversation with an amazing cardiac surgeon in my hometown. This isn’t just any doctor though. This doctor is special because he believes in the power of alternative, natural methods of healing, most specifically: laughter.
The physician I speak of, is an incredibly wise man, nearing retirement and still works full time while maintaining a regular schedule of laughter yoga sessions and dressing up as a clown to entertain children.
His advice? When you are down, or upset about something, this life is too short to be sad for long. Look at yourself in the mirror and start laughing. What makes him believe it works? His own experience.
“If you’re lost and alone, or you’re sinking like a stone. Carry on. May your past be the sound, of your feet upon the ground. Carry on.”
Direction helps us wake up every day. If you have a direction, it’s much easier to take the first step.
Life throws us twists, turns, and speed bumps all along the journey. These waves of challenge offer us the opportunity to roll with the punches and show our true strength. They also often create trying times with tears and heartbreak.
Up and down, in and out,
moving with such force,
they ripple through time.
Visitors stare off, gazes suspended,
enjoying the turbulence from afar;
others run, jump, and play within.
The colors dark blue,
fade lighter as they reach the shore,
bouts of white surface, reaching the end.
Swoosh, one moment,
then silence the next:
nature’s patterns unscripted.
Get too far in, you’ll find the waves massive,
but take a step back,
they won’t look so bad.
The roots on a tree
grow deep and stretch far,
reaching out for support
forming who they are.
A saguaro cactus
towering over the back wall:
It’s roots near the surface
extending long as they are tall. Continue reading
“Heroes don’t look like they used to. They look like you do.”
– The Alternate Routes
I have too many heroes in my life to begin to even try and pick one.
I think we should all have a goal: to be own our hero. Be the person you look up to and strive to be!
The Type of Hero I want to be.
“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”
– Mary Pickford
I love smoothies. I love mason jars. And I love the sun. Together, these made my weekend something special. I’m busily finishing my semester and heading toward graduation in a month and then moving to begin grad school. It’s very easy for me to get caught up in it all and begin feeling sad or stressed. But every day is a new day, and we are given that chance to have a fresh start. If you find yourself stressed or upset, try taking a day for yourself, to relax and reset. Perhaps wake up and start your day at the gym to get those endorphins pumping. And make yourself a mason jar, guilt-free smoothie to cool off. Continue reading