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Laughter — The Doorway to No-Mind

Girish Borkar

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In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we often find ourselves drowning in a sea of thoughts. The mind chatters incessantly, creating a never-ending stream of worries, anxieties, and to-do lists. But what if I told you that there’s a simple, joyful, and profoundly spiritual way to silence the mind’s incessant chatter? It’s through the magical and contagious act of laughter.

Laughter is a universal language that transcends borders, cultures, and beliefs. It’s a force of nature, an unstoppable wave of joy that washes over us. When we laugh, we are not thinking; we are just being. We are fully immersed in the present moment, and our mind takes a back seat. In those precious moments of laughter, we enter a state of “no-mind.”

No-mind is a concept rooted in Zen philosophy, signifying a state of pure awareness, where the incessant mental chatter subsides, and we’re left with an uncluttered, tranquil mind. It’s a state of being, not thinking. When we laugh wholeheartedly, we momentarily experience this state.

Ever heard of laughter yoga? It’s a delightful practice that combines laughter exercises with deep yogic breathing. The result? A room full of people laughing, not because something is funny, but because they choose to. It’s a reminder that we have the power to generate laughter, joy, and inner peace at will.

Laughter isn’t just a doorway to no-mind; it’s also a potent healer. It reduces stress, boosts the immune system, and releases endorphins, those delightful natural painkillers. It’s no wonder they say, “Laughter is the best medicine.”

Have you ever noticed how laughter is infectious? When one person starts laughing, it’s nearly impossible for others not to join in. In those moments, we experience a profound sense of unity and connectivity. Laughter binds us together and reminds us that, at our core, we’re all one.

Laughter, in its purest form, is a spiritual practice. It helps us shed our ego, worries, and anxieties. It brings us closer to the essence of our being, which is joy and bliss. In the midst of laughter, the boundaries that separate us from the divine, from each other, and from our true selves, start to blur.

Incorporating laughter into our daily life is easy. We should spend time with people who make us laugh, watch a comedy show, or simply learn to find humour in everyday situations. Don’t take life too seriously; remember that laughter is our birth-right.

Laughter is a powerful spiritual tool that helps us transcend the incessant noise of the mind. It’s a doorway to no-mind, a state of pure being, and a reminder of our innate joy and unity with all of existence. So, go ahead, laugh more, laugh often, and discover the profound wisdom hidden within the simplicity of laughter. After all, as they say, “He who laughs, lasts.”

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Girish Borkar

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