Mindfulness and Laughter: Gaining Clarity While Giggling

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

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I was chagrined, and then annoyed, and continued to watch my response to this incident shift overrepparttar next few minutes.

Had it been funny? Of course. Were we supposed to be concentrating fully onrepparttar 118090 moment? Absolutely. Anything else would be attachment to past regrets or worries aboutrepparttar 118091 future.

Okay, so we were focusing on watching our thoughts, and this little interruption was not part of what was going on in our heads. But isn't ignoring what's happening around usrepparttar 118092 same kind of thing that gets us into trouble back inrepparttar 118093 Real World?

We go about our lives, obsessing silently, moving mindlessly, getting things done. We fail to noticerepparttar 118094 wonder and joy and beauty all around us because we are in full scowl mode aboutrepparttar 118095 things in our heads.

Well, I'm all for taking time to laugh. Give me a giggling guru over a dour taskmaster every time. The greatest guides--in business, education, and personal success--are those who encourage us to invite hilarity into our lives whenever it happens to appear.

Open your eyes torepparttar 118096 silliness around you, and laugh out loud. It's good for your heart in every way.

Maya Talisman Frost is a mind masseuse offering specialized mindfulness training in Portland, Oregon. She teaches eyes-wide-open ways to get calm, clear and creative. To subscribe to her free weekly ezine, the Friday Mind Massage, visit http://www.MassageYourMind.com

A Faux Pas Is A Mistake In A Tuxedo

Written by Rev. James L. Snyder

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I immediately scowled at my wife and demanded, "What number did you dial?"

"I dialedrepparttar number you gave me," she said rather flippantly.

"Okay," I quipped, "listen to this."

I handedrepparttar 118089 telephone back to her and watched her eyes explode and her mouth drop open. She quickly gave it back to me, but I didn't want it either.

Inadvertently, she had dialed some phone sex number. We both went torepparttar 118090 restroom to wash out our ears.

Another category, omission. This is where I get into a lot of trouble with my wife. It is not that I'm negligent but I do haverepparttar 118091 odd moment where certain bits of information are temporarily obscure from any immediate recall. Like when I go torepparttar 118092 grocery store for my wife and get everything but what she sent me for inrepparttar 118093 first place.

How this happens befoggles my mind.

Misunderstanding represents another category. I really do not understand this one. I have been accused of misunderstanding some very simple instructions from You Know Who.

I sincerely miss my understanding but for now, I'll simply overlook it.

Blunder is still another category of mistakes. In this group,repparttar 118094 mistake is rather innocent. It might be a result of some tiny oversight. After all, nobody can see and remember everything.

If there were awards for blunders, I would have a shelf full of trophies.

The list can go on and on. However, my experience as a card-carrying member ofrepparttar 118095 POP Culture brings me torepparttar 118096 conclusion thatrepparttar 118097 quintessential mistake isrepparttar 118098 faux pas. If anyone knows about mistakes, it isrepparttar 118099 French. Just saying it gives onerepparttar 118100 feeling of something tremendously special.

A faux pas is simply a mistake in a tuxedo.

A faux pas can cover any and all mistakes. A simple procedure is associated with this. When you realize that you've just committed a faux pas, place three fingers from your right hand, never your left and never four fingers although two will work fine, across your mouth while extending your pinky. Then giggle and say, "Oh, pardon my faux pas." Then roll your eyes upward.

This is most useful when in heavy traffic and you've just cut in front of another driver. Your faux pas gesture will be immediately acknowledged byrepparttar 118101 driver inrepparttar 118102 car extending a solitary digit upwards. This is merely a friendly gesture recognizing your faux pas.

Of course,repparttar 118103 superb response to every mistake is found inrepparttar 118104 Bible. "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (James 5:16 KJV.)

As someone once said, "confession is good forrepparttar 118105 soul." Do a little soul-work this week.

Rev. James L. Snyder is an award winning author and popular columnist living in Ocala, FL with his wife Martha. Snyder has written 9 books.

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