Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Positive Thinking on Steroids: Laughter In The Park

By Anne Bellamy, Author of Using The Law of Attraction To Help The Universe Help You

This past weekend, I attended my first Laughter Yoga class.  It's something that I'd heard about ages ago, and have always been curious about.

I was slightly worried as it was held outside, in a public park, for all to see.  I wondered if I would feel foolish, or embarassed.  But, being a firm believer in being silly, I dismissed my concerns and headed out to the park. 

It was a beautiful day, possibly the last one London will see in a while.  I could see a group of people gathered in one corner of the park, under at tree, talking.  I  immediately knew which one was the instructor.  She had the biggest smile.  She had the most positive energy.  She simply glowed. I thought to myself "I want to look like that!" and eagerly headed over.

After a brief introduction, we got stuck in!  Lots of funny noises, role plays, and other laughter techniques ensued. 

Did you know that the body can't distinguish between real and fake laughter? 

Pretty soon, what started out as "fake" laughter, became genuine laughter.  It's contagious and I found myself giving in completely to the desire to laugh my friggin' head off.

Here I was, standing in a park in central London with 15 strangers, having a ball.  This doesn't happen very often, does it? (When I find myself in unusual circumstances like this, I like to take a moment and contemplate it.) 

The session ended with all of us lying down on a giant tarpaulin, on our back, staring out at the giant tree above, laughing, laughing, laughing.  Just laughing.  For a good 10 minutes. 

At the end, we just sat there in a circle and smiled.  Warmth, positivity, happiness and relief.  It felt so damn good!

Have you ever been to laughter yoga? Would you consider taking a class? 

ps. for a brief history of the origin of laughter yoga click here.  It's spread....just like laughter should.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

The Money Attracting Challenge Results

By Anne Bellamy, Author of Using The Law of Attraction To Help The Universe Help You

Yesterday was August 31, the deadline for the Money Attracting Challenge I participated in.  The results were....interesting.

My goal was to attract an extra £1000 by August 31.  Here's what I attracted:

Lots of free stuff, including:
Food and wine.(including 4 BBQ invites from friends....4 Saturdays in a row!)
Two free tickets to Wimbledon.
Free movie tickets.
My new book has started selling! (Yay me!)
I booked an extra job in September (this one was a surprise because it came from sources I didn't even know I had, working for me and recommending me.....The Universe works in mysterious ways!)

But here's the really strange part.  While I didn't exactly receive £1000 in cash or cheque form by the deadline.....my boyfriend did.

Recently his elderly great-aunt (aged 98) passed away.  Yesterday he found out that she left him £1500 in her will.  This came as a complete surprise to him. 

At first, I was glad for him, and then I realized the date!  August 31!!  He got the money!  WTH???  Who did that?  Was it me (wish) or him (probably)? How did he manage to attract this money, without even trying, when I was trying to attract it, and didn't?

Technically the money is going into our household, so do I get to claim this as a win? 

Here's what I will claim as a win:

Feeling more peace
Meditating more
Tending to my thoughts
Listening to my Guidance System (emotions)
Becoming much better at pivoting.
A general feeling of happiness and well-being
Blogging has now become a habit

Like they say, it's the journey and not the destination.  And look what I found along the way!

So, what do you think?  Did I pass my challenge?