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LAUGHTER…….It really IS the best medicine

LAUGHTER…….It really IS the best medicine

I go through my ups and downs just like I am sure you do. When we struggle with these moments we try to find the best remedy. My solutions have not always been the smartest and most definitely have proven to not have much resolution.

Well my friends, I have stumbled onto the cheapest, safest, fastest healthiest and most rewarding elixir. I know you are all waiting with bated breath to find out what could this cure possibly be…….

Laughter, it really is the best therapy; I know, I know you are asking “What is this thing you speak of? and how does one get it?”

Let me gladly share with you how I obtained this precious piece of information. Remember how I was saying that I have struggled with my many ups and downs? When I say many I am not exaggerating either, sometimes I feel like a yoyo in a human casing and when I am on the downward part of that journey I am not a happy person. But then something miraculous happened over a year ago, I had the fortune to be around some very amazing people that now I have the privilege to call my friends. These friends also had their ups and downs but the beauty is that when we interacted with each other we were able to lighten another’s load simply by making a joke or doing something outlandishly funny. This behavior had no other result then the gift of laughter and then before I knew it many of those troubles seemed to be forgotten or somehow if not forgotten absolutely not as severe as they were originally.

There are other ways to partake in laughter such as watching a funny program however, I have found that the most therapeutic way is the laughter that comes from within you because the ones that are making it happen share experiences with you at some moment in your life that personalize it. A true example for me is when I look at a photo of my mates and I or perhaps just them and it reminds me of times we shared and before I know it I am laughing out loud. This is a laugh that comes from the heart and the mind which amazingly releases so much pleasure.

I am not trying to tell you that laughter is a cure for all that ails us. After all, some of us do have some serious issues we have to deal with and those are the things we must work on but I am here to tell you laughter sure as hell helps to alleviate some of that pain. Listen; if we had a cold wouldn’t we do something about that? A cold cannot be cured, you must ride it out but we do things to make us more comfortable when we are suffering whether it is a bowl of Grandmas chicken soup, our blanky and an early night or accepting the compassion of someone that loves and cares for you.

Yep, not only is laughter the best medicine it is also the best policy.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!!

There is something that is truly missing today for me and it is the nightly excursion to the shop in the village after dinner. All my mates and I would meet outside of the dining hall and take the stroll for what I affectionally recall as a great ending to another interesting day.

(Personal blog posts following several people’s journey through mindfulness and suffering. Including the unique experiences of spending time at a ‘mindfulness’ community in Thailand.)

We all had our favorites I reflect back on how funny it must have looked to the woman that owned the shop. We would rush in and dart straight to the freezer in the back. We would dig through all the different kinds of ice creams to find our favorite flavors. Being the somewhat OCD person I am I would find myself organizing the scattered mess of ice lollies and ice creams so we could easily obtain the one we wanted.

So…is this really about the ice cream or is it about the event of getting together with people you have made dear connections with you ask? I will answer that by explaining what really took place while we were enjoying our sweet treats. This moment every evening was about people sitting around a table talking about their day whether it was good or bad, happy or sad, hard or easy. We took the piss out of each other with love, we took the piss out of ourselves unabashedly and shared the things we learned that day  that did, will and does shape our worlds to be a better place.

There were no inhibitions around this table. We were open and expressive; we asked each other their opinions about something that one might have had to go through. We asked each other for advice. We dissected our behaviors, weaknesses and strengths. None of us were ever afraid to tell the other if there perhaps might be an area one could improve on or if there was an area we commended. We sat around that table and ate ice cream to learn to become the person we yearn and are striving to be.

So much more took place then just gobbling down our dessert. It was a meeting of the minds and there were definitely some strong ones. We laughed around that table, we cried around that table but most of all we made history around that table. All of us are interwoven in a moment and time of vulnerability and I cherish it every day and cannot help but giggle when I look at some photos that reflect the times around that table. For that I am truly grateful today.

My favorite you ask? I aptly named mine ‘Angry Panda.’ No matter how many times I bought one and I can assure you it was plenty, Angry Panda always had that same scowling look.  This photo gives me the giggles every time because it reminds me how precious life really can be.