Last week I taught a workshop on my book, The Unorthodox Life: Walking Your Own Path to the Divine. One idea we discussed was how frequently we can go from a high point in life, where everything is wonderful, to a low point, where it feels like everything is falling apart. It is the proverbial roller coaster ride. Mystics and Jungian Analysts alike have explained this low point as being important to prevent ego inflation. We can’t necessarily stop the roller coaster ride that often happens, but we can learn to remain peaceful and calm and centered amidst life’s storms. We can feel our feelings and still retain inner serenity. I love the affirmation, “Nothing can disturb the calm peace of my soul.”
Another way we can navigate the low points is to incorporate humor. We can lighten up about life in general and also about those issues which trouble us specifically. That is one of the reasons I am grateful that Greg Tamblyn is showing up (just a week before our annual meeting in February)! Not to imply that the annual meeting will be completely opposite from the fun and humor that Greg brings. But it is true that annual meetings can bring a dose of reality that is not nearly as fun as a Greg Tamblyn concert! Both are important. Yet humor teaches us to lighten up, ease up, chill out and enjoy life. Then we carry that lesson into those more challenging moments.
The lines from a humorous song can be affirmations that pull us out of depressing moments. And we know that it is scientifically proven that laughter increases endorphins and overall health. Anytime we have an opportunity to laugh more, we should take it. Greg calls it: “Getting a comedy hangover that lasts all week” and “Vibrating at the frequency of fun.” He says, “Ten minutes of laughter is worth an hour of meditation.” (And adds, “So after this concert you won’t have to meditate for a week!”). He adds, “Life may or may not be a terminal condition, but laughter goes on forever.”
Take time out to join us for this hilarious concert on Saturday, February 2 at 7 p.m.! And even if you can’t make it, remember to keep “toning your funny bone.”
Love & blessings,