Monday, June 18, 2018
Spoken to me, at 11 years of age, I had no idea of its military origin, but understood the terrible meaning. Behave, or end up somewhere else much worse. The second part of the threat solidified that idea. “Or we’ll move away and leave you behind.”
* It is a phrase of World War II in America when armed forces first used this command. It suggested that the sailors, soldiers or marines are warned to adapt according to the rules and regulations or rightfully perform their tasks they are supposed to, if they are to stay in the field otherwise they would be expelled or sent to back zone. Later the phrase was expanded to include all areas in which improvement and performances were demanded.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Here is Last year's video—when I couldn't get out for World Laughter Day—reposted for those of you who can't get to a local celebration. Laughter is the universal language that can enhance peace, personal well being and physical health.
Join me on Friday, May 11, 2018 at Paint the Mall Purple - A Recovery & Mental Health Awareness Event at Freehold Mall in Freehold, New Jersey. I'll be speaking about Laughter Wellness at 5:30 PM. Let's laugh together for the health of it!
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
The pain was no laughing matter – not like hitting your “funny bone” or tripping over some invisible thing on the sidewalk. Not even like the old slipping-on-a-banana-peel routine. This was full-on get-me-to-the-ER-on-time pain. As a Laughter Wellness Instructor I felt betrayed by the “laughter is the best medicine” philosophy. What was so funny about this?
|Hospital Still Life ©2018 Noreen Braman|
MRIs are not technically painful, but can be uncomfortable and anxiety inducing. I’ve developed my own form of meditation to calm myself and keep from moving. Using a laughter yoga chant, I take a deep breath and begin to recite “Ho Ho Ha Ha” in my mind. Memories of groups I have lead in this dancing chant exercise fill my mind and I can actually feel the joyful, creative movement. If headphones with music are available, I request something lively, and keep my chant in time to the music. If not, I try to keep time with the percussive jazz sounds of the MRI machine. Beeps, buzzes, thumps and bangs. I imagine Buddy Rich or the Blue Man Group drumming on the outside of the MRI tube, and it takes some of the scariness out of the cacophony.
|Hospital Window View ©2018 Noreen Braman|
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Monday, April 23, 2018
|Photo ©2018 Noreen Braman www.noreensdigitaldreams.com|
Thoughts After a 9/11 Memorial 5k
Cushioned socks and sneakers
to take me 3.2 miles
on a clear sky, sunny day
Staircases descended by those in fear
staircases ascended by the calm and brave
all who expected to see sunrise the next day
Upward looks take in the new building
far gazes behold Liberty
internally, visions of dust and debris
swirl in the mist of remembrance.
Walking in the shadows of restoration
much more that the raising of skyscrapers
powerless to raise the dead
the rebuilding of life is the duty
©2018 Noreen Braman