The journey through life is so much lighter for us all, when we exchange supportive & nourishing good intentions together.
We live in a world of abundance where everything is available. Desires are often our drivers, heightened through the constant pull towards material things.
We can so easily be striving for more, to gain more, to be more, to have more. Even if you are not of that mindset it takes a lot of focused thinking and intention to reduce the stimulation and noise that can so often surround you in any one day.
Almost everything, is driven by desire. Wealth, money, happiness all drive desire but not everything needs money as its exchange.
So what is on offer that is free?
Your sweet smile.
Your smile is constantly available and costs you nothing but will give abundantly.
Some days it can be a challenge, anger rises within you, frustrations abound and the last thing in your awareness can be your smile. What do you tend to do when you are challenged? Do you sit with the heated emotions or do you avoid them, by looking for another distractions, food, busyness, stimulants?
What about if you just tried a smile.
Your ‘go to’ abundant free resource is your smile.
Here are 13 benefits to smiling.
So all the above benefits are there for the taking if you just smile.
Did you know that your smile is actually contagious?
“The part of your brain that is responsible for your facial expression of smiling when happy or mimicking another’s smile resides in the cingulate cortex, an unconscious automatic response area. In a Swedish study, subjects were shown pictures of several emotions: joy, anger, fear and surprise. When the picture of someone smiling was presented, the researchers asked the subjects to frown. Instead, they found that the facial expressions went directly to imitation of what subjects saw. It took conscious effort to turn that smile upside down. So if you’re smiling at someone, it’s likely they can’t help but smile back. If they don’t, they’re making a conscious effort not to.
Looking at the bigger picture, each time you smile at a person, their brain coaxes them to return the favor. You are creating a symbiotic relationship that allows both of you to release feel good chemicals in your brain, activate reward centers, make you both more attractive and increase the chances of you both living longer, healthier lives.”
We never know the path another person walks but your smile may just turn their experience around for the better.
Give freely with your smile, the more you do it the better you feel and that has got to be a good thing.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
There are two types of smile the outer smile and the inner smile.
Learn how to create your inner smile.
Sitting or lying comfortably, take a deep breath in and a slow mindful breathe out.
Let your breath drop down into your heart.
Take a breathe in and out of your heart centre.
Close your eyes.
As you look inwards see yourself smiling.
See that sweet smile on your face.
Focus for a moment on the corners of your mouth.
Feel them moving up towards your ears.
Notice how your cheeks soften.
The outer corners of your eyes move upwards too.
The smile continues up to your forehead, freeing the tension from your brow.
Allow the smile to travel right to the crown of your head.
Notice from the crown of your head your smile travelling to every cell of your body.
As you bathe in your inner smile saturating your whole being see your smile spread out beyond your body out into the world around you.
Reaching out across the land.
Merging with the great oceans.
Rising high into the sky above.
See this radiant energy touching the hearts and souls of every being.
Hold your smile a little while longer.
Then gathering your awareness back into your body.
Take a breath deep down towards your feet.
As you breathe out feel the soles of your feet ripping to the ground.
And softly open your eyes.
The energy & beauty of your smile really does make a lasting impression.
Originally published at raphaellecox.com