All this is fine. Resistance to doing LY? Yaaa. Normal and ever-present.
Luckily, having been an actress, my mind is easily comforted by the knowledge that that the body has a capacity to help create huge emotional shifts - even when my mind's not fully on board with it.
This is one of those instances where I'm referring to changes that occur from the outside in, from the physical, as opposed to from the inside - out.
When we make small adjustments to our posture, or our breathing, or our facial expressions, more often than not, the body will do the rest for us. It will trigger those gorgeous physiological changes that make you feel relaxed and happy.
For example when I started laughing in the clip above - I was anything but happy. In fact I was feeling especially uncomfortable and out-of-sorts.
Rather ironically I was on a Yoga Holiday (which I adored) but the experience of being part of a group was rather challenging.
So I dug deep.
This meant I laughed, I cried, I cried and laughed. Somehow - it all felt good. The crying was a release, a softening, the laughter too.
And by the end of it I was a lot less absorbed by the intensity of my feelings and the material that had been triggered.
In any case - as I said it isn't a cure-all for everything. It's an aid, a support, a tool you can use in whatever way you need to. It bends easily to whatever existing system, philosophy or support you already prefer.
I am the first to admit that sometimes sadness is the BEST quality to open up to - to allow more LOVE and HEALING in. Yesss.
And I sometimes use my LY practice to help soften more fully into those emotions that I am most struggling with.
This process helps me remember that LOVE is always present - even in those places we resist feeling.
What I want to say though is that in general we, as a society, are guilty of underestimating how transformative & powerful these moments of unbridled happiness can be.
It may sound silly to say watch a funny movie, or laugh for ten minutes a day, or play like a child. You may prefer instead to go to yoga, or therapy, or meditate. (All fab!).But sometimes we do these things as opposed to laughing, or playing, or skipping, because these activities appeal to our desire to be worthy, grown-up and significant. As if we are achieving more spiritually if it is something we need to study.
Whereas laughter is pretty damn easy isn't it? Each one of us is equipped with master like abilities to laugh. It's an innate part of being human. It's simple, it's doable and you don't need to study hard to get 'good' at it. You already are.
So what if we could choose laughter, SILLINESS, goofing around for a moment instead. What if we could enjoy that moment, that gift instead? What if we could marvel at our amazing bodies capable of doing these truly amazing, astounding things? What then my love's, what then?
To clearly articulate an intention, to express a need or desire.
To admit that you desire change and do not entirely know how to improve or change your situation.
A willingness to surrender the power of one's mind to a greater power or consciousness - to assist in the creation of life.
A desire to communicate with those aspects of yourself or/and the Universe/God/Divine that cannot be seen but are instead felt, sense, imagined or intuited.
This is one of my new practices. I LOVE it!
Make a wish, create an intention, dream big, or pray. (Or don't - totally, totally don't, unless it feels fun for you.)