Being light-hearted on this human journey…………..
They say laughter is the best medicine……would we,could we have a little laugh/smile at ourselves sometime?
Along the path of life we tend to get serious about life’s burdens and varied hardships.We push ourselves as hard as we can to make life look seemingly tolerable and manageable….yet in truth we know of the disturbances/uneasiness going on within the being.
So some of us are clever to hide behind a false facade…..we learn to protect our identity….so we portray ourselves as funny, full of humour,making everything into a joke or fun.Can we really do that all the time with everything and with everyone?When we try to please others to appear like we are happy and wanting to project that ‘happiness’ towards them,are we looking to be liked and popular and validated……?
Can that wanting to be liked,’loved’ be a sort of addictive inclination?There is also that tendency to poke fun at others, making fun at the vulnerability and’timidity’of others…..laughing at others in order to put them down and to derive selfish satisfaction for ourselves.
But then on the inner side of that funny facade there is a hardness, a toughness, a rigidity that cannot soften ….the cycle goes round and round in endless circle that cannot be broken….so they handle themselves callously with dealing in difficult and challenging situations almost to the point with a negligent,’devil may care’ attitude.
It is not to say that we cannot be funny or have humour in our lives or on the other hand that we must be always serious with everything we do in life…..that seriousness too will become unbearably hard on our psyche,almost fanatical,it will also be hard
for others to tolerate being close to us….
We are not on our journey in life to wear masks(pretenses) especially not the masks of comedy and tragedy.We are not here to please others by being a comedienne,neither are we to bring others down with our unhappiness.There is nothing wrong with having a little entertainment to make us smile and uplifted but not at the expense of others or ourselves being hurt by it.
However as we journey on the human road, no matter what,whether we believe/follow a religion or deemed to call ourselves atheists/agnostic we are on a spiritual quest….to opening our hearts to love,to be human, to be compassionate and relate to the joys and sufferings of each other,helping growth towards goodness.
While we are on this earthly travels, we can practise having a lightness of being towards ourselves…seeing ourselves with a clear honesty,seeing our flaws and mistakes, foolishness and guilts…..then instead of being hardened,critical and judgemental by our faults,we can have a little humour with ourselves to bring tenderness to that difficult part,so we can get thru it and hold ourselves in courage and spiritual valor!Practising this light-heartedness prevents us from running away from our true self,so we can stand bravely and face it with some self humour.Sometimes it is not easy to find that humour and sometimes it comes so naturally to laugh or smile at oneself when looking into our idiosyncrasies.
In my own self searching walk within myself…….I saw so many of my failed endeavours,fearfulness, foolish reveries, terrible mistakes, faults, regrets and painful memories filled with guilts and shame,…..then sometimes, automatically a smile would surface from within and sometimes I would laugh heartily to see my own past foolishness.It is as though,I was looking at somebody else,not me, could I have been capable of such awful things?It is as though everything was becoming lighter because of my courage to look into them,to face them and come to know them.
By smiling and laughing at oneself ,the heart lightens,it acts like a soft mattress so the hardknocks of facing the truths are buffered.Smiling and laughing at one’s own self also helps create simplicity and self playfulness to be able to withstand the hard realities of life,it helps to not make life so grave and grim.
Laughing and smiling at oneself as well with others along the spiritual path is a way of also having simplistic pleasure and enjoyment so that the continuing journey is not one of doom and gloom and it helps with the painting of a beautiful picture of oneself to notice that we can smile and show sincere happiness when facing harsh truths….it then becomes the practising of opening to inner joy……….and that joy will extend outwards……..I like laughing heartily and smiling amusingly………it comes from the surrendered simplicity and joy of my heart!