Ask and Y’all Shall Receive

I dared myself to attend a “Laughter Yoga” class and became a regular. Our weekly games, exercises, stretches, and meditation are led by a trained leader who knows all the medical reasons why laughter is good for health. “Laughter Yoga” chapters exist worldwide.

We meet Mondays. During guided meditation we are asked to thank the universe for all we have and make one request. Normally I want for nothing, but this time I asked for $300 (heating bills larger than expected). In Wednesday’s mail came an unusually early birthday gift from my mother, an unusually generous $300 check, and also — the cherry on top! — a letter forgiving a $50 parking ticket I and a dozen others received while attending a special event. We had been told where to park so as not to be ticketed; we did so and all got tickets anyway, and worse, a bill in the mail after we’d complained. As of Wednesday all our tickets were forgiven.

With the day’s mail in hand I laughed and laughed, especially at the extra $50.

This had to be the 50th or 100th time in life I’ve received deliverance on request, of all kinds from all sorts of sources, and it can’t be mere 21st-century New Age magickal claptrap. I learned some time ago that “Amen” means “So be it” and yesterday that one possible source of the word “Abracadabra” is the Aramaic phrase avra kehdabra, meaning “I will create as I speak.”