Laughter Really is the Best Medicine

Today I’m re-posting my latest you tube clip in honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 84th Birthday. I did post it on his 81st Birthday and would you believe it’s been going around all that time? As many will know I qualified as a Laughter Yoga Leader in 2014 and have been running sessions up and down the country. So what is Laughter Yoga? Well it was born in India Mumbai back in 1995 by a medical doctor Madan Kataria. Dr Kataria wanted to look at the connection between joyfulness & good health. After a lot of research and practical work he came up with Laughter Yoga Clubs. I’m not going to talk too much about Dr Kataria’s work but you can find out more on the link below http://laughteryogasalonnyc.com/drkataria.html For now enjoy my video, join in have a good laugh and celebrate life!

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Rinpoche’s Take on Death & Why it’s Feared So Much in the West.

Yesterday evening I had the great honour & privilege of having Geshe Lama Ahbay Tulku Rinpoche visit my home for the 3rd year running. With a small gathering of spiritually minded people, we ate together, laughed together (what an infectious laugh he has) and shared some great philosophical discussion.

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After supper we all moved to my healing & meditation room for Q & A about Buddhism & life in general before taking part in the dedication prayer.
One of the questions raised during our discussion was this…… Why do you think Westerners have a deep rooted fear of death?

Rinpoche’s response;
Maybe it’s because in the West, the main focus is on materialism. The media is all about materialism, as are the newspapers & Internet. It’s all about products that make you feel and look good giving you the false hope of regaining youthfulness. We know the hope is false because from the moment we’re born, we are physically moving towards eventual death. That’s the cycle of life really – no escaping it. Then when illness & sickness comes it’s a terrible shock because we thought we were invincible. Death is something we Westerners choose not to talk about because it’s considered morbid & dark, but we all want a comfortable death surely? But, if we’re ever going to prepare for the inevitable event of death properly we must discuss it in life.

Rinpoche’s words gave me some great food for thought and so I’d like to put these 2 questions out to the universe…..

1, What are your thoughts on death?
2, Where are you going after death?

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17 Days In Colour – Pink

Welcome to day 10 of our 17 days in colour. We’ve probably all heard the phrase ‘looking at the world through rose tinted glasses?’ Well, this is often so very true about people who favour our next colour PINK. But who said there was anything wrong with that?

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12931901 – the heart chakra

The colour pink is such a beautiful aura to have around you. Pink is very well known for its healing properties around grief and sadness. It’s particularly powerful for people struggling with the ageing process, or women going through the menopause. If you fall into one of these categories, or if you’re struggling with the idea of ageing then pink is the perfect colour for you to have around or to wear. Pink is very powerful in bringing about a feeling of vitality & youthfulness, and balancing emotions and feelings. Although the colour is different, pink is actually associated with the heart Chakra because of its influence on the emotions.
The magickal benefits of pink, are its amazing ability to create softness and tenderness, romance, caring, nurturing, for children, youth, peace, friendship, femininity, emotional love, emotional healing. If pink is your colour, you’re most definitely a dreamer but only of achievable things.
You become deeply affected by the injustices of the world, and can’t understand how people don’t seem to be able to care for each other. Being of such a gentle nature, means these things affect you emotionally mentally and spiritually. If pink is your favourite colour, it’s absolutely imperative that you take the time for quiet meditation or relaxation because you really do get affected by your environment. In fact, it’s fair to say that pink people are the strongest of empaths in the world. You pick up other peoples energies either positive or negative almost like a magnet so it’s important you keep yourself cleansed at all times.

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In The Stillness of Snow

The stillness of snow, oh how the mind falls silent, calm and peaceful.

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A while ago I wrote about life on the 17th floor, the sunsets like an air bound fire, the fear through the eyes of others & so many shades of green – even the greatest of artists would be envious. ¬†Many a physician will die of old age before finding a more powerful sedative – a more potent relaxant. Looking out onto blankets of white, any signs of anger, stress, depression pale into insignificance even if it’s only slightly. ¬†Tomorrow maybe the joy will return fully with a multitude of colours visible from the 17th Floor.

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