A 90 minute program for 120 inmates at “Howard Street Jail

Saturday, 21 December 2013 18:22:40Back

Robert Rivest CLYT USA: Today I did a 90 minute program for 120 inmates at “Howard Street Jail.” It is a nationally recognized co-ed minimum security drug and alcohol addiction correctional facility in Springfield MA. I shared comic mime, transformational stories from my life, breathing exercises, mindfulness meditation, tai-chi, qigong, and laughter yoga.

Today’s intention was: “Stay open, let the teachings come through you” and they did. The staff and the inmates received the material very well. They thanked me deeply for my time and one woman said “Thank you for sharing with us ways to improve our bodies and minds, we really need it to fight addiction” A young man in the back row said,”Thank you for the laughs, I have been in here a year and a half and this is the first really good laugh I have had - thank you!)

It is all about transforming energy. I am grateful for the practices I mentioned above. They have helped me transform the pain and suffering of my earlier life into positive “gifts” for healing. As a very wise man once said, “No mud, no lotus”. I am on a new path, a new road in life and I am really enjoying the lotus flowers that grow along the way - I hope you are too.  

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    I am thinking of doing a "capstone" project/report on Laughter Yoga for a Physical Therapy presentation. Have you thought of writing a book on your experience and transformation? I find it difficult to laugh, but I am going to start a few minutes a day. Thank you for visiting the prison. Good idea. I thought if I do this project I would take it to senior citizen homes/skilled nursing. Merry Christmas.

    Thursday, 26 December 2013 03:15:36

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