Spiritual Health: The Integrated Self
The gift of laughter is crucial to our well-being. Laughing creates a buffer where we can relax and not take ourselves too seriously. Laughing helps to release pent-up emotions. Sometimes we laugh at inappropriate times out of embarrassment. Sometimes we laugh when we are nervous or taken by surprise. Laughter ought to be an expression of joy and never the tool of ridicule. We are often so fragile that we are like tight walkers without the skill to maintain balance in the gymnastics of life. When we become wound too tightly we often operate from fear. Fear in itself is not bad. Fear that stifles our creativity and smothers our joy can be deadly. Sometimes we rely on fear when we do not have a handle on failure or when we are intimidated by success. Even so, that fear is just a feeling and it need not inhibit our health. When we face fear head-on, we can move on.
The Undivided Soul