To do this meditation all you have to do is to simply start laughing. It feels strange at first, as it is not easy to start laughing like a maniac without a trigger or an event to provoke laughter.But, that is exactly what you need to do. Feels unnatural, doesn’t it?
Studies have now shown that laughter lowers stress, boosts the immune system, and can lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It may even aid digestion. Pretty similar benefits to what you would expect from doing regular meditation.
The meditation has three parts – stretching, laughter and stillness.
The best time to do it is in the morning on an empty stomach. But, if you can’t find time in the morning, you can do it before lunch or dinner.
How to do Laughter Meditation:
Stretching (1-2 minutes)
Stretch your whole body by standing on your toes while pulling the arms above your head with fingers of the two hands intertwined
Loosen and stretch the muscles of your jaws and face – a yawn or two will help
Laughing (5 minutes)
Gently turn the corners of your mouth upward and start smiling softly
Broaden your smile and start laughing without exerting any force
Deepen your laughter so you feel it from your belly
Try and laugh ‘with’ yourself or a partner, but not ‘at’ or ‘about’ someone or something
Bring mindful awareness to the moment of laughter – whatever you experience in the moment laugh with it
Stillness (5 minutes)
Stop laughing and close your eyes
Still your body – find a place to sit, if you were standing while laughing
Become aware of the silence
Ignore any thoughts that may arise and instead shift focus to any feelings or sensations in your body
Practice laughter meditation daily for at least a month to see its positive effects manifest in your life.