Laugh For No Reason At All
Have you ever laughed for no reason at all – laughed just to laugh? Try it! Supposedly, it changes your body’s chemistry and healing happens. But that’s from a physiological (dualistic) point-of-view. We’re beyond that.
The opening question is based on the title of a popular book, Laugh for No Reason, by Dr. Mandan Kataria. Dr. Kataria is most popular for his Laughing Yoga movement. I’m not a practitioner, but I am an advocate of Laughing Yoga. Here’s why.
A Reason For Your Joy
Too many people believe that you need a reason to laugh. A crazier notion is that you need a reason to be joyful. What happened to me many years ago best illustrates this. I was walking down the street, and a portly man with curly blond hair was walking towards me. He caught me off guard when he stopped in front of me and blurted, “What are you so *&*** happy about?” He didn’t bother to wait for my answer. He scratched his head and kept walking.
The man was right. I was feeling joyful but for no particular reason. After our brief face-to-face I asked myself, “Do I really need a reason to be joyful?” I direct the same question to you, reader. Do you need a reason to be joyful? You shouldn’t. You and I have a right to be joyful every second of the day. That’s because JOY IS OUR NATURE.
Nothing Can Disturb The Joy Of Your Being
Galatians 5:22 of the Holy Bible lists nine fruits of the Spirit. The first three are love, joy and peace. Thus, Joy is a fruit (natural manifestation) of God’s Presence. And what is your Being but God Being You? Joy is your nature. Joy is as natural to you as perfume is to the rose.
You’ve heard, read and probably said that God is changeless. That’s a fact. And what God is, God always is. Nothing affects or changes God. How can it? There’s nothing going on but God. The Joy of God is as changeless as God. Joy is an ever-present constant. This is why, despite all seeming, the Joy that You Are is forever and never changes. Irrespective of how you seem to be feeling now, or at any time, you remain the very Presence of Joy. JOY IS YOUR NATURE.
Does this make sense to you? Don’t think about your answer. Think about God’s Allness and then answer. Where there is Joy, there is no grief. There is no down in the dumps depression.
Get Out Of The Dumps And Recover Your Joy
There’s no doubt that sometimes you don’t feel Joyful. Your joy seems to be clouded over with sadness and grief. But just as the sun is unfazed by the clouds, so your joy is unfazed by sadness and grief. And you can prove it. Try this.
- First recognize that the unpleasant feeling you seem to be experiencing is not natural – is not God – and decide that you won’t accept it.
- Next, go on a mini pray-a-thon. These are short, two-minute bursts of silent prayer. You may, as I have, repeat these sessions as many as twenty times. That’s a small price to pay to get out of a funk.
- Each prayer is for one purpose – to realize more of God’s Presence. For this to work, that must be your only purpose.
- At some point, and it usually happens the same day, God-Realization happens. The seeming clouds disperse and it’s all sunshine and Joy – for no reason at all.
You don’t need a reason to be joyful. You Are Joy.