Laughter Yoga International : Dr.Kataria's Diary Meet the Founders of Laughter Yoga Life Has No Meaning – We Put A Meaning To Life Have you ever wondered why we react in different ways to a same situation, under different circumstances? Why at times we complain about something and the next time the same thing becomes pleasurable? Strange, but true. Let me explain by narrating an incident which took place some time ago. One morning, while taking a walk, a small pebble got into my shoe and started hurting me. It was quite an What You Say Is The Way Have you ever wondered that when you think something will go wrong; it actually does and on the contrary when you believe that everything will be alright; everything does turns out to be well. Let me tell you why this happens. Long time ago, I saw a Bollywood film “Three Idiots” and loved the theme song, which very strongly conveyed the message “All Is Advertise Your Weaknesses Every person has a fair share of strengths and weaknesses, but very few have the courage to talk about their weaknesses. It is understandably difficult to open up and admit to one’s faults and try to rectify them. Sometimes, we go through our entire life hiding our weaknesses, which most often is detrimental for our self esteem. Therefore, it is important to primarily accept our fau Lessons Learned From Daisy Almost all of us, at some time in our life, have been bothered by constant provocation and pestering by some people leading to absolutely infuriating situations hard to deal with. You will find yourself getting sucked into a vortex of negativity and frustration. So how does one deal with it? Either one has to give in or resort to helpless reasoning, which most times does not work. Even as I dwe Laughter & Silence - Spiritual Retreats in India A new self-awareness program has been developed by Dr. Madan Kataria, MD, based on an age-old Indian wisdom stating that life is like a house with five rooms, those being - self, family, work, social and spiritual. If your life is to be balanced, every room needs to be well cared for and in order. Dr. Kataria used this spiritual approach to spread the laughter mission worldwide. With hardly any So What? The Mantra For Happiness Have you ever cast aside your troubles and said, ‘so what?’ Have you ever shunned your self pity and said, ‘so what?’ perhaps, never. I want to share a very inspiring lesson I learnt from a street dog which helped me go through difficulties of life. It was around the year 1996, I found myself going through rather low ebb of life. Faced wit Life Is An Illusion (Mirage) In school while studying physics I learnt about optical illusions, which trick us into perceiving something differently than it actually exists. These illusions show us one thing in a picture, while someone else may see something entirely different in the same picture. There are many instances where we can see certain things, but on closer inspection realize that it was not really what we saw. In Achieving Emotional Balance through Spirituality Depression, sadness, anger, frustration, drug addiction and alcoholism all stem from an inability to effectively deal with life's problems and an inability to express pent-up emotions. This is caused by our having too many wants and desires, and unrealistic expectations of comforts and pleasures, and an expected sense of gratification. To deal with emotions we need to understand how our thin How can you laugh when you don't feel like laughing? When I was in Berlin on 14th October 2006 for the European Laughter Yoga Conference, a newspaper journalist asked me how you can laugh if you are not in a mood to laugh? I am asked this question often by people all over the world. Here is the answer. I have observed in laughter yoga sessions around the world that at the start of the session people are often, for a host of different reasons, n Spirituality is Available for All Everyone has needs and wants, and we are all striving to lead happy and fulfilling lives. We do what we can to achieve our goals, but sometimes even our best efforts are not enough. The brain is a powerful and impressive force, but it is also vulnerable and limited, and cannot solve every problem. This is when connecting to a higher power or spirituality can be helpful.We are born spiritual being Why do we need Spirituality? The basic fact is that human beings want to be happy and do not want any pain or suffering. We all have different needs and desires, which if unfulfilled, can lead to a stressful situation. As we try to achieve these goals, many a times we find ourselves frustrated and helpless. This hampers the accomplishment of happiness and creates anxiety and constant nervous tension. It is then, that the peo Spirituality Means Oneness with One and All It is very hard to give a simple definition of spirituality. Everything in the universe: human beings, animals, plants, environments, planets, in fact all living or non living material objects - are a part of universal consciousness which is a constant flow of energy. Our life as human beings is a part of the cycle of this universe. Our birth is a transition of some form of energy into human Spirituality is Like Logging onto the Internet It is very hard to give a simple definition of spirituality. I have been struggling to understand spirituality all my life and to find a simple way to describe it. Recently I was thinking about how the Internet has changed our lives and this parallel came to me: The entire universe is an intelligent creation - the way it works is in itself a miracle. Consider for example the human body: an eg Happiness Formula From Gandhi M K Gandhi needs no introduction. He is one of the heroes I worship. He has given me strength and courage to live a life full of purpose and meaning. I learned from him that if you follow the path of truth; you have nothing to fear. Truth and love are the two invincible powers of the Universe. He also taught me that selflessness is fearlessness. Any person who is not focused on the self, has noth Attachments In Life Stops Us From Laughing In Laughter Clubs, we laugh for no reason, to get the multifold benefits of laughter and yogic breathing on the body and mind. In addition to the physical and mental benefits, we also try to identify the various factors in our life which stop us from laughing. We discovered five major roadblocks, taken from Indian scriptures, which have proved as the biggest challenges or obstacles on our way to Laughter Yoga - A Spiritual Approach Towards Non-Violence These are just my thoughts on how a simple thing like becoming a vegetarian can help dissipate violent thoughts and negative emotions. Almost all great spiritual leaders in the world have spoken against violence and have endorsed non-violence in daily living and thinking. As Laughter Yoga is based on unconditional love and an inner spirituality of a sort, it can be an important tool to dispel des Leading People From Behind It was some years ago in Hamburg, Germany, I was interviewed by a journalist writing an article for a business journal. Towards the end of the interview, she asked me how I managed to spread the Laughter Clubs in so many countries. How did I manage people and how many people did I have in my office. She was really surprised when I said, “I don't manage people. In fact, that is the Laughter Yoga Is All About Joy It took me 40 years to understand the difference between happiness and joy, but you can know this difference in just minutes of reading this article. Happiness vs Joy : Happiness is conditional response subject to fulfillment of your desires. We are happy when we get what we want. This means that our happiness depends upon outside conditions. In contrast, joy is your unconditional commitment How To Stop Negative Thinking Our mind has a tendency to brood over the past and slip into the future. This is the reason people are sad and worried most of the time. It brings up a chain of negative thoughts to our mind and when we emotionally react to these thoughts; our body feels drained and fatigued. We seldom enjoy life as we either stay in the past or future; hardly ever in the present moment. The best way to be in t Breath Connect Meditation I would like to share with you a very powerful technique called breath connect meditation. I have been using this technique for almost 15 years and it has helped me to connect with people all over the word in a mysterious way. In fact, this has been the core of my communication with laughter leaders and teachers around the world who are helping me to spread the mission of laughter. It is a simp Value Of Discipline And Restraint When we talk about discipline or restraint, most people think it means no freedom. Man craves to be free; it is apparent one feels good with freedom, but freedom without discretion invariably leads to chaos and anarchy. Freedom and discipline are two sides of the same coin. One without the other loses its meaning. Therefore, a good balance is needed between the two. While discipline is control; Any Shit In Your Life- A Step Forward To Greatness Merv Neal from Melbourne, Australia has always been a great help in spreading the laughter movement. We share our moments of highs and lows and inspire each other in good times and bad. Last month, he wrote an e-mail saying he was invited to appear on a popular reality show on TV called ‘The Apprentice.’ He was also asked to conduct a Laughter Yoga workshop for the sho Your True Identity Have you ever lied to yourself and tried to evade the truth? Have you ever discovered your true identity in the midst of different roles one plays in life? It is difficult. In this story I'm going to share with you what I learnt from one of my spiritual masters in India about who I am and what is my true identity? We have two personalities within us – An actor and a spectator. T Laugh At Your Own Self -- A Value Based Exercise A major problem we face today is that we have become overly sensitive to what people say. We always give a meaning to the words, even though the person might not have meant what we interpreted. This hurts, and we keep on suffering. This happens because of the ego mind and one of the best ego busting exercise we do in laughter clubs is to laugh at your own self. Laughing at your own self does no Hundred Meters Wisdom Based on the age old wisdom that life is like a house with five rooms, the new program Laughter and Silence retreat launched in Melbourne was a great success and helped to provide deep insights into one’s inner self. Contemplation in silence transcends the conscious and judging mind and unfolds the layers of the subconscious mind to help people realize their true nature and focus on