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Negative emotions are anhedonic. Not only do turmoil, fear, panic, depression, anger, boredom, guilt, worry, self-pity, or distress of any kind, block pleasure, enjoyment, fun, and true mirthful laughter, they can interfere with healing, too.*
“The Symptoms of Inner Peace” is an inspiration that came to nurse and spiritual teacher, Saskia Davis. I was astonished and delighted to discover recently that she published it in March of 1984. There must have been quite a vortex of good energy that year because it’s the same month and year I felt called to explore, learn, and teach about humor and laughter as therapeutic allies.
Soon after that calling, I found Davis’ list. It became a useful set of guideposts for my spiritual and psychological growth through, as she puts it, “the discipline to live the choices listed there.” Many of my psychotherapy patients found this list helpful as a way to estimate where they were on their personal path to well-being.
If you are on the path of having more humor, laughter and well-being in your life, you might like it, too.
If you have some or all of the above symptoms, be advised that your condition of inner peace may be too far advanced to be curable. If you are exposed to anyone exhibiting any of these symptoms, remain exposed only at your own risk. © 1984
*A more complete discussion of this concept can be found in my webinar, “EMOTIONAL EDUCATION: FEELINGS – Understanding Emotions to Enhance Well-Being”
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