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  • Writer's pictureLauren L. Murphy

Thin Space No. 46: Try Silliness

The Question

When was the last time you did something silly?


The Intention



The Meditative Moment

I do not gravitate toward silly things. And yet, there’s a great release that comes from silliness. The abandon, the release, the freedom, the catharsis, the nonjudgment. Anxiety—and sometimes grieving—strips us of our silliness. Because being silly means you can’t necessarily control the outcome, which is absolutely not okay when you’re anxious. But if you’re in the space for it, try some silliness. Hopscotch. Run like Phoebe. Dance badly. Frolic. Paint with your fingers. Play with your food. Make silly noises with your mouth. Make silly faces in the mirror while you get ready in the morning. See if your shoulders feel a bit softer when you’re done.

Waves crashing

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