Healing Arts Report

Practices for an Evolving Life

They Don't Tell You How

“You need to love yourself more.” “You shouldn’t feel that way.” “Always put other people first. Don’t be selfish.” The one thing that is missing from all this good advice is telling you HOW to do it. We introduce you to practical tools using your own character traits to support you in creating practical answers to those questions. Read more here.

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Two memoirs tell about times of extreme personal growth in the author’s life. Sunny Side Up is a window into the early 70s when certain young adults were searching for a way to head off society’s path bent on materialism. The Transparent Feather tells of a dying author passing the torch of writing to her new friend cum student.

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You can love yourself and other people as well. At Healing Arts Report we explore fulfilling personal development that at the same time serves to create the shift to a peaceful new world paradigm.

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ―C.G. Jung

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Old And New Comics Who Make Me Laugh

I love to find things that make me laugh, and it’s healthier than eating. Humor was the way many of us coped with depression and sensitivity as children. It is a natural antidote. As I aged I learned that there was at least some scientific evidence for what I knew by feel. According to Cliff Kuhn, M.D., humor and positive emotions boosts the immune system, stabilizes blood pressure, massages the inner organs, stimulates circulation, and increases the flow of oxygen to muscles. All of these events counter symptoms of stress within the body.

I enjoy comedy wherever I find it and most of all when clever friends give me a humorous slant on the proceedings of our daily life. That doesn’t stop me from enjoying professional entertainers, as well.

Steven Wright is a surreal standup comic. If you’re not familiar with him, take a look at one of his routines. He speaks in a near monotone spouting a trail of one-liners with a deadpan face. “Went to a museum where they had all the arms and heads from the statues that are in the other museums.” “Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.” “I used to be a proof reader for a sky writing company.” “Sometimes you can’t hear me because sometimes I’m in parentheses.” “I bought some powdered water but I don’t know what to add.” He looks down at his shirt and says, “I lost a buttonhole.”

George Carlin was an American icon who died in 2008. He was one of the earliest counter-culture comics, along with Lenny Bruce. He said, “Inside every cynical person there is a disappointed idealist.” He first became famous by speaking, as he said, a few words that as a culture we’ve decided we won’t use all the time.

He complained that, we can use them sometimes, like when you’re chasing a crook (that &^#*# crook!), but not all the time (I caught a $#%@ cold). And no one will give you a list of what those words are. You have to say them in order to find out what they are and then you will be punished. And to complicate matters, different people have different lists, so you never can be sure.

Look at the video of my favorite classic routine of his about Stuff. Many years have passed since he wrote it, which has given us plenty of time to accumulate even more stuff, so I’m sure you’ll still find it relevant.

Recently I learned of Aisha Tyler, a black woman comic who has taken over the resurrection of Drew Carey’s old show “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” She is also one of the women on The Talk. Her humor is based on the value of failure.

Although I’m old enough to still be uncomfortable with a lot of swearing, she makes me laugh aloud. I eventually realized I’d seen her on Friends as Ross’s girlfriend and Ghost Whisperer where her roles were serious and her great humor unseen.

She’s gained renown for her comedy podcast Girl on Guy, a show about stuff that guys love. As a lifetime nerd, raised by a single father (or man-parenting as she calls it), she feels she has the appropriate qualifications for such an undertaking. I’m guessing this is also a good deal of the background for her new book, Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation.

Don’t concern yourself with whether your taste in humor is anything like mine. I just encourage you to intentionally visit your own favorites and to remember to use humor just as you would food—another way of keeping yourself nourished.

PRACTICE: You needn’t have the same sense of humor I do. Look for websites devoted to your favorite people, places, or things. Subscribe to the site’s newsletter and receive their cheery messages regularly. If it doesn’t inspire you or give you pleasure, unsubscribe.

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