Duration: 20 minutes
Instructions: Sit comfortably in a chair and close your eyes. Allow yourself to take in long, deep breaths and notice the sensation of the air entering your lungs and exiting again. As you do this, feel your body begin to relax into the chair. Notice any tension or stress that may be held in your muscles, and allow it to slowly melt away with each breath.
Imagine a situation that made you laugh recently—it could be something you experienced, heard about, or watched. Picture all the details of this experience—the people involved, their reactions, and the way it felt when you laughed. Take a few moments to truly immerse yourself in this scene.
Now allow yourself to actually laugh out loud from your belly—even if it’s just a small chuckle at first! Feel the vibrations in your chest as you laugh; notice how good it feels! You can also generate some laughter by imagining new funny scenarios or making silly noises out loud if you need some help getting there. Allowing yourself to be spontaneous here is encouraged!
As you continue laughing, pay attention to how it feels physically as well as mentally. Notice how any lingering tension and stress starts dissolving away with each laugh; how invigorating yet calming this experience is; how expansive it makes you feel inside; how light and carefree it can make life seem.
Allow yourself to stay immersed in these feelings for a few moments before allowing them to subside gradually back into stillness until all that remains is your normal breathing pattern once again. When ready, open your eyes and come back into the room—content with what has been experienced within this mindful laughter meditation today!
After retiring from professional soccer, Ryu decided to help teach other athletes the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. Implementing these techniques during performance helped him significantly and now Ryu would like to share this knowledge with the world.