Meditation…and a Good Laugh

Meditation is good for you. So is laughter.

Meditation is good for you. So is laughter.

Research has found laughter not only feels good, it is good for you. The Mayo Clinic tells us that there are both short term and long term benefits to laughter.

We don’t often think of laughter and meditation as complementary. We may even think of meditators as dour. But that would be inaccurate. The Dalai Lama himself has taught about the importance of laughter. Indeed, he calls himself a “professional laugher.”

For those drawn to meditation and kibbitzing, this is very good news indeed!

Here’s a good laugh from “Old Jews Telling Jokes” and then please join us this Saturday morning at 9 a.m. for meditation!

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Rabbi Mark Sameth is the spiritual leader of Joyful Judaism: Pleasantville Community Synagogue an inclusive, progressive synagogue – with members from twenty towns, villages and cities all across Westchester. Read The New York Times article. Weekly meditation at the synagogue every Saturday morning at 9 am is open to the public. Everyone – without exception - is welcome and warmly invited.

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