If you’ve ever embarked on a road trip for a vacation or cross country to visit family, you know how exhilarating it can be. Creating that special playlist and packing road snacks signal fun ahead. Each day, 220 million Americans average an hour and a half commute in their cars. With a 35 minute commute each way, I certainly understand how it can be a source of frustration and stress for some people, but I’ve taken a different approach. I treat every ride in the car (especially to work) as if it were an awesome road tripping adventure. Continue reading
One of my closest friends has three of the most beautiful children on earth. The two girls are the oldest, and have beautifully innocent, and hilarious perspectives on life. Today, during my daily meditation outside, I was reminded of one of their most comical observations.
I was surrounded by birds, chipmunks, and squirrels, and at one point, a chipmunk ran right up to me, stopped in his tracks as if to say, “Oh crap, you’re not who I was looking for,” and made an abrupt about face to run the other way. The look on his face was priceless; almost human. I was so tickled, I laughed for about five minutes, and every time I think about it, my heart smiles at the experience.
It reminded me of the story my friend told be about a time her and the girls were on their way somewhere in the car. At one point, the younger of the two turns to the older and says, “Hey did you see that? I think that squirrel just took my picture.” The statement actually started a debate between the two on how and where a squirrel would get a hold of a camera. Not that a squirrel couldn’t take a picture, but that he might not have the means with which to do so.
I peeled in laughter for days at the story, but I was more in love with how their conversation represented endless possibilities. Through the eyes of a child, we can relive newness; limitlessness. Through the eyes of a child, we can experience excitement over EVERYTHING. Look at everything today as if it’s the first time you’ve ever seen it. Embrace every moment as if you’ve just stepped onto the playground for the first time.
“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.” ― Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker
– Your Charmed Yogi
It’s said that laughter is the best medicine, and I agree wholeheartedly. Like crying, laughter is an emotional release that can have lasting benefits. Laughing reduces stress, relieves pain and even boosts the immune system. Plus, a good hearty laugh can be a good ab workout. Studies show that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and seratonin. The sad truth is, however, we don’t laugh nearly enough. Continue reading