Finding Freedom: Why is God Laughing?


Sunrise in Jerusalem, Israel October 2015, Photo by Lisa Niver
Sunrise in Jerusalem, Israel October 2015 Shot on LG G4

Where do you find freedom? For me, traveling and reading books have been ways to find the experiences of freedom. In Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey’s recent 21 day meditation experience, I listened to Deepak talk about the ways to experience freedom.

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In Deepak’s book, “Why Is God Laughing?: The Path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism,” he says:

“When you give in to fear, you are either projecting into the future or reliving the past. Here and now, you are safe.”

I hope you will share a story of how you stay in the present. As the daughter of a dentist, I found this next quote from his book very interesting!

“While fear is trying to convince you that it’s real, what’s really happening is that you lose touch with the present. The world turns into one big dentist’s waiting room with everyone anticipating the next thing that hurts.”

I promise you that it is important to go to the dentist, it does not always hurt and staying in the present is very important. I have spent much of the last two years rebuilding We Said Go Travel and my life after my divorce. When I stay in the present, things are much better.

Deepak tells this story:

“A little old lady goes into a restaurant. She eats a salad. Then she says to the waiter, ‘I’ll have an ice cream sundae.’ “‘I’m sorry to tell you, madam,’ says the waiter, ‘but in five minutes the world is coming to an end.’ “The little old lady thinks for a second, then she says, ‘In that case, heavy on the whipped cream.’”

It is important to enjoy our moments and have a sense of humor about our lives. I believe what Deepak shares that:

“Obstacles are signals from consciousness that we need to change direction, to take a new tack.”

I have changed tack significantly lately and it has been very challenging but it has been worthy it. I hope you will share a story of your path to freedom wherever you are on your journey.

I spent my birthday in Israel in October 2015 and it was an incredible journey! Please enjoy these 27 videos from my adventures in Israel.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Award-winning travel expert Lisa Ellen Niver has explored 101 countries and talks travel on KTLA-TV and her website, We Said Go Travel, which is read in 212 countries. Her YouTube videos have nearly 900,000 views and she has more than 140,000 followers on social media (verified on Facebook and Twitter). She sailed on the high seas for seven years and she has been nominated for five Southern California Journalism Awards in the past two years and received 2nd place for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for publications including AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Robb Report, Sierra Club, Smithsonian, Saturday Evening Post, United Airlines (Hemispheres) and USA Today 10Best.

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