It’s been a tough year – indeed a tough decade. On saying goodbye to the first decade of the new century – 2000 to 2009 – called ‘the worst decade ever’, can we look forward to better times?
We have suffered with more terrorist attacks than ever, more natural and man made disasters, more political blunders on a global scale, the worst economic collapse for 70 years, and more dramatic and fatal events than normal, in the new year and the decade everything would seem to be an improvement. These events or developments have had a tremendous impact – mostly negative – on all of us. Of course, there have been positive developments in science, technology, culture, entertainment and society but the negative happenings outnumber and outweigh them. These ‘soft’ developments that made our lives more comfortable, perhaps more enjoyable. However, the negatives shook us all and brought us near a global war a number of times.
Global politics remain volatile. Iran, Iraq, Israel, Afghanistan and North Korea simmer as political tinderboxes. Obama and Osama will dominate the new year and perhaps the new decade. The threat of war will continue to haunt the world. Terrorism is the main concern. As the major governments crack down on terror groups, they become more vicious, sophisticated and thus more lethal. These groups are always at an advantage as they choose the time, place and mode of their attacks while the governments have to be on the alert all the time and everywhere – an almost impossible task.
So what with the terrorist attacks, financial meltdown, natural and man-made disasters, climate change, the threat of chemical, biological and nuclear war, the list is endless, how are you to greet the New Year and the New Decade?
The whole scene is so grim that laughter can be the only response to this crazy and chaotic world we live in. Only laughter can be the real antidote to survive another year. Starting on 1 January, hundreds of Osho lovers will confront the New Year and the New Decade with a Laughter Week to make light of this whole topsy-turvy situation.
Osho says, “Laughter is far more sacred than prayer, because prayer can be done by any stupid person; it does not require much intelligence. Laughter requires intelligence, it requires presence of mind, a quickness of seeing into things. Laughter to me is prayer. Serious faces are ill faces. Never go towards God seriously; go laughing and dancing, and your prayer will be heard… and your thank-you will reach to the address. Remember it always: the deeper your laughter, the deeper will become your prayer. If you can dance, you have entered the shrine, you have come close to God.”
“Laughter is not irreligious,” says Osho, “Laughter is one of the most evolved Phenomena in human life. No other animal can laugh, it is only man; it is only man who can laugh. Let your laughter be your only prayer. Let your joy be your only offering. Love life! Love small things! Don’t miss a single moment. Go on getting more and more joyful, and you will find God is coming to you more and more.”
Osho has devised a ‘laughing technique’. Practised every morning upon awakening, He says, it will change the whole nature of your day. If you wake up laughing, you will soon begin to feel how absurd life is. Nothing is serious: even your disappointments are laughable, even your pain is laughable, even you are laughable.”
When you wake up in the morning, before opening your eyes, stretch like a cat. Stretch every part of your body. Enjoy the stretching; enjoy the feeling of your body becoming awake, alive. After three or four minutes of stretching, with your eyes still closed, laugh. For five minutes of just laugh. At first you will be doing it, but soon, the sound of your very attempt to laugh will cause a genuine laughter. Lose yourself in laughter. This technique may take several days before you are really able to do it. We are not accustomed to laughing; we have forgotten what has been the easiest thing to do. But keep trying soon it will be spontaneous. And then, every morning, enjoy! That is the best way to face the new year and the decade – with a laugh!
Source by Kul Bhushan