“May I be happy”
Smile meditation, on new years day of Jan 1, 2016 I made a new years resolution for my self. The resolution was to be happy. As I sat there reflecting on what it meant to be happier in 2016. I thought of what I said the night before, “Happy, Happy New Year”. And there must be a reason for the USA constitution to state, ‘the pursuit of happiness’.
Well, this all makes sense to me.
Now how do I do it?
I know how to be happier, I think. After all, I am a meditation and mindfulness teacher. I will practice smiling meditation. 🙂
In mindfulness meditation, we develop the natural ability to pay attention and set intentions. So I will pay attention to the position of my lips and will gently repeat a caring intention in my mind of “may I be happy” and see what happens. 🙂
Now, it did not last long, but I guess it is not supposed to.
OK, I know how to practice smiling mediation and that it works. I wonder how many smile per hour are needed as and adult? From the commentary below it appears the more smiles the better.
Smile Meditation from Eat, Pray, Love
There’s a bit where Ketut (the Balinese guru) instructs Liz on her meditation, and suggests she backs off from the mantras:
“You make serious face like this, you scare away good energy.” a
To meditate, only you must smile. Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clear away dirty energy. Even smile in your liver.
Yes, yes, yes! This works. Keep it simple and just smile. When you walk, when you’re driving and when you meditate (or, if you don’t meditate, when you rest a moment).
I’d advise not worrying about good or bad energy. Just smile with every bit of yourself. I find smiling with my eyes when I’m meditating works all kinds of magic.