Recently, I was on queue in line to get a parking space at one of my favorite eating places. The driver behind me decided to ‘skip’ the line in order to get the next available parking space. I parked behind the ‘skipper.’ I felt annoyed. Then anger.
The ‘line cutter’ now had two options. Drive ahead to let the parked car driver out. Or, remain there to get the parking space making it a bit more difficult for the parked car driver to get out. I too had choices.
She chose to stay and the driver maneuvered successfully out of the parking space. When she got out of the car, our eyes met. Neither of us had kind eyes. I laughed later. Yeah! I laughed! It took a while, but laugh I did.
I didn’t get the parking space. There was no escalation into a verbal confrontation. Her tactics worked. I accepted the outcome and moved on. What I got instead, was something unexpected.
“Wow!” I thought. What happened is great material for Laughter Yoga.
During Laughter Yoga, participants when asked, relive scenarios that explore all types of life events that elicit different feelings and emotions.
Participants when asked, dramatize scenarios while making sounds and/or laughing. This is one, albeit, controversial way to learn acceptance of many events in life that elicit different emotions. No need to act on the emotion. No need to judge, no need to blame, no need to fix.
For a while during that day, while driving , I noticed other hurried drivers cutting in front of me. This is one aspect of driving in Austin during certain times. I took time to notice the changes in how I felt.
All of this happened before a yoga class. Speaking of parking spaces, yoga classes are great places to park when looking for emotional balance.
(1) Just the fact that you stop and take time to set an intention before the class.
(2) Keep the intention in mind during the practice.
(3)Take sanctuary in the room and on the mat during practice.
(3) End the practice with thanking yourself for taking time to for the practice.
(5) Let’s not forget the breath with the intention in mind during practice.
Speaking of laughter, there’s a really funny video that shows that cutting in line successfully is a skill that deserves respect. Even if you don’t agree, you’ll laugh at the notion. Enjoy!
If laughter and yoga isn’t enough, there is always Mr. Rogers.
What do you do with the mad that you feel?
when you feel so mad you could bite.
Know that there’s something deep inside
that helps us become what we can.