Tuesday, July 28, 2009
It has been said that laughter washes our hearts. This is worth paying attention to, don't you think? Watching a kitten prowl through the universe of a dining room, or a small child playing in a bucket of water, we can feel ourselves relax, let go and breathe, forgetting whatever is on our minds and just laughing. Laughter puts us in the now, gives us some air and gets us grounded all at once. Sometimes we can forget to laugh, perhaps, and that is when a well-timed comedy comes in very handy!
A fair amount of research has been done which shows that laughter is very healing for individuals with serious health problems. I have found that to be true in my own practice. Even silly jokes can ultimately get someone to loosen up and over time, relax, which aids healing and just generally improves how a person feels. You can put things in perspective with humor.
In Jin Shin Jyutsu®, there is a specific flow (a sequence of placing hands on energetic focus areas) that often makes people laugh. It is useful for any problems with legs or feet, as well as vascular conditions. If you think about it, this seems to indicate that laughing "gives you legs", and obviously it helps your heart. Laughing gets you back into the flow of life.
While a discussion of herbs that may make you laugh is perhaps beyond the purview of this particular article, there are herbs that help relax the nerves and contribute to a relaxed alertness as well. They help you "get the joke". These are often referred to as tonic herbs, or adaptogens. Ginseng is one example, rhodiola another. Peppermint is also good for this purpose, as is rosemary. Both these herbs help your circulation which in turn helps the flow of air through the body, which helps focus and clarity. Nervines, which focus on relaxation, are plants such as valerian and passion flower. Flower essences such as dill and nasturtium can also aid in calm focus, clarity, and an openness to being amused by what one sees instead of rushing by it. Definitely worth a look!
Kelley Rico is a trained herbalist and aromatherapist, and a Certified Flower Essence and Jin Shin Jyutsu® Practitioner