Humor and spirituality: Let go and let God

Oops, my karma ran over your dogma.

How do you make God laugh? Tell him your plans.

Q: How much “ego” do you need?
A: Just enough so that you don’t step in front of a bus.

Dear Lord, protect me from your followers!

Life is long but time is short. We take ourselves way too seriously far too often. Sometimes, the injection of a little humor into a situation can result in a lessening of tension not only for others but for ourselves as well.

The quieting reflex is an exercise that consists simply of alleviating your stress by relaxing, breathing deeply, smiling and saying a little mantra that can shift your mood from one of anger and annoyance to one of calmness and peace in as little as 6 seconds. That can be the time it takes you to stop yourself from saying something you might regret or stopping a stressful situation from becoming worse than it has to be.

The phrase, “Let go and let God” is not necessarily connected to one religion or one spiritual practice, it can be applied to any concept of a greater good outside of or inside of one’s Self, something larger that one can invoke in order to allow one’s self to release the energy of tension that is built up during the processes of fear expression and its symptoms, anger, depression, regret and worry. These processes often become ingrained into our daily behavior to such an extent that we are not even aware that we seem stressed or tense, while, to others, it is as plain as the grim expression on our faces or the lack of emoticons in the words we write.

Let go of the stress in the moment, caused by that situation, people or person that upset you. Breath deep and smile. Consciously attempt to manifest the exact opposite emotional state to that which you are currently experiencing. In life’s situations or as you are reading this, allow your face to relax, your body. Smile. Don’t be critical. Laugh, if you can.

Make the choice NOT to be ruled by your emotions. Recognize that it is possible, that it truly is a choice.

In life, as you go about your days and nights, choose to internalize the habit of quieting yourself in moments of stress before responding. Choose not to take offense. Choose to apologize or end the fight. Choose to find some kind of compromise or choose to walk away altogether. Wait till later or don’t respond at all, the world won’t end if we take the higher road.

All of this said in recognition of the reality that measured and controlled aggression can indeed sometimes be the correct response to a situation. Just not all the time.

Time is long but life is too short to fight ALL THE TIME. You’ll find your lifespan much shorter than it should be and the quality of it much lower than it should be unless you make the conscious decision NOT to take yourself so seriously.



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