SHəˈnanəgənz/ (love these upside down əəəəəəəəəəəəəəəəəəəəəəs)
(def) a form of Silly or high-spirited behavior; mischief
I have to tell you, yesterday I was feeling shenaniganish. High-spirited. Downright silly. The energy was deliriously fun. Light. Playful. Happy. And completely grounded in reality, in the here of the only thing that exists. Now.
In my yoga class, as the teacher guided us in a short meditation, I found myself smiling, deeply smiling. You know the kind of smile that reaches up from down in your belly? The kind of smile that smiles you, where you know you are being smiled.
Sometimes spirit feels deep, beautiful, loving, compassionate.
Sometimes it feels like a pixie wanting to spread general mirth and silliness.
Sometimes it just laughs and laughs and laughs at the insanity of the ego’s circular substantiation of itself.
For some time now, I’ve felt like it’s so hard/wrong/inappropriate to be happy, playful, even shenaniganish in the face of so much pain and suffering in the world. You know what I mean?
This is a place of ‘stretch’ for me. Most people that know me see me as pretty serious. I can so totally be that.
I can also fall into this place of playfulness, and when I do I lap it up like a kitten given milk. It feels decadent and free.
Compassion, forgiveness, love, understanding, acceptance, fierceness, enough-is-enoughness are being called for, again and again. Yet, maybe, just maybe, what might bring some of those lovely things more available to us all is a bit of old-fashioned playfulness. Humor. Yes, even shenanigans – that high-SPIRITED behavior, or behaviour for all my canadian readers!
Just a thought… a thought that floated away with another belly smile.