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the spirituality of laughter


So much is going on inside me these days... It's frustrating, it all fights for release at once. And I'm so freaking busy, ugh. Enough of that!

There is a woman at my work who laughs all the time, and I LOVE it! When I hear her laugh, I feel like she just gave me a delightful present, and it ALWAYS makes me smile, no matter how tired or irritated I am, and when I'm feeling good, it makes me laugh too, even though I have no clue why she's laughing. It's just so joyous, and I feel it so deeply! And she's pregnant right now -- every time she laughs I think, what a lucky baby! He's going to come into this world feeling like it's wonderful! Today she came up to me and told me that he was moving around and invited me to put my hand on her belly, so I did -- what a wonderful feeling. And he kicked! She said that I'm the only one he's kicked for. ;-D

I can't see spirits, but I feel very strongly that when people laugh -- a real laugh with joy in it -- their spirit echoes, sending off waves of positivity marked with their own spirit stamp. I think that is what I am feeling when JoAnn laughs. I also think that when people laugh derisively, it sends off waves of negativity -- I find it very hard to laugh at someone else's expense now, because I feel that so strongly.

For that reason, my laugh is sacred to me. Once a boy I knew mocked it, and I hated him for years -- literally hated him. I felt like he had spat upon my spirit. I've forgiven him now, but I think I would still find it very hard to get over if someone did that to me nowadays.

I think it is very true that laughter does the heart good like a medicine -- not only the physical heart, but the spiritual heart as well. Joyful laughter has much more power than we give it credit for, I think.

sounds: the Cranberries: "Do You Know"
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acid_burns ══╣angelina jolie / unconditional love╠══
You should probably receive my card today or tomorrow...
belenen ══╣amused╠══
I got your card! I'm going to post as soon as I get a photo of all the cards uploaded. You are such a cute little smartass. *giggle*
necro_nerdo ══╣╠══
Your posts always make me smile.
:)
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
wow, what a wonderful comment. thank you. ;-)
12thknight ══╣╠══
My birth mother laughed often, and it was a pealing laughter that would fill a church. In the days before GPS or satellite communication, I could always tell where my mother was.

I used to be embarrassed by that. Now, as I'm older, I'm somewhat amazed that she was able to laugh so much through her many hardships. I used to think it was her having a disproportionate sense (Do you realize how BAD things are??) and now, I wonder if it actually was an inner strength, or at the very least, a fortunate blindness, like angels shielded her eyes from the worst things.

This is one of the many, many things I will never know.
belenen ══╣analytical╠══
I think the strongest and bravest people are the ones who can still find joy and beauty in the mix of a sick sad mess.
synisterchyck ══╣╠══
I too am learning to cherish laughter, especially my own.

I realized that I hadn't laughed in a long time when a few weeks ago I was startled by my own laughter.
belenen ══╣gentle╠══
*hugs* My heart goes out to you and your family... I hope you can find some restful joy.
talkingpotato ══╣╠══
When I was a little girl, my mom would yell at me when I laughed saying that it was 'too shrill'..so I didn't laugh much when I was younger because I'd get chastised. I think that's part of the reason why I still don't laugh really often, or when I do, it doesn't sound an awful lot like me.
jedibubbles ══╣╠══
Aw, that sucks. You, then, are hereby commanded to indulge in hearty guffaws (if you feel so inclined) when no one else is around! That way you can rediscover your laugh and come to love it.
belenen ══╣╠══
jedibubbles ══╣╠══
Laughter is my drug. I love it. I love doing it, and I love making other people do it, even if it is at my own expense.

Often I laugh in the wrong place at the wrong time, and as my laugh is distinctive and weird, I get mocked for it alot. But, you know what? I don't care! I'm having fun! (Ex: my sophomore roommate mocked my laugh, so I mocked her hilarious sneeze--and now it's a joke.) And if I can step back and laugh about a situation, then it makes me more confident that I can tackle it successfully.
belenen ══╣bel hearts del╠══
I love that about you. ♥
eternitywaiting ══╣moogle╠══
My family always made fun of my laugh when I was a kid. But it went hand-in-hand with the "you're too loud" chastising, not just by itself. So loving my own laughter went along with learning that I'm a loud person and it's not my nature to stifle that. Now I get so mad if I'm at the mall or something and I'm talking excitedly or laughing and the person I'm with tells me to be quiet. There are places where quiet is necessary, and I understand that, but why should I stifle myself when my loudness isn't offensive? Just because someone else is afraid I'll get stared at, and they'll get stared at by association? Then seriously, I think they should find someone else to go out with.

Too few people are willing to laugh with abandon, or take every opportunity to laugh. I laugh at the drop of a hat, because it makes me happy. People tend to think I'm weird for it, but really, I'm not concerned about giving them another reason to hold that opinion.
belenen ══╣amused╠══
ugh! *slaps your family*

I'd never tell you to be quiet. In fact, if people turned to stare, I'd laugh harder, and maybe cross my eyes at them. ;-)

I happen to believe that 'weird' is a complimentary word. I remember saying 'thank you!' all pleased, completely without thinking -- which baffled the person who told me I was weird. I guess I confirmed that idea!
ex_whatsarah880 ══╣╠══
true laughter is a wonderful thing.
belenen ══╣amused╠══
amen, yo!
boobiequeen ══╣╠══
I'm glad you have that laughter. *hugs* I haven't had a good, real laugh in such a long time. I don't even remember.
belenen ══╣amused╠══
watch Big Daddy! I loooooove Adam Sandler. *giggle* Nothing makes me laugh harder.
nikare ══╣╠══
Feels good to discover this, doesn't it? Laughter has an effect stronger than most people give it credit. May there always be laughter.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
I've believed this for a long time -- but just recently I've become more and more convinced of its truth.
paperwings21 ══╣╠══
I completely agree with you, laughter is the best remedy.
belenen ══╣effervescent╠══
*nods* and I am SO GLAD TO HAVE YOU BACK!!!!!!!!! WHEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!
paperwings21 ══╣╠══
wandrlost ══╣╠══
laughter is one of the few contagious things that i look forward to catching. ;)
belenen ══╣giggling╠══
*giggle* me too!
abstractfish ══╣╠══
I laugh alot, but only because I don't know what to say most of the time.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
oh, nervous laughter, yeah I do that too. :-\ But hey, sometimes it turns into real laughter, so it's worth it.
mabels ══╣╠══
Ive had people once tell me my laugh sounds like a witches cackle...but I dont think it does. I like my laugh and I like it especialy when I am laughing big and hard. Everyone should find pride in thier laugh.
belenen ══╣amused╠══
! I totally agree that everyone should find pride in their laugh! Maybe you could do a phonepost of you laughing, that would be so awesome!
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invisibleglue ══╣drew oollah╠══
Joyful laughter is the best.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
yes it is. ;-)
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