OK, first of all what do I mean by the enlightened lifestyle?
If you don’t know . . . . . then you’re probably not! (LOL)
And how did that make you feel? It was a bit demeaning wasn’t it?
In the enlightened lifestyle, we try to avoid making demeaning comments towards others at all costs. Why? Because what purpose does it serve?
When we feel the need to demean others, that is a defense mechanism. By making someone look small, you make yourself feel better, hence feeding your own deflated ego.
Your energy would be better spent by doing some intense soul searching, rather than wasting precious God given energy by hurting others.
Q. As enlightened beings . . . . . as yogis . . . . . as caring people . . . . . what is the role of humor in our daily lives?
A. Totally Necessary!
You’ve heard that laughter heals. And I’m sure it does. Heck, they even have “laughter yoga” now!
Aside from being “totally necessary,” what is the role of humor?
Well here’s something I’ve noticed. I am a natural comic. And I don’t say this to brag. It’s just part of my personality. I don’t work hard at it. Funny things just flow out of my mouth at opportune moments. I have an impeccable sense of timing.
And why do I mention that here? Well, I use this sense of timing to my advantage when teaching yoga. It works especially well with newcomers. Because the thing is, I also have a serious side. And yoga can seem very serious and heavy at times. By lightening things up with well timed humor, I can see the stress dissolve right out of the student’s body. Laughter yoga – no doubt. It works.
I’ve thought about this question a lot: The role of humor and how people use it in everyday life.
Have you ever been the brunt of a joke? Have you ever had a room full of people laughing *at* you not *with* you.
That’s a great example of the destructive use of humor. Humor can be used to demean and belittle people.
That’s not OK.
Sarcasm is something we all use now and then. And when used intelligently, it can be hilarious. But I’ve known people who use sarcasm 24 / 7. It gets to the point where they never ever say what they are really feeling. Sarcasm can be used as a great way to hide your feelings and belittle your fellow human beings.
Be conscious of sarcasm and use it wisely!
On that note I offer you one of the funniest, cleverest yoga videos, I’ve seen in a long time. If you need a laugh, and who doesn’t – - here it is! And please feel free to laugh straight from the belly!
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