Sunday, August 1

Laughing our Way to Heaven

Lately, I've been settled in the Christian tradition in the prayers that I have curated. Today, I would like to make a switch to something I'm not sure we would even call prayer. Let's just say it is a spiritual practice. Laughter Yoga.

Laughter Yoga is a new form of exercise akin to internal jogging that promotes the use of laughter as a form of physical exercise.  It was created in India in the mid-1990s.  (

Well, it says it is an exercise, but I think it is a spiritual practice. Or it could be. Perhaps it begs the question, what is a spiritual practice? I would say that a spiritual practice is anything you do that gets you outside of being centered on yourself. So prayer, study, even play and laughter! How can you possibly be self-centered when you are laughing?

Jamal Rahman told me that laughter yoga was developed by a doctor in India who knew the health benefits of laughter ( He used to tell his patients jokes and they would all laugh together. Then, the unthinkable happened. He ran out of jokes. And so he developed laughter yoga.

So today, I invite you to try it out! Take a moment and laugh. These are the easiest exercises you will ever do!


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