“Taking humor seriously enables people to not take themselves too seriously”
Humor is a wonderful way to invite connection, and Lightness is even more effective in many circumstances. Where humor demands a response, lightness invites interaction without demands. It is easier to embody and lighter to share.
We often imagine that humor is the telling of a joke, or a funny remark, yet non-verbal humor-a look, a playful tone of voice-is often the most effective offering that will bring warmth and empathy into the moment.
External mindfulness (awareness beyond self) is the key to being fully present in any situation. It is a complement to inner mindfulness. It is a quality that one can develop through practice, a quality that generates more effective communication and interaction.
Lightfulness trainings have been enthusiastically received in a variety of settings: developing effective collaboration in tech companies; developing communication and stress release skills for therapists, nurses, educators, social and human rights workers; creating stronger collaboration between board and staff in non profits….
Developed by Moshe Cohen, over a 20+ year journey teaching Clown + Zen workshops with Zen masters.
Some of the places where Lightfulness is aloft:
“Thank you! We had a fabulous time. You were genuinely quoted by most of the team as the high point of the day”
L.H. Senior Director, Paypal
“I found the exercises you shared really applicable to our work. We sometimes have an idea that we are ‘present’ but in reality just think that we are. I think any practice that aids us in getting into the right hand brain is vital and frankly delicious! So thanks again! ”
Suzie F. Artistic Director. Hearts&Minds
“Who could know that this would be such a valuable team building experience? It had more impact than a ropes course or any previous team training I have done”
Programs Director, Humanitarian NGO
Lightfulness evolved during a year-long team building project with PayPal’s Open Source Team (2015-2016.) Responding to the request to improve the collaborative energies in the group, and increase the fun quotient, Moshe Cohen adapted exercises from his public Clown + Zen workshops to engage the team in mindfulness, humor, and inner and outer connection.
As a team-building practice, we worked at PayPal with Moshe once a week for a year. He helped us learn to rely upon and trust one another through juggling, meditation, improvisation and in general all the techniques he collectively calls “Lightfulness Training”….Undertaking this training allowed me as the group manager to counteract the forces of formalism and strict reporting hierarchy to create a team of peers who each were equipped to take on any of the work of helping foster cultural change in a very old school company.
Danese Cooper, former Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, PayPal.
Practical aspects of lightfulness trainings include:
-Practices inviting lightness and humor into non-verbal expression
-Mindfulness practices, sitting meditation
-Movement practices: chi gong, feldenkreis, and juggling
-Physical theater and comedy improvisations
-External & interactive mindfulness practices
-Active listening skills
-Collaborative communication skills
-Public speaking and presentation skills
-Stress release and resiliency practices
-Personal lightfulness practices and rituals
“I loved the definition of ‘levity’ as a lightness. Humor is always a possibility, but not an imperative. So freeing.”
Edith, Technical Writing Team, Dolby Labs
“Moshe is a fantastic teacher and guide. He teaches many useful concepts like complicity in the eyes and inviting lightness that I intend to use in everyday life.”
“Lightfulness really helped me see a completely different side of my teammates, which is rarely possible in usual work environments….this was very beneficial”
Rohit, Paypal Open-Source team
A wonderfully light-footed day, which I enjoyed a lot! And I take many, small suggestions for everyday professional life to the mindful and humorous dealing with me and clients! Thank you.
We had a very special team day, Through your sympathetic nature and your skills, humor and lightness has strengthened our team. All of us can take something from the training into our daily work!
Sabine, Family & Partner Therapist
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