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. (http://www.laughteronlineuniversity.com/laughter-yoga/)
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 (https://www.gaiam.com/blogs/discover/7-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!