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Motivational Meditation Monday: Keep Calm & Laugh

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keep-calm-and-laugh“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.” – Bill Cosby

Live Well. Laugh Often. Love Always

One of the things I first noticed about sobriety was my laughter. I found myself giggling over the silliest things for hours with new found friends in the program. Sometimes those long hard laughs would give me a belly ache, but sooth some of the left-over pain from my alcoholism -it was wonderful.

Still, almost 5 years later, I am able to get that belly-aching laughter out often. Don’t get me wrong, life has happened for sure, but it’s in-between life happening that I’ve taken advantage of letting out a giggle party or too. I find it not only therapeutic and fun, but very natural today. It’s not something I think about much anymore, it just happens. If I pay attention, I can actually feel the laughter freeing me from both mind and body; I find myself in the moment and just being.  It’s awesome.

If you have had the opportunity to experience those gut wrenching laughter attacks then you know what I’m talking about. When was the last time you experienced one of those anyway? And if it’s been awhile, what’s stopping you from doing it now? Laughter is one of the best medicines and the benefits are endless. If you want to be in a better mood or just be happy, try laughing!

Sometimes we use excuses to prevent us from enjoying ourselves in sobriety. We almost “punish” ourselves with rules like “I cannot be happy. I need to remember the pain so I don’t pick up – I deserve to suffer.” As if us feeling sorry for ourselves somehow free us from our disease and all the bad stuff we did in our addiction. That kind of thinking doesn’t help us or anyone else, even those we have harmed. As we begin to work a program of recovery and apply the program to our lives, we see that we are able to laugh and enjoy life sober without punishing of ourselves for the things we have done.

In some cases we feel that if we enjoy life too much and laugh too often, something terrible will happen to take that joy away – so we continue to live in sadness. Morbid reflection will not prevent a relapse, nor will it help alleviate any of the pain caused from our addiction. If this is true, what will help us be happy again in sobriety?  Working a program of recovery will help us heal from those burdens – it’s that simple. We are able to be free from punishing ourselves because we take action towards mending our past and changing our actions for a better today and tomorrow. So whether you are a newcomer or an old-timer, just laugh – it’s good for the soul.

Written By: Watershed Ashling 

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