I read that a child laughs 400 times a day on the average, while an adult laughs only 15 times each day. Which is puzzling since laughter feels so good and is so good for us!
You may know the benefits of laughter on the mind and spirit, but are you aware of how much a good laugh can help you physically? Norman Cousins used to say that laughter is so beneficial for your body that it is like “inner jogging.”
Mayo Clinic (Mayo Clinic Health Letter, March 1993) reports that laughter aids breathing by disrupting your normal respiration pattern and increasing your breathing rate. It can even help clear mucus from your lungs.
Laughter is also good for your heart. It increases circulation and improves the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to tissues throughout your body.
A good laugh helps your immune system fight off colds, flu and sinus problems by increasing the concentration of immunoglobulin A in your saliva. And it may help control pain by raising the levels of certain brain chemicals (endorphins).
Furthermore, it is a natural stress reliever. Have you ever laughed so hard that you doubled over, fell off your chair, spit out your food or wet your pants? You cannot maintain muscle tension when you are laughing!
The good news is that you are allowed more than 15 laughs a day! Go ahead and double the dose and make it 30 times today. (You may begin to notice immediate improvement in your relationships!) Then double it again! You are bound to feel better, you will cope with problems more effectively and people will enjoy being around you.
Why would we want to twist our body into the shape of a cow’s face? Sometimes the Sanskrit name of a pose can reveal a hidden intention or unexpected aspect of the posture. Gomukhasana translates literally as “cow’s face pose.” Go is a root word that refers to the senses, because they nourish the conscious mind, just as cow’s milk nourishes our body. Mukha means passageway or an aspect of something. Combining the two words we see that gomukha refers to the art of working with the senses as a gateway to a deeper aspect of the mind.
Translation: The name comes from the Sanskrit words Gow (गो, Go) meaning “cow”, Mukha(मुख, mukha) meaning “face” or “mouth”,and Asana (आसन, Āsana) meaning “posture” or “seat”.
Start in a cross-legged sitting posture
Bring the right foot on the outside of the left thing and slide the foot close to the left hip
Bring the left ankle by the side of the right hip. Try to make sure that both the knees are one over the other.
Make the effort to slide both the feet as far back as comfortable
Try to keep the spine straight and vertical and the head facing forward
Raise the right arm and bring the hand over the shoulder
Wrap the left arm behind the back. Try to grasp the left hand with the right hand behind the back, joining the fingers of the two hands together.
In the beginning you may find it difficult to hold the two hands together; however, with practice, you should gradually be able to do so. In case you are unable to hold the hands, you may like to use a strap holding it with the two hands and trying to close the gap between the two hands.
Stay in the final pose for about 10-12 breaths.
Release the hands and stretch the legs straight, bounce the knees a few times.
Repeat the asana in the other direction, this time folding the left leg and placing the left foot on the outside of the right thigh.
Bring the right ankle by the side of the left hip. Make sure that the knees are above each other. Try to slide the feet as far back as comfortable.
Raise the left arm and place the hand over the left shoulder
Wrap the right arm behind the back. Try to grasp the left hand with the right hand behind the back, joining the fingers of the two hands together.
Straighten the back and hold the head upright and facing the front
Remain in the final pose for about 10-12 breaths
Finally release the post and relax in a comfortable cross-legged sitting posture
In the final pose, you may bend forward and try to bring the chest close to the knees
In a slightly different variation, you may keep the position of the knees the same, stretch the arms overhead and then bend forward bringing the forearms on the floor and chest close to the knees
Stay in the forward bend for about 4-5 breaths
Gomukhasana helps induce relaxation.When you feel tired, tense or worried, practicing this asana can help release the tension.
Stimulates the kidneys
Helpful in relieving ailments like diabetes, high blood pressure, and sexual malfunction
Helps remove stiffness in the spine, neck and shoulders.
Develops the chest and improves breathing
Stretches the muscles of the lower back, buttocks and the knees and helps with backache, sciatica and rheumatism
**Cautions and Contra-indications:
If you have sciatica, be cautious and use a bolster as it could make it worse.
If sciatica or lower back problems exist, do not fold forward;
Don’t do the pose if you have any serious neck or shoulder problems
Pregnant women should not fold forward after the first trimester as it may put pressure on the belly and the baby.
If there are knee issues or pain, try keeping the lower leg straight. If that is still too difficult, sit cross-legged and fold forward.
Animals can often teach us that happiness can be a lot simpler than we think – sometimes, all it takes is a warm spot on the floor bathed in sunlight, a warm radiator, or even a warm, soft tummy! These animals who love warmth will show you that sometimes, we all need to slow down and enjoy the simpler things in life.
Its been always pleasurable relationship between me and animals that brings these two diverse species together. I observed, animals show humans affection as they receive it and very soon I became a vegetarian. My growing endearment for Animals made me understood that they too have a sense of love, loyalty, and friendship as well as many other emotions and traits and DO have the ability to feel emotion, just like humans. When I research more about animal rights and Active cruelty and passive cruelty I have joined Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and try through petition, donation and rescue calling.
As Abraham Lincoln said – “I am in a favor of animal rights as human rights. that is the way of whole hum being”
It is perhaps such an unexciting, tedious and inglorious artefact when comes to devoir, doing household work. But if you approach with a different outlook, dishevelled desk drawer could actually be a passage to mindfulness. If you are trying to revitalize from monotonous parties, job, even from social media and calm your mind you don’t have to go to any specific meditation retreat.
NEW YEAR RESOLUTION: To tolerate FOOLS more gladly, provided this not encourage them to take up more of my TIME.
“Honour to the Earth”
“HONOUR TO THE DEAD IN PASSING YEAR! ”
“HONOUR TO THE LIVING, IN THE COMING OF THE YEAR”
“A GREAT YEAR PASSES TONIGHT”
“NO ONE KNOWS THE FUTURE, yet we can’t keep guessing while expecting of only the GOOD, not the bad or even both”
Well the year is finally wrapped up, looking back I made mistakes along just like the next man, as a matter of fact I have Wronged, Dissapointed, beenImpatient little insecure, been Out of Control and at Times hard to bare with.
Now let me believe that long year is given to us, UNTOUCHED, full of things that never been happened, full of work that never been done, full of task, claims and demands.
May the new year bring you new hope, new strength and new DREAMS! 💙💚💛💜
“How much better is silence; the cup of coffee, the table. How much better to sit by myself like a solitary sea-bird that open its wings on the stake” – Virginia Woolf (The waves)
Solitude gives birth to the original us. There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, there is a rapture in a lonely shore, there is a society none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in it’s roar; I love not people less, but nature more.
Guard well your spare moments, they are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in useful life.