LAUGHING MEDITATION



















Laughing promotes stress relief, increases pain thresholds, boosts cardiac health, improves blood flow, enhances the immune system, improves memory, promotes healing, reduces stress hormones and releases endorphins. It is being researched and actively applied in combination with a range of medical treatments.


The scientifically proven effects from regular meditation practice include all the abovementioned health benefits and more. So, combined with laughter, we find a very entertaining and powerful meditation technique.


Try it today! Here is the procedure:


THE MANTRA: The mantra in this technique is simply your most natural laugh. As you begin the exercise, the laugh will likely be fake. But as you progress, and as the absurdity of what you are doing begins to register, genuine laughing will emerge. The type of laugh need not be consistent during the meditation session. However, most often, as the session progresses, the laugh’s pitch and length will converge.


  1.  SETTING: Find a place in which you will neither be heard nor disturbed. Switch to silent any electronic or communication device.
  2.  ALARM: Set an alarm to ring in 20 minutes.
  3.  POSITION: Sit comfortably with your feet flat on the floor, your hands resting on your thighs, and your eyes closed.
  4.  BREATHING: Take a deep breath, hold it for ten seconds, and then breathe out. Repeat this step three times.
  5.  REPEAT THE MANTRA: Now, slowly begin laughing out loud. The pace should be calm and slow. Allow a space of about three seconds between each repetition; however, do not count the seconds nor focus on the time—instead, gradually let yourself enter into a natural rhythm.
  6.  THE PAUSES: The time between each repetition will vary with practice. It will vary during the session itself—longer intervals as the session progresses and the state of mind deepens. And it will generally differ across practitioners. The three seconds indicated above is to provide an initial guide for the beginner.
  7.  LET GO. When thoughts intrude (and they will), just let go. When they come back, let go again and again—without reacting, and without analysing the reason behind the thoughts’ reoccurrence. Just let go and continue repeating the mantra—that is, continue laughing.



Rod Bremer is the author of The Manual: A Guide to the Ultimate Study Method (Second Edition), ISBN 978-0993496424. The Manual is the definitive guide to Enhanced Concentration, Super Memory, Speed Reading, Optimal Note-Taking, Rapid Mental Arithmetic, and the Ultimate Study Method (USM). The techniques presented are the culmination of decades of practical experience combined with the latest scientific research and time-tested practices.
















(For more about The Manual, see here.)



References

Bains, Gurinder Singh, Lee S. Berk, Noha Daher, Everett Lohman, Ernie Schwab, Jerrold Petrofsky, and Pooja Deshpande. n.d. “The effect of humor on short-term memory in older adults: A new component for whole-person wellness.” Advances in mind-body medicine 28 (2): 16-24.

Dunbar, R. I. M., Rebecca Baron, Anna Frangou, Eiluned Pearce, Edwin J. C. van Leeuwen, Julie Stow, Giselle Partridge, Ian MacDonald, Vincent Barra, and Mark van Vugt. 2011. “Social laughter is correlated with an elevated pain threshold.” Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences.

Farifteh, Shadi, Alireza Mohammadi-Aria, Alireza Kiamanesh, and Bahram Mofid. 2014. “The Impact of Laughter Yoga on the Stress of Cancer Patients before Chemotherapy.” Iranian journal of cancer prevention 7 (4): 179.

MacDonald, Catherine M. 2004. “A chuckle a day keeps the doctor away: Therapeutic humor & laughter.” Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services 42 (3): 18-25.

Mora-Ripoll, Ramon. 2011. “Potential health benefits of simulated laughter: a narrative review of the literature and recommendations for future research.” Complementary Therapies in Medicine 19 (3): 170-177.

Strean, William B. 2009. “Laughter prescription.” Canadian Family Physician 55 (10): 965-967.


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