Why do we laugh …
… with the unexpectedly familiar. What is that funny thing we call humor. We see something that in real life would make us cry or suffer, but some pun at the end makes us laugh and shows us the relativity of everything. We are taken out of mindset. We are perhaps taken out of Mind for just one moment.
Let me explain; I got inspired by the following:
The lawn mower had been broken and Mary continued nagging Elliot about it. But Elliot always had an excuse, be it car wash, go fishing, out with friends. So one day she planned to make him feel guilty, and started cutting the lawn with a pair of kitchen scissors. In stead of feeling guilty, he brought her a toothbrush and said: “If you are ready with the grass, can you clean the driveway?”
This is how the argument started.
The classic calendar joke would have stopped after Elliot’s question, and we might have smiled. But the fun is concentrated in the last dry sentence “This is how the argument started”. (in the video: “This is not my dog”) It is not funny to go one step further than the other party in a mental fight (the toothbrush). But being familiar with an argument, that starts with an ordinary and stupid remark, and which usually makes us suffer in one or more ways, we recognize ourselves in the situation. That moment of recognition creates the release and the laughter. That moment of recognition is an interrupt. At that moment, the goose is temporarily out.
So can’t we let the laughter continue in one way or the other?
Sometimes we are getting the giggles, a bout of laughter, and we cannot get out of it. Bloopers are often made on this subject. And it is contagious. Is this being out of mind for a longer time?
Here is a great collection of comedy. Watch some of these and experiment yourself:
I personally enjoyed this one:
… and many more.
There is a lot of comedy available, but that comedy that will make you bend double with laughter, is required for this experiment. A smile is not enough, a LOL is not enough either. You have to roll on the floor for this experiment! Want to do better: watch some of these together with 5 people who appreciate the same kind of humor, and bring some potato chips and some root beer. Then play some kind of Pokemon: “Got to watch them all.”
I guarantee you, that when you are rolling on the floor from laughter (even in front of your computer) that mind is as far away as you can possibly imagine. Mind cannot laugh. It can only smile, a faked smile. A real smile does not come from mind, it comes from the heart.
Now try to observe yourself when in ‘the giggles’. Do you have thoughts? Do you identify with mind?
What I see, and it really made me laugh a lot more for a very long time, is that there is no mind when in ‘the giggles’.
So we (you and I) found mindlessness, stillness. And you feel very happy about it!
(>> Don’t forget, we need one more ingredient for happiness: Love-Compassion)
A strange stillness is this, not that stillness that we imagine would happen when sitting on a carpet for 7 days.
Not mindfulness either, mindlessness! A peaceful state, A happy state, that everyone on earth is able to experience.
This is not enlightenment, not even awakening, but it is a taste of it. A taste of the wonderful world of happiness that is always available. A couple of weeks ago, while pondering identification with mind, I experienced disidentification, and this was accompanied by relentless laughter from deep inside me. Perhaps dangerous when driving the car I found myself in and overspeeding.
So this is where the carpet becomes important: be seated, take a pillow in your hands, put your foot on a tin can of beans, and drive 200mph.
But this release of identity does not have to come from meditation or logical pondering, just watch the best comedy available, and stay there.
Perhaps this is even related to the laughing Buddha?
How long do your giggles last? If it is less than 40 seconds, you have to try again, If you do more than 5 minutes, your batteries are loaded for at least 24 hours.