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Smiling Meditation

Smiling Meditation Vidya Sury 1

Smiling Meditation

I was delighted to find smiling meditation for my Mindful Monday series, simply because I believe in it implicitly.

Smiling is Yoga of the mouth.

Have you noticed how even a fake smile makes you feel better?

Sometimes, we let the mind lead and sometimes, the body leads.

When we feel joy, we smile involuntarily, letting the spirit lead. But it is absolutely okay to let the smile itself lead. When we smile, things don’t seem so bad any more, right? Sometimes it takes practice, but you’ll get there.

Smile at life, because you feel the joy of being alive.

Smiling naturally is good, but practicing smiling is equally important to cultivate the habit of smiling. Our face has approximately 300 muscles that become tense when we’re angry or upset. When we smile, we look beautiful because these muscles relax.

A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose

So practice smiling. When we get into the habit of smiling, we spread happiness and those around us also benefit from it.

World Smile Day

Start the day with a smile and an affirmation of your awareness and determination to live in peace and joy. A genuine smile is the product of an awakened mind.

How to remember to smile as soon as you wake up?

Use a reminder.

This may be a poster you can see when you wake up. Most of us sleep with our mobile phones nearby – so maybe a ringtone that triggers a smile?  You might want to think of things that makes you smile – a happy incident, someone you love?

As you practice, you’ll no longer need the reminders.

Starting the day with a smile helps you greet the day mindfully, gently. Even the beginnings of a smile brings peace and happiness to us, and those we interact with.

Our smile is the most precious and priceless gift we can give someone.

Smiling helps us approach life positively.

Scientifically, smiling sends a signal to the brain which releases the happy chemicals, creating a feedback loop. Even a fake smile becomes real after a little while, becoming a mood-upper. As you smile, breathe consciously. Inhale through your nose, exhale through your mouth. Feel the difference.

You can do the smiling meditation anytime you want – standing, sitting, lying down.

vidya sury collecting smiles

Getting started with smiling meditation

To begin with, practice by getting comfortable – sit or lie down.

  • Take deep cleansing breaths. Close your eyes, inhale deeply through your nose, then exhale via the mouth. Repeat about three times or more until you feel focused on your body and feel “present”.
  • Start smiling. Gently. With your lips.
  • Be aware of your lips smiling. Don’t be surprised to find your lips feeling happy.
  • Let that feeling of happiness spread over your face, conscious about your upper lip, your chin, your cheeks, your nose, your eyes, your brows, ears, head……smiling.
  • Pause. Revel in the moment as your whole head smiles.
    Now let the rest of your body experience this smile …inside and outside.
  • As you’re filled with the smile, think about giving it to those you love.
  • Feel gratitude for the happiness you feel.
  • Now take three deep breaths before opening your eyes.
  • Stretch. Smile.

Wasn’t that easy?

World Smile Day

What smile triggers would you use to practice smiling meditation? 

You do know you’re never fully dressed until you wear a smile, don’t you?

In the Mindful Monday Series ♥

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9 Comments

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    Guilie Castillo
    December 1, 2015 at 6:56 am

    This is marvelous, Vidya… I’d never heard of smiling meditation, but it’s perfect. Like you, I’m a big believer in the Power of Smile. Everything changes when we smile, inside and out—and even outside of ourselves.

    The things that trigger my smile without fail are my dogs. The crazy things they do, the image of them running wild and full speed on the beach, the funny positions they like to sleep in, the unbelievably smart pranks they pull, the incredibly fast way they learn… See? I’m smiling already 😀

    Thanks for a great post!
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    nabanita
    December 1, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    I usually don’t smile so much…It is not my natural, well, reaction…I need to remind myself to smile…On what could be the triggers? well my family, writing, a post, reading a book or just the thought of it..I know I need to do better 🙂
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      Vidya Sury
      December 3, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      Just you watch, Naba, your daughter will change that! 🙂 You’ll find plenty to laugh about, as it happens, and long after it happens. I am smiling now to think of a pic I clicked of you at one of those meets 🙂
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    Darla M Sands
    December 1, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Children at my church called my mother “Mrs. Smiley” when I was young. Embarrassed at first, as kids will be, I grew to like that. 🙂
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    Birgit
    December 5, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Well, Hello!! I have been a bad girl and have not been here. You know when I go on my blog, your posts are never there. I have to hook up through my e-mail. Regardless…please forgive me and I am changing my style which means , every time you post, I will check it right away! Unless I am sick or away, I will get my butt in gear because you make me smile. I have done this exercise and it works. I think of my Katie girl who is in heaven now with my Dad barking away. I think of Wallace and the pussy cats. I think of my hubby and all he does. I think of Christmas. There is so much to smile about
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    Asha
    December 6, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks Vidya. Will practice this from tomorrow itself !
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    Vasantha
    December 15, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Similing meditation …… what a lovely way to start a day ….. sure I will do from tomorrow onwards ….. 🙂

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