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Don’t worry, be happy

June 02, 2017

Don’t worry, be happy

Family-friendly laughter meditation scheduled at the Rothko Chapel, Wednesday, July 5

HOUSTON – June 2, 2017 – Experience the power of laughter to uplift the spirit and heal both body and mind at the Rothko Chapel.

The nonprofit has scheduled a family-friendly guided meditation exploring the important role laughter can play in spiritual health.  

The event is slated for noon on Wednesday, July 5 and will be led by certified laughter yoga teacher Stephen Findley, who will guide guests in laughter meditation. All ages and experience levels are welcome.

Together with Findley, visitors will laugh together, then share silence, being attentive to the sound and feel of laughter while learning to let go of hang-ups, inhibitions and worries. The aim is to experience the way laughter can open the mind to joy, silliness, openness and honesty.

The Rothko Chapel is located at 3900 Yupon in downtown Houston. The event is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $10.

Findley serves as the primary chaplain for the Leukemia and Pediatric Services at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where he works to provide spiritual care and support for patients, caregivers and staff.

“People don’t often associate laughter and meditation, but Stephen is an expert in showing how they can go hand in hand,” Rothko Chapel public programs and community engagement director Ashley Clemmer said. “He was instrumental in developing the Laughter for Health program for outpatients and caregivers at M.D. Anderson and has so much to teach us about the healing power of joy.”  

The event is a continuation of Rothko Chapel’s educational meditation series, “12 Moments: Experiencing Spiritual and Faith Traditions.”

Clemmer said the series is designed to offer unique insight and new meditative practices for attendees, while celebrating the diversity of the world’s faith traditions.

“The 12 Moments series pairs the Rothko Chapel’s commitments to spirituality and diversity,” she said. “At noon on the first Wednesday of every month, we have a teacher from a different faith tradition who guides the community in meditation. It’s both educational and uplifting.”

During the months of July and August, the 12 Moments Series will be tailored toward families and children.

The series is co-sponsored by Ligmincha Texas Institute, The Jung Center of Houston, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the Rothko Chapel.

For more information about the Rothko Chapel and the full calendar of upcoming programs, workshops and events, visit or call 713-524-9839.


About the Rothko Chapel

The Rothko Chapel is open to the public every day of the year at no charge and successfully interconnects art, spirituality and compassionate action through a broad array of free public programs. Founded by Houston philanthropists Dominique and John de Menil, the Chapel was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary. Today it stands as a monument to art, spirituality and human rights. As an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization, the Chapel depends on contributions from foundations and individuals to support its mission of creating a space for contemplation and dialogue on important issues.

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