So, today I've been thinking about smiling. I've been closing my Yoga classes lately by asking my students to bring a smile into their hearts, take it with them & share it with someone they encounter during their day who needs it. Such a simple & easy gift to give; it's free & yet could be worth more than anything when offered to the right person. What I'm talking about here is a REAL smile...not one of those quick smirks that doesn't move from the lips...a true blue smile. One that shines out from your whole face & gives you that tingling feeling inside...puts me in mind of a quote from Paramahansa Yogananda....
"Let my soul smile through my heart & my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts"
I know how wonderful I feel when someone smiles at me & really means it. I feel a warming in my heart & I feel wanted & important. All of this from one smile. I brings me peace & when I am the person giving the smile, without expecting anything in return, I know I am bringing that same sense of peace to the receiver.
Make it a part of your practice today to share a sincere smile with everyone you meet. This simple act of peace could change someone's life. Don't forget to look in the mirror & offer this same kindness to yourself as well!
Namaste My Friends,