I’m a sucker for the snappy one liner and this one from George Carlin is a cracker. And this is just the tip of the funny bone. From puns to pies in the face, the parrot sketch to shaggy dog stories, from stand-up to the Groucho put-down, there are countless things that make us giggle, snicker, titter, chuckle and plain laugh out loud.
A good sense of humour is a great asset and support on the rocky road of life. Dating sites are full of people looking for a partner with a GSOH, presumably someone who will laugh at their jokes.
Laughter is not confined to the arena of joke-telling. Experiencing something unexpected can produce laughter. We can laugh spontaneously, feeling the joy of simply being alive. Laughter is the sound of joy bubbling out of the heart.
There are medical benefits too. Neurophysiology indicates that laughter is linked with the activation of the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that produces endorphins. The old adage that laughter is the best medicine is being borne out by modern science.
There are many Fire points that can help us to access this lighter side of life. It is interesting to note that the first point of the Heart meridian lies tucked in the armpit, one of the classic places to be tickled. Another is Heart Protector 8 in the palm of the hand which we looked at earlier in the summer. I once had a series of acupuncture treatments that included this point and every time it was needled I went into fits of giggling that had me and my acupuncturist in stitches.
Another important point that can help to access the laughter of the Heart and its many other qualities is the Heart Protector point Daling – Great Mound. When there is lack of joy or deep sadness, this point is helpful, for it calms the shen, spirit of the Heart. Indeed it is a good point for any emotional stress including anxiety, hysteria, grief, fear, fright and panic. When there is a feeling of vulnerability or insecurity, or a person is suffering relationship trauma, Daling is called for.
At the physical level, Great Mound regulates the Heart and relaxes the chest. It treats palpitations caused by fright, intercostal pain, eczema and other skin conditions arising from heat. It settles the stomach and intestines. Locally it can treat tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
The classic text, TheSpiritual Pivot, described the Heart Protector as the channel that pertains to the Heart, so Daling was originally indicated as the source point of the Heart rather than Shenmen, Heart 7 which we looked at earlier. Therefore this is a powerful portal to the Heart and its qualities of joy, contentment, radiance, equanimity, love and laughter.
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Location of Heart Protector 7
The point lies in the very centre of the wrist crease on the front of the arm. It lies between the tendons of palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis.