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Id say close to 70ish people happened to hang out in the mall before and after the designated 7:22pm starting time (hmm I wonder if the “organizer chose that number since it added up to 11?). Perhaps it was me but there was something about the energy before and afterwards  and during the laughing that was quite cool…. was like a big party… seeing the most people I knew (Ive only been here since September) all together…almost like being giddy (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Giddy-Institute/160616640651680).. a heightened sensitivity and graciousness that allowed for an almost non-self consciousness and permanent smilingness to appear…

First there were two groups unbeknownst to each other at opposite ends and within 5 minutes they met and with eager excitement someone started it off by doing the inuit pointing game… and then within seconds a whole group was pointing and laughing… at first it was happening in a concentrated area and then slowly spread to the artists under the bright lights of their community painting who happily and laughingly joined in with the mirth… I moved from end to end laughing at the edges feeling that interesting point where if I had gone too far off I felt a bit estranged and ridiculous and then found myself moving back into the “fold” as it were of laughing smiling faces… and then I moved to the other side and stretched to include others and felt that similar point of reaching a bit farther than what was “comfortable”… Wow 5 minutes is a long time to laugh with strangers who didn’t seem like strangers as well… To welcome into the unknown such contagious laughter and a myriad of smiles opened the heart to many passerby’s who also seemed to catch it and simply laugh as they walked through the energetic amoeba of laughter souls….

Please send in your own, or reply all to this one for your opportunity to express yourself as to how it felt for you…

There was some talk of doing it every month there. Some talk about having smaller groups stretched out throughout the mall so the concentrated amoeba was not so isolated and there was talk about finding places where more populated areas could be tapped so we could do flashmobbing at those places, like a food mart in a major shopping plaza or at Saturdays Farmers Market. Someone mentioned that he had done a search for “flashmob and laughter” and found only 3 youtube videos that had something similar. Perhaps we do one during the day so it can be easily videotaped.

If anyone took photos or some video tapes please let us all know so we can post them at the facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/LaughterYoga.SantaBarbara.Ojai or http://tinyurl.com/2e89lct…

Thanks to all who attended. For me it was a blast for the first one!!! wooopeeee!!!!

Next one for sure is Feb 3, Thursday at Paseo Nuevo Mall…