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This is a very inspiring story from Nili. She is a laughter teacher who successfully runs laughter clubs in Israel. A great laugher, I call her a laughter blaster. This story is about how laughter helped her cope with extremely unfortunate and grievous times in 2006.


Dear Madan,


My brother David and my sister-in-law died in a plane crash in USA and at the same time my mother was hospitalized as she was suffering from cancer. But, after hearing about the tragic accident, she suffered a major setback and went down with pneumonia and septicemia (a kind of blood poisoning). Under such trying times, my father went for the funeral while I stayed home to look after my ailing mother. It all happened so suddenly that it was very hard for me to grasp whether it was true or some nightmare. My body was in a state of shock; I had to remind myself to eat. I couldn’t sleep; I had nightmares, felt restless and uneasy. My breathing was disturbed and I felt sad, depressed and helpless. I remember David’s visit to my laughter club to celebrate my 40th birthday. He laughed with us and appreciated Laughter Yoga as he made many laughter friends.


Even as I stayed with my mother in the hospital, I had asked a friend to lead the laughter sessions. I wrote to my club members telling them about the tragic turn of events but insisted that laughter must continue. Strangely, the laughter session was held at the same time as David’s funeral. Everyone fondly remembered him and did Crying Laughter. I was deeply touched by their genuine love and concern for my family.


After some days, I returned to lead the Laughter Yoga meeting. It was the first time I actually practiced Laughter exercises since the unfortunate event. Initially, I was afraid I may not be able to laugh. When I heard laughter from other people it did not infect me the way it usually did. But, I told myself I will do my best and fake it until I make it!


I remember I did laugh on a few occasions over the past weeks, but it was either as a reaction to some joke or something funny. I tried to use humor to deal with the difficult situation in my life. But, Dr. Kataria you are so right when you said during one of our trainings that if you can't laugh; bring your body to the laughter club. It will know how to do it. And that’s what I did. I took my body and an open-heart to the laughter club. I shared my sorrow with my friends in the club and thanked them for their love and support.


That laughter session was the most powerful experience I ever had in my life. I found my ability to tap my inner resources at a time I felt so weak and powerless. My laughter club members were really caring and supportive. It was their love and laughter that helped me deal with such a hard time. They brought my laughter back.
Love,
Nili.


This article is from Dr Kataria's Book "Inner Spirit of Laughter" . You can download the E Book for just USD 8.95. To Buy Click Here.

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  • Anna K

    This is a truly moving story and speaks of great strength, plus the willingness to grieve through Crying Laughter--a wonderful way to share and deal with grief. Well done to the Katarias and Nili.

    Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:55:15

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