Monday, 21 May 2012

Study leave and summer???

Life unfolds in wonderous ways if you just watch, listen, learn and stop watching and move - as long as you keep your senses open to the miracles that constantly happen around us.

The rain, the grass, the trees, the sun, the bees, the flowers - the spiders that hide in the corners this time of year and make teenage girls jump and scream!

Oh yes, there is no way I ever get a chance to notice these little wonders!

The tiniest of spiders that are considered lucky - they are the young spiders that brings witness to the older spiders' productive breeding season...

In Denmark we call them 'Flying Summer' because they crawl out on branches and make a small thread which once it is long enough the wind will sweep the little spider away to new places.

Of course, it is a bit early in the season to talk about 'flying sommer' because they do not take off until late summer or early autumn.

So why mention them now?

A similar thing happens just now......

Now is the time where young people go on study leave for the final GCSE exams in their secondary school experience - next step on the way is 6th Form or college or whichever choice these amazing and talented youngsters make.

Exam time is a stressful time in a person's study no matter age and level of study - it is a testing time where we set ourselves unprecedented expectations and of course the young people in our care - we want them to do well!

How fantastic it would be to find Laughter Yoga on the curriculum for any future exam-go'er!  The way in which we can deal with stressful situations following a good set of laughter exercises has tremendous value to anyone who try this practice.

As Dr. Madan Kataria expresses it in his writings:

'Laughter is one of the finest, most economical and easy-to-practice anti-stress measures. Laughter is one of the best muscle-relaxants. Laughter expands blood vessels and sends more blood to the extremities and muscles all over the body.  A good bout of laughter also reduces the levels of stress hormones, epineprine and cortisol.'

I look forward to Laughter Yoga and Therapeutic Laughter being added to the standard learnings in all schools around the world - now THAT is a vision!

Good luck to you all!

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