This week I saw a double rainbow. To be honest, I can totally get why this is a sight that gets people going. Admittedly I felt blissed-out, revved up and ready for the world. I definitely wasn’t as awestruck as the lovely fellow in the now famous Yosemite Park double rainbow video (a must watch on You-Tube by the way), but the seed was there. There is just some things in life that bring a tear to your eye and a big goofy smile to your face. My dogs were the only witnesses as I had one of my many moments of feeling one with the universe and all things, looking up at the rainbow to discover my friend the bald eagle soaring beside my car. Yes, indeed, cheesy as it may sound, beauty and joy is all around us if we can just open our eyes and see it.
Perhaps this should be included in my ever growing list of why I love animals. While many humans start to consider blissed-out moments as silly or immature after a certain age, animals are never scared to stop partaking in these little pieces of joy. For example, this evening, it was obvious that those pieces of salmon skin were little bits of heaven for my dogs. How many of us wish that our faces could look peaceful like that when we nap, if we even allow ourselves to nap anymore? It doesn’t get much more blissful than a dog happily running in their sleep after some fabulous little imaginary rodent.
So how often do you “let” yourself express what you’re truly feeling, especially if it’s joy? I’m talking no alcohol or stimulants, just pure uninhibited “amazingness”. Think black lab in the ocean with his favourite stick, horses racing headlong across an expansive meadow, hawks soaring unencumbered through the blue, dolphins spinning and playing in the surf. Got the picture?
When did we stop? Why? Perhaps because you felt like someone might judge you? Might look down on you for enjoying yourself? My final question is this. Is stopping your expression and your enjoyment for these reasons worth it?
Here’s what I know. As human beings, believe it or not, our natural state is joy. When we are in it, we can’t help but be more healthy as our body is operating in a more expansive manner, which means everything is working better. For one reason or another, we move away from this state into other more contracted states, such as anxiety, fear or anger. These are all natural and necessary as well, but only to allow us to continue to exist, by majority, in a state of joy. This is why laughter is so healing. When we laugh we can’t possibly continue to be stuck in any unhealthy emotion. It’s like it shakes things loose. So here’s your healing homework. Giggle. Wherever you are just begin. The great thing with giggling is that is in contagious, so pretty soon everyone will be giggling and there won’t be anyone (except the real tough nuts) to judge your behaviour. And really, that’s not about you anyway.
So once again, take a little lesson from our dear furry friends. Let loose, play, be inspired and dream of amazing and wonderful things. Beauty, as always, is in everything.
Alexa Linton, is a Certified Bodytalk Practitioner, a Kinesiologist, Reiki Practitioner and an Equine Sport Therapist.