Vietnamese Buddhist monk and activist Thich Nhat Hanh taught a practice called "smile yoga." This isn't a practice where you must go about your day with a fake smile plastered onto your face, which I believe is detrimental to our well being, and isn't being honest with those in our lives. But instead it's a self care practice.
The practice is to bring a slight but genuine smile to our mouth a few times a day - this could be while we are driving, doing the dishes, picking up our phone, or meditating. Thich Nhat Hanh would say that it "nourishes awareness and calms miraculously'.
It may even be an inner smile - think of it as something that is for you, something that may nourish your heart. The muscles involved in making a smile sends biochemical signals to our nervous system that it's safe to relax and can move us ever so subtly into the rest and digest mode. And when we can feel nourished, that's when we can in turn have something to offer others. Perhaps the first and most needed thing that we can offer the world is our peace.
You have within you a deep connection to an unlimited source of power. The very power that created the universe is the same that’s within each one of us.
This infinity loop has long been recognized as a symbol of absolute infinity, without end.
Take a moment
✨close your eyes
✨hand on heart or solar plexus
✨invoke that eternal flame that’s within you
and that’s within all of the universe
✨feel it growing like a flame within your spirit
✨aligned with that power, intend that you be guided and aligned with your highest purpose today
✨give thanks to the creative force of life and love
✨So mote it be
To keep the balance give thanks. Even share this post or tag a friend - or share some goodness to others - (no kidding, this is how the cycle works ♾ )
Blessings to you on this day 🌿
Irene Bilton specializes in Body/Mind/Spirit wellness, blending her knowledge, skills and training with her gifts of Intuition.