Each and every day we have an opportunity to learn from the people we talk too. If we are open to listening, we can receive amazing new tools. These tools can be shared to help others.
Today, I spoke to a wonderful lady who has given me permission to share this part of her journey, my many thanks to her. For many years she has suffered from debilitating depression which has often made it difficult to get through each day.
Recently, this lady felt compelled to buy a journal to write down all the negative feelings and words that she felt, when overwhelmed with the sadness or anger that comes with depression. Her intention was then to burn the journal, sounds like a good idea, right?
After a couple of days she realized that by writing down all the negative words and feelings she had, she was creating more negativity in her life! Affirming it in fact. Then a better idea came to her...
The journal, could be used, to write down all the special moments and memories from childhood up to adulthood that had made her laugh!
Even in depression, there are moments when the sunlight of laughter peeks through. Those memories of joy, the funny unexpected times that catch us off guard.
The resulting peals of laughter, which can make us physically helpless with aching tummies and smiles that hurt our faces! The fast attempt to run to the bathroom, in case we wet ourselves but laughing so hard that we do anyway!
The idea of this kind of journal, was truly an inspiration and I admire the wisdom in the lady concerned, who shared it.
Truthfully, if we are open to our own enlightenment, in it's many forms, it can be delivered when we least expect it!) We can really begin the journey towards our own healing, using whatever method feels right to us as individuals.
Consider also how this"Laughter Journal" could help future generations as they read the stories and laugh themselves! What a wonderful gift, an amazing way to learn about the people who came before us and their happy memories. Laughter is always a wonderful remedy!
The native north American Indians and many other cultures, revere the story tellers and why not? They tell the story of their ancestors who found a way through their struggles with laughter and faith that everything changes with time.