What Do We Experiment With?
No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
- Albert Einstein
Can we solve stress from a mindset of constant stress? Can we solve problems from an unwavering focus on problems? Are you ready to experiment an alternative potential solution? We at Peace Lab like to "think/play outside the box", so we experiment solving problems through a variety of fun and meaningful mediums.
A gentle reminder: Like all experiments, we sometimes succeed and sometimes fail. So, please don't be too hard on yourself if you cannot meditate or you don't feel comfortable laughing, as it takes time, patience and of course practice - just allow yourself to be experimental.
We incorporate Laughter Yoga and laughter exercises in our sessions. Developed by an Indian physician Dr Kataria in the mid-1990s, Laughter Yoga is an aerobic exercise using intentional laughing as a means to exhale the stale air in our body, making space for fresh oxygen. Our brain does not differentiate between intentional laughter (without jokes) and humor-induced laughter. It allows participants to return to a childlike and playful state, often feeling less stressed, happier with more energy and mental clarity with the release of endorphin and serotonin in the brain.
We create exercises that are fun to play but also meaningful in essence. Through the process of playing, participants will learn and discover deeper purposes embedded in such exercises, enabling them to relax, reflect and reconnect in a natural and creative manner. According to Dr Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play in the US, play is not just for children or just for fun. Rather, play is a catalyst. The ability to play is important not only to finding happiness, but also to maintain social relationships and becoming a creative and innovative person.
Today, meditation is no longer a New Age mumbo-jumbo. Neuroscience is proving the positive benefits produced by the ancient practice of meditation. It helps reduce stress and anxiety, and increases physical strength. Meditation also heightens emotional intelligence, cultivates clarity and creativity. We consider meditation as "mind technology". Steve Jobs was a long-term meditator, and both Apple and Google have their in-house meditation programmes. Peace Lab workshops are infused with creative meditations which are non denominational, and are specially created with messages for participants themselves to perceive, decode and discover.
What Do We Believe?
At Peace Lab we see a beautiful synergy between ancient Eastern philosophies (such as Taoism, Buddhism and yoga traditions) and new discoveries from Western science (such as neuroplasticity), especially their convergence on the power of our human mind.
Since antiquity, Eastern wisdom teachings have focused on the internal state of being - thoughts, beliefs and emotions, and that our external circumstances are merely a reflection of our internal state of being. Through practices, one can train our mind to be an observer of our thoughts and emotions, and then cultivate a mind that is more conducive to peace and joy.
Today modern science is confirming the wisdom of the Far East. Neuroplasticity shows that our brain is rather "plastic" and we can reshape it by consciously changing our perceptions and beliefs. Even quantum physics, which explores the atomic and sub-atomic realms, suggests the subjective perceptions of the "observer" are the basis of reality-creation in the objective world.
So, instead of insistently changing our external circumstances or getting more frustrated with stressors, we experiment with playing, laughing with and meditating upon our stressors. This provides our brain with an alternative perspective and perception, one that is more light-hearted and with heightened emotional awareness. When we respond differently to the same problems, according to ancient Eastern wisdom teaching, then we are able to see potential new solutions.