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喜びに満ちた人生=オモロイ人生 Joyful life = playful life

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“Joy” is the natural state of all young children from any country or culture on this planet. We all come out from this original state. So, what happens in between to our spontaneous smile, to our natural laughter?

There is one moment when through the influence of our environment, through the “teachings” of adults we loose the feeling that the world is friendly and supporting us. We learn “Do this! Don’t do that, This is dangerous, etc.”

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When young children fall, they usually do not feel pain. They just get on their feet and continue running. Then, one day, they start looking around and notice the adults showing fearful faces and saying « Are you OK? ». That is the way we all started to learn fear from adults.We also started feeling pain and began to cry when falling. This was the real “fall” from Paradise.

There is a word expressing the way children behave, it is the word « playfulness ». Playfulness is about the joy of playing, it is a way of looking at life as an enjoyable game.Playfulness is about exploring and doing things that are all about pleasure – doing what you do for the sheer delight you receive in doing it. There is no ‘have to’ or ‘should’ in playfulness.In playfulness we do not take things seriously, we just EN-JOY.

A few weeks ago I was exchanging ideas with a friend about Laughter Yoga and that friend who practices « orthodox yoga » told me that she was only interested in « true yoga ».

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In fact, what is the true meaning of « Yoga »? Yoga means « union »…Which implies that any yoga offers a way back to a state of « Oneness ». And what is this « state of oneness »? It is the time when we still were little children. That is the destination of all religions. Even Jesus said : « If you do not become like little children you will not be able to enter in the Kingdom of my Father ». One more question. What is the main quality of little children? It is PLAYFULNESS! We are back to it!

Because people think that laughing is very common they do not realize that almost all adults have lost more than 90% of their sense of playfulness. Maybe do you think that you laugh enough, that you have a good sense of humor and that you are a positive person….But is that really “playfulness”. Do you really « play your life » like an enjoyable game?

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I was like you before I learned « laughter yoga » and this practice changed completely my opinion. Real playfulness is something different than anything we think we know. Only the direct experience of this technique can make us remember with our body how we were feeling as little children before adults taught us what they thought is a : « TRUE Life ». For this reason I can say that “Laughter Yoga” is a TRUE yoga…and so fun an easy to practice!

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