Laughology leader Stephanie Davies has never been able to resist the lure of the stage, so when she discovered she had been booked to appear in Drury Lane; the heart of London’s West End theatreland, she practically wet herself with excitement.
Sadly however, her ambitions for a leading role in the latest Lloyd-Webber were dashed. Instead, the booking was for a twilight session with the teachers of St Clement Danes Church of England Primary School, located in the famous theatrical street. Stephanie didn’t mind of course, because she got to work with some wonderful people delivering a session on Mindfulness.
Now, we understand Mindfulness is the buzzword of the moment. It often seems like you can’t throw out an ohmmm without it echoing off a Tibetan prayer bowl and into a celebrity mindfulness book or yogic mindfulness class. Which is why at Laughology, while we are big fans of mindfulness and all the good things it does, we do our mindfulness slightly differently. We include happy minds in our mindfulness practice, which concentrates on being thankful, looking for the positives in life and focusses on happy thoughts. The session delivers practical techniques that can be used in the classroom and for teachers. The feedback from the school was that it helped people realised how to use mindfulness in everyday lessons in a realistic way, as well as busting some of the myths and cynicism about the practicalities of mindfulness.