Professional Training Program

Laughter Breaks Trauma’s Spell- Free CMBM Webinar

June 26, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has brought significant disability and death to every country in the world. Understandably, government and private efforts have been directed at protecting populations against infection, and enhancing and developing facilities to provide medical care for those who have been infected.  There is, however, a third dimension to the pandemic: the general health, resistance, and resilience of the people who are at risk. It is this third dimension that The Center for Mind-Body Medicine is working actively to address on an individual-, community-, and population-wide scale.

For now, as part of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s commitment to being of immediate service to our greater community, we are presenting a series of free online workshops that you can access, view, and learn from anywhere in the world. We’re calling it, “Meeting the Coronavirus Challenge: Tools to Heal Mind, Body, Spirit, and Community.

We see this as an essential service; it is an initial way we can help you navigate this trauma-heavy time with self-care techniques that balance your physiology and psychology, serve as antidotes to the fight-or-flight and stress responses, enhance your immunity,  and lighten the emotional load that all of us now carry.  What we share with you will also enhance your capacity to connect with others- even in this time of enforced social distancing.

The thirteenth free webinar in our series, “Laughter Breaks Trauma’s Spell”, will be led by CMBM Founder and Executive Director James S. Gordon, MD on Friday, June 26.

Reader’s Digest used to tell us each month that “laughter is the best medicine”. 

In this webinar, we’ll combine scientific evidence and stories with experiments with laughter to help free us from our oppressive fears and self-defeating feelings of inferiority, and inadequacy, and from that sense of righteousness and moral superiority that deprive us of the grace of humility and the ordinary joy of being alive. 

This webinar on humor is approximately 50 minutes in length, and can be viewed anytime between 8AM ET and 2PM ET on Friday, June 26. Afterward, Dr. Gordon will host a live question and answer session on our Facebook page at 3PM ET. 

For those of you who’d like to look into this subject in depth, you can visit Chapter 16, The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma.