Choose Humor, Not Drama

The previous Inspirational Luminaries on this site are a tough act to follow. They have clearly already covered the spiritual essentials, so what could I possibly offer that would be new or different?

Many years ago, a workshop leader’s response to my perpetual misery and unusually high aptitude for suffering was to advise me to “Spend six months in Disneyland and watch Saturday morning cartoons every week.” He was trying to cure me of taking the drama of my life too seriously.

There was my answer: humor! There is a distinct dearth of mirth on these pages. Zero laughter from the rafters. And as Wavy Gravy (emcee of Woodstock) once said, “If you don’t have a sense of humor, it just isn’t funny.”

The driving force of the Way of Humor is definitely not to get enlightened, or to attract what you want through manipulating your thoughts, or even to improve yourself one tiny little bit! The fact that you are already completely okay as you are is a given. That’s where we start from, not hope to get to someday, if we play our spiritual cards right.

The primary teaching and only injunction of the Way of Humor is quite simple:

LIGHTEN UP!

If we are not laughing at the utter absurdity of this upside-down, mad and crazy world, and at our own foibles in the midst of all the Chaos and Mystery, then we are off track. But if we but follow, like gingerbread crumbs, the trail of deep belly laughs, chuckles, giggles and guffaws, it will surely guide us home to our birthright as Divine Tricksters, Benign Comedians and Entertaining Emissaries of Joy, hearty participants in life providing comic relief everywhere we go, and carrying a seltzer bottle at all times. (If you meet the Buddha on the road, squirt him!)…Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.

Eliezer Sobel is a workshop leader and the author of Blue Sky, White Clouds: A Book for Memory-Challenged Adults, Why I Am Not Enlightened, and more.

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64 comments

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson2 years ago

this actually helps with my son too. instead of freaking out over messes or accidents, find humor in it! It makes for a much lighter, happier household :)

Geoff Price
Past Member 3 years ago

Easier said than done

Jeanne M.
Jeanne M.3 years ago

Share a joke, but please keep the drama private.

Andy Kadir-buxton

Some laughter therapists have found that just making the noise of laughter without finding anything funny to laugh at is enough to improve health. The body cannot differentiate which is which. I have been interested in humour since a child and find it to be the next best thing to being in love, and have come up with two inventions that give a large dose of laughs without the need of wit to start it off. The first is based on two warnings I got as a child not to put alcohol into a 'Soda Stream', and not to drink alcohol through a straw. I decided that I would try both at the same time to see what happened. Wine was put into the Soda Stream, which then added CO2. When drunk through a straw hysterical laughter ensue, and when the laughter subsides you feel much better than you did before you started.

The second way to achieve hysterical laughter is to blow one lung full of cigarette smoke into a party balloon, and then to hyperventilate with the balloon. Again laughter ensues and you feel much better for the experience. Both of these methods of improving emotional well being are legal at the moment, although I have had balloons confiscated by the British police on several occasions. (The Masonic Lodge is not the most fun filled religion that I have come across.) However, if you do not drink or smoke I do not recommend that you start by using these laughter makers, just put on an old 'Monty Python' film.

Marie W.
Marie W.3 years ago

Dislike Drama Kings and Queens.

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

great article

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

Oh, and drama only hastens your demise!

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

Couldn't agree more...The old saying "You had better laugh, cuz you ain't getting out of here alive" holds so true!

Ron B.
Ron B.3 years ago

Lighten up? Absolutely!---when appropriate. It will help keep you sane while having to live in an insane world.

Nimue Pendragon

Laughter is the best medicine :)