The humor in life is all around us, waiting for us to “get the joke.”
I also cherish and value the simple and sweet in life and strive to help make things that way for others as well. I love the innocence, purity, and rawness of things, as well as can’t help but believe. Likely I would be called corny, a little kid, naive, or idealistic, and to these I say, “If you wanted to say something insulting you may want to try again.” ;)
Both books were interestingly, and synchronously, sent to me in the mail as beautiful and unexpected gifts from one person I met only once, but distantly knew through someone else, and another whom I’ve never met in person, and know only online. In each case, both very dear and both “knew” me very well, nonetheless, in light of what they were guided to send. They also tapped into two very poignant animal symbolisms in my life: the rabbit and the butterfly.
They soon became cherished stories that remain in my heart, as do the people remain a part of me (although one I don’t have any contact with anymore).
The first is “Ramar, The Rabbit with Rainbow Wings” by Darrell T. Hare holds a resonance with my dear Nestor (because I see her as the rabbit with rainbow wings and much more!) and shares a simply expressed, beautiful and powerful message. Being a child at heart, simplicity, as I shared, is always of most resonance to me and this book is so sweet in that way.
Here is a book review of it, in case you feel called to it one day:
Every generation or so a story comes along, one of such enduring resonance and poignancy that it transcends time and space–Ramar is just such a story. It is a tale of soaring spiritual power–sometimes magical, sometimes profound–and always, at its heart, a celebration of life and the limitless potential of the human spirit. — The unforgettable story of a rabbit with a beautiful soul and a pair of rainbow wings.
The second is “Hope for the Flowers” by Trina Paulus. It shares a touching story of change, and supports the process of evolutionary transformation, facing fears and the unknown, death, mourning, disillusionment, and finally discovering the heart of hearts – who you really are when you dare to risk to find out. It offers support with courage, explorations, and change in all areas of life.
Both perfect for the child within and at heart, as well as the child in your life.
Today, I felt a surge of lightness around me in both love, support, and flowing laughter…the kind that comes when you realize the miracle of life and of you. This carried me through several heavy things today that could have gone another way, but I changed the course of the experiences in embracing the nectar of life and seeing it through the eyes of a cosmic-hearted, earth-bound child. LOL!
Make a promise to yourself today to take yourself and things less seriously, laugh, love and have fun a little bit more, simplify your life, and try not to over-analyze and think your brain to death like those cartoon characters whose heads explode with over-use! Laughter and flow are some of the main ingredients of good health and longevity.
Life is sweet and so are you.
I honor, love and recognize the rainbow-winged rabbit and butterfly in each of you!
Laughter IS Definitely the BEST Medicine – Become a Professional Laugher & Ignite that Fire in Your Belly!
Today was definitely one of those days when my personal humor came in handy, not to mention a small piece of cacao! :) A lot of crazy and spontaneous things keep happening these days with the swirling energies abound and they can be both wonderful and seem chaotic all at once. Woah horsies!
I always remind myself of one of my favorite personal mottos, “peace within chaos,” then I get a hold of myself, try to center my thoughts and feelings, so I can better move forward with clarity and focus and let nothing interfere. That’s usually about the time that silliness takes a hold of me and I crack an irresistible smile on my face and burst out in a good laugh at myself or at anything ridiculous around me. Afterall, we DO choose the way we experience things. In that moment I have the ability to alter my experience. And if at first I don’t succeed, I regroup and try again and find the humor in it along the way.
This is something I’ve learned to do much quicker, efficiently, and more naturally as of late. Everything takes practice, but right now everything is possible to be experienced instantly.
As always my ability to laugh at myself, to laugh easily, and to amuse and entertain myself are gifts I’m grateful to have and go hand-in-hand with my child-like nature. People would find spending a day as a faery or elf on my shoulder, quite entertaining. weeeeeeeeeeeeee LOL!
Laughter is something I grew up with in abundance. Having a very close knit family, my brother, dad, mom, and I would laugh for hours some times and so hysterically and fully that when our laughing fits hit out in public, we would actually get people come over to our table, if at dinner, and thank us for bringing joy to them. They would share how nice it was to see people truly being happy and not afraid to share it, and they couldn’t help but to start laughing themselves, even without being in on the joke.
To this day, we continue to laugh like little kids, joke and play. It’s one of the things I am grateful for in my family. We all just have never taken to heart the statement, “grow up!” Isn’t it more like, “grow out!” as in letting out your energy as big as it can be so it overflows in joyful, vulnerable, and uncontainable bursts of contagious energy? Well, at least that’s how I see it.
Laughter is definitely infectious and so healthy for over-all well-being – heart, body, and soul. Plus, it keeps you human and sane! LOL!
But seriously, the vulnerability of opening yourself to a good hearty, deep solar plexus laugh that shakes your tummy like a bowl full of jelly – just like Santa! – really has alchemical effects that can create magick in your life.
Here are some great insights from Helpguide.org on the health benefits of humor and laughter, which include boosting your immune system, lowering stress hormones, easing fear, enhancing resiliency, strengthening relationships, attracting others, and more!
Read about it here: Laughter is the Best Medicine
I thought you might find these quotes on laughter to help cultivate more lightness and joy into your life.
Love and Faery giggles to you!! And remember to laugh, just because!
“At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.” ~Jean Houston
“The first half of life is learning to be an adult—the second half is learning to be a child.” ~Pablo Picasso
“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” ~Victor Borge
“With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.” ~Abraham Lincoln
“I have been confronted with many difficulties throughout the course of my life, and my country is going through a critical period. But I laugh often, and my laughter is contagious. When people ask me how I find the strength to laugh now, I reply that I am a professional laugher.” ~The Dalai Lama
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” ~e.e. cummings
“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from a human face.” ~Victor Hugo
“Earth laughs in flowers.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Laugh because that is the purest sound.” ~Hafiz
“In some respects, if I had to choose just one (virtue on the spiritual path), I’d feel safest with a sense of humor. We pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, have a good laugh about human nature, and get on with our journeys.” ~Bo Lozoff
“Sometimes when I am alone in my room in the dark, I practice smiling to myself. I do this to be kind to myself, to take good care of myself, to love myself. I know that if I cannot take care of myself, I cannot take care of anyone else.” ~Thich Nhat Han
“In a few Zen monasteries, every monk has to start his morning with laughter, and has to end his night with laughter — the first thing and the last thing! You try it. . . For no reason! Because there is no reason. Simply, you are again there, still alive — it is a miracle!” ~Osho
“Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods.” ~Japanese proverb
“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” ~Buddha
“If you become silent after your laughter, one day you will hear God also laughing, you will hear the whole existence laughing — trees and stones and stars with you.” ~Osho
“The point is seeing that THIS — the immediate, everyday and present experience — is IT, the entire and ultimate point for the existence of a universe. I believe that if this state of consciousness could become more universal, the pretentious nonsense which passes for the serious business of the world would dissolve in laughter…” ~Alan Watts
“I would not exchange the laughter of my heart for the fortunes of the multitudes; nor would I be content with converting my tears, invited by my agonized self, into calm. It is my fervent hope that my whole life on this earth will ever be tears and laughter. Tears that purify my heart and reveal to me the secret of life and its mystery, Laughter that brings me closer to my fellow men; Tears with which I join the broken-hearted, Laugher that symbolizes joy over my very existence.” ~Kahlil Gibran
“Laugh my friend, for laughter ignites a fire within the pit of your belly and awakens your being.” ~Stella & Blake
“What is this precious love and laughter budding in our hearts? It is the glorious sound of a soul waking up!” ~Hafiz
“Be inwardly ever newly joyous, like the ever-fresh laughing waters of a gurgling brook.” ~Paramahaa Yogananda
“What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.” ~Yiddish Proverb
“When you laugh, aside from the endorphin rush, there’s also a spiritual opening. You’re not so tight inside yourself. That opening I’ve found to be a real gift, in people being able to absorb spirituality.” ~Rabbi Sydney Mintz