Being silly is big medicine. All cultures have known this. Laughter and the unexpected jams the overactive mind who is mostly involved in a feeding frenzy of fear trying to keep us all on the alert for doom at every turn. This continues long after any threat or perceived offense has came and went. Fear is held in the body like a coked up twenty year old. One must often physically release the hold by liberating its grip on the shoulders, relegate the breathing and relax the center of gravity in the body to be present again.
The rational mind, when unplugged by laughter and enjoyment can surrender to the creative juices and the life force to flow freely and we realign with the kind of energy we want to entertain. Hafiz takes a poke at the the implied importance of a fear based perspective in this poem, pointing out that there is always a way out of these knotty spots we tangle ourselves in. It's aided by the space laughter, joy and love afford to move the energy. Fear and love cannot coexist.
Thank you for listening.
Music: Serious fun. The importance of celebrating life in laughter and being silly cannot be understated. This is an old classic that almost everyone has seen but...
We don't care, we are not caught up your love affair....
The Lorde cover, Royals, by Puddles Pity Party (Mike Geier) featuring Post Modern Jukebox sprang to mind when writing this post. I'm sure this singer with his rich baritone voice has done other things of staggering, inspirational beauty but I'm still lingering over this old nugget. I never tire of watching it. Check him out. See this again. Be silly. Give fear something it cannot abide.
The Gift: Poems by Hafiz and translated by Daniel Ladinsky can be purchased here.