I laugh a lot. Not just a little giggle. No, I laugh right out loud and don’t care who hears it.
A boss used to tease me about my laugh. After I left for another job she called, telling jokes until I finally laughed. On the other end of the line I heard, “It’s about time! I miss that cackle of yours. No one laughs around here anymore.” She didn’t know she could reintroduce laughter by laughing herself.
There are actual studies showing laughter may indeed be the best medicine. So go ahead and laugh. If anyone says anything tell them it’s for your health.
“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” — Buddha
One of the things I love about the internet is the opportunity to visit places I many never actually go in real life. A favorite way for me to spend time is to visit some of the world’s great art galleries online. One of my favorites is the Louvre. Yes, you read that right the Louvre — the famous one in France. Didn’t know they had a website? Go check it out.
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in one aspect of life it becomes our entire life. We may stay stuck in that way of living until we get a wake up call that tells us the delicate balance of life has been disrupted. That wake up call may come as a gentle nudge or a big kick in the pants. For me it still too often comes as a big kick after gentle nudges have been ignored.
Think about things that take over your life and fill in the blank. Repeat the statement until you believe it. Then take it a step beyond and think of one thing that is the “more” you might be missing.
“Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn! Look to this Day! For it is Life, the very Life of Life. In its brief course lie all the Verities and Realities of your Existence. The Bliss of Growth, The Glory of Action, The Splendor of Beauty; For Yesterday is but a Dream, And To-morrow is only a Vision; But To-day well lived makes Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness, And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope. Look well therefore to this Day! Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!” — Kalidasa
It amazes me how good fresh, natural food tastes. What compares to a fresh strawberry, or a luscious juicy peach trickling juice down your arm? Even a fresh, crisp garden salad has a wonderful taste and crunch all it’s own.
While eating a lettuce wrap I noticed the flavors of the meat, tomato, even the condiments. I don’t remember being able to taste individual flavors of a sandwich on a bun or sliced bread.
Why do we dull our senses with processed food full of additives and preservatives? If it’s been awhile since you have eaten “real food” give it a try. You won’t go back.