Laughter Yoga: Laughter IS the best medicine

Hi Friends!

I recently won a Morgan’s Tarot Deck from Helen at MyWingsofDesire.  You all know I love the Pearls of Wisdom deck, which is full of vibrant colors, so I was surprised when I found myself drawn to the black and white, simplistic, Morgan’s Tarot deck.  As soon as I opened the pack and started looking through the cards, I connected with it.  There’s something in the simplicity and humor of the cards that draws me in and reminds me that situations that seem very complex and confusing can actually be looked at with very simple wisdom.  Looking at the cards brings me back down to earth.  I decided to draw a card from the deck to inspire today’s post.

Here’s the card that flew out of the deck:

The first thing that came to my mind was laughter yoga.  Have you heard of this?  Here’s a Discovery Channel video all about it:

Mark introduced me to laughter yoga shortly after we met.  It’s usually call-and-response, where the leader says something like, “Ha Ha HeeHee Ha,” and the group repeats.  It’s a lot of fun!  I used to do a similar thing on my way to work several years ago.  Near the time I was thinking about leaving my job at the emergency room, I would feel down driving to work.  However, as I drove down the highway, whenever I caught myself feeling miserable, I’d smile the biggest smile I could.  Then, every time, I would end up laughing at myself and how ridiculous I must look.  It always made me feel better.

This card reminds me that laughter is a great mood-shifter.  It also reminds me that things don’t have to be so serious, and that life is about having fun and enjoying each moment.

What’s the Morgan’s Tarot book say?

[box style= “rounded” border=”full”]Certain people in the environment are unaware of the true significance of your activities.  Actually, I don’t know what this card means, nor am I laughing.  Or perhaps you really are doing something absurd.[/box]

See, there’s definitely something absurd about this deck and the accompanying book, but that’s part of what I like about it.  It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and I think that’s a great lesson in itself 🙂

Love,

Melanie Jade 🙂

P.S.  Helen is continuing her tarot deck giveaways each month.  Just leave a thoughtful comment on MyWingsofDesire to enter.

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  • http://www.mywingsofdesireblog.blogspot.com/ Helen

    Cool post! Do not be fooled by Morgan’s Tarot, it has a wicked sense of humour but the messages are deep and it feels like Morgan himself is talking to me from the other side (he is no longer alive). There is some interesting information about the origins of the deck in an amazon review (see quote below):

    “The cards, originally, weren’t meant as a tarot or even as anything for anyone other than Morgan. When he described their origin to me, he said he was working as a dishwasher at a small place in the Santa Cruz mountains and studying his own personal development. He got some cards (I assume index cards) and started writing down the key ideas he’d been thinking about, just as sort of reminders for himself. There are even around a half-dozen cards in the deck that he attributed to the cook at the same place.”

    • Anonymous

      Thank you Helen! I agree that it feels like he’s right there. The cards are very approachable. Thank you for adding the info from the review as well!

  • http://sallyfelt.com Sally Felt

    I love it! Over the winter, there were a number of Laughter Yoga sessions at Move Studio (Preston & Campbell). Fantastic fun. Bring this deck to the next Meetup, would you, Melanie? I’d love to see it.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you Sally! Will do! I’ll bring my Halloween Tarot Deck too, ’cause it’s very lighthearted and fun.

  • Ash

    I like unusual decks and I would love to add this one to my collection! I’d seen the Laughter Video a while back,but it was great to see it again. Though I work from home alone each day, I try to laugh each day and I’m grateful for a hubby who enjoys laughing with me!

    • Anonymous

      Hi Ash! It is such a great reminder to laugh each day. Congratulations on having a great, supportive hubby! They are priceless!