In Reflections

“Laugh as much as possible, always laugh. It’s the sweetest thing one can do for oneself and one’s fellow human beings.” — Maya Angelou

Like some in our community, you may be dealing with some serious stuff at home or are feeling overwhelmed with anxiety about the future of our country and planet.

I was reminded recently of the gift of laughter to bring us ease when we need it most.

A longtime friend of Eremos recently shared that a funny statement offered by her in the midst of a painful moment in this time of her husband’s declining health helped both of them get through it. There may be nothing we can do to ease the stressful situations we’re in the middle of, but we can ease the stress in our body, mind, and spirit with the gift of laughter.

“If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor.
— Jennifer Jones

I’ve heard that contemplation can be described as experiencing the “really real.” Perhaps the “really real” is the awareness of laughter and love to be found wherever God is. And because the Divine is everywhere, there is always a path to laughter and love. How can you bring the gift of laughter into your life more often right now?

May you seek and find reasons to laugh loudly and often on your own and with others. And may you sense the cells of your body doing a happy dance with each belly laugh you experience.


“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air, and you.”
― Langston Hughes

Welcome August: Deep Summer

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”
— Sam Keen

Becoming New

“While struggling with the pain of change, it is often impossible to see the new self we are becoming. While feeling our hand pried loose by experience, we seldom can imagine what will fill it once it is opened.

As the days rinse our heart, we can feel something unseeable scour us through, though we can’t yet imagine how much fresher milk and sky and laughter will taste once we are returned to the feel of being new.

― Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening

May you be renewed by the gift of laughter.

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