Moving Into Stillness
Exercising your smile
Breathe deeply, especially when you are a bit rushed, feel rattled or overwhelmed.
Stop time and breathe deeply. While you breathe, let your smile come to your lips.
Begin to smile while you breathe. Then realise how much your face and mind have loosened – while you breathe and smile. Let this smile spread throughout your body.
Breathe and smile with your entire body. The great magic of peace is generated by your lips as you begin to smile. Practice this smile and breathing daily. Notice how much this smile helps your well-being; and how much it helps others – when you are in a serene mood, after you have breathed and smiled.
There is a power in your smile – the power of peace and inner equilibrium. Activate this power daily, it costs nothing! This inner tranquility is part of building your confidence, and part of your self-empowerment.
60 Second Meditations
This is basically practicing what the Buddhists call ‘mindfulness’. I think there is a Christian name for it too, but I can’t remember it right now.
Anyway, at various times of the day, try to focus on your breathing. Notice how the air feels cool when you inhale, and then feels warm when you exhale. You can do this while you are doing the washing up, making the beds, waiting at a red light, or even standing in a post office queue etc. The instant benefit from this is that it brings you immediately to the present moment. It is also very effective if done during or before an important meeting, an exam, or even while sitting in the dentist’s chair. As you breathe out, you will start to feel your body relax, and your mind will become more focused. So each time you feel yourself getting stressed or find that you have unexpected time on your hands, you can do a quick 60 second meditation.
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