Oh boy did I need this reminder today. I’m fairly certain this message was just for me. 😉I hope Mother’s latest video resonates with you too and tickles your funny bone. I’m one of the people Mother describes as someone who has the tendency to take themselves and their lives too seriously. Sigh. I appreciate that She makes it clear that only we know what’s too serious. Here’s how it goes for me. I have an issue or a challenge that’s up and I start focusing on it with the intention of finding a solution that is hopefully healthy and loving. But at some point, I make the mistake of again believing that I can think my way out of a personal problem rather than act my way out of one. I start to replace my healthy actions with thinking and then brooding, then comes self-absorption and inevitably my anxiety takes over the whole thing and laughter, fun, lightheartedness start to feel like a waste of time. Oh, you tricky shadow you.
The only time my thoughts help me to find a solution is when I’m using critical thinking, pen, and paper, processing with a friend or therapist, or following the thoughts that flow from my light to remind me to continue taking the loving actions that support me on every level. But if I’m on a hamster wheel thought pattern, it’s pretty much only a matter of time until I spiral down into serious/anxious/overwhelm mode. Mother teaches that the best way to get off the hamster wheel is to get outside your head and reach out to someone and support them for a while. Once I’ve remembered that I can indeed be useful, I then try and connect with a friend who knows the true value of humor and the power of play. When I let myself play I always feel revitalized, grounded, and ready to take action in supporting the solution to my issue and let my thoughts assist in the process rather than run the show.
If you’ve never heard of it, you may want to check out Laughter Yoga. It is a fantastic practice that will keep laughter front and center in your life. Mother recommends it highly! She often asks people what they do for fun or when was the last time they played. Give it a try. The only thing you have to lose is your anxiety. What’s not to love about that?! For those of you living in the Atlanta area, I just found Laughter Yoga Atlanta. Lucky you!
What do you do for playtime? 🤣🤣💃🤸♂️🚵♂️🎨🎸🛴🛶🎢🏖🎉🐶🐱🐴🌺🥳🤪Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.