‘Cosmic Inner Smile’: The Universal Healing Energy For Body, Mind, Spirit
Mother Teresa (1910-1997) believed “peace begins with a smile”. A sincere smile shines from your soul, making the world a warmer place.
Further, to paraphrase Lao Tzu, the Inner Smile “does nothing, yet leaves nothing undone”.
The Cosmic Inner Smile is a simple, effortless Taoist meditation on how to live with an open heart. You can practice it sitting quietly, or while engaged in daily activities. It challenges us to unconditionally accept every aspect of our body, mind, and spirit. The Inner Smile ingeniously captures the power hidden in our natural impulse to smile and it also cultivates the spontaneous nature of our inner heart to accept all experiences in life at their most profound level.
The Inner Smile is Practical
The Taoist techniques are based in the concept of “Chi”, and the goal is to circulate the life energy through the various meridians of the body to improve health, vitality and emotional and spiritual balance.
The word “Chi” has different meanings, but it could be translated as energy or essence. In Taoism, Chi is the energy that activates the universe, flowing in alternating cycles of positive and negative energy. In fact, the Chi is what keeps us active. Every day we use a part of this vital energy in our activities. However, when the Chi is weakened, we feel exhausted and our health also deteriorates. When some emotions persist over time, such as anger, sadness and fear, they can block this energy and generate disease.
The Power of a Smile
What could be easier than simply smiling? Can we really learn to practice it as a skill? Many people who practice the Inner Smile experience immediate calmness. Others experience spontaneous “miraculous” healing from psychological problems or diseases.
We should note at the onset that smiling is energetically very different from laughing. “Laughter is the best medicine” the saying goes, and laughing certainly releases tension and is good for the body in a number of different ways. According to Chinese medicine, if someone laughs too frequently or too loudly they may have excess heart chi and are unconsciously trying to release it. Laughter is more of a belly-centered emotional release compared to smiling.
The Smiling Inner Heart of our Energy Body
When we smile, the brain acquires the feeling of satisfaction and emits positive vibrations throughout the body. In fact, it has been discovered that when we smile neurotransmitters are released such as dopamine and serotonin, which help to relax the body and lower blood pressure. In addition, serotonin acts as an antidepressant. The act of smiling will also increase the activity of the thyroid gland, relieving stress.
Daily Life Practice: Smile Into Your Organs
Here are a few benefits of smiling that can physically target certain body parts and organs:
- Liver: Smile into your liver and dissolve anger. This greatly assists with the decision-making process. Forgive, accept and feel kindness.
- Kidneys: Smile into your kidneys and dissolve fear. Feel safe, secure and protected in life again. Breathe a smile into your kidneys, feel them soften on the inhalation and release fear and stress on the exhalation.
- Lungs: Smile into your lungs and dissolve sadness and depression. Fill your lungs on the inhale and totally empty them on the exhale. Allow fresh new air to fill your lungs as you inhale the smiling energy. Feel them relax and release any feelings of sadness and depression.
- Stomach: Smile into your stomach and dissolve anxiety. The stomach can often be a place where we hold lots of worry. Smiling into your stomach can greatly help bring you into the present moment releasing worry and anxiety about the past and future. Continue breathing the smiling energy into your stomach until it feels totally relaxed.
- Heart: Smile into your heart and dissolve hate and impatience. Smiling into your heart can help shift cruelty, hurt, hate and impatience. Feel your heart fill with joy, kindness and compassion with each breath cycle.
- Any body part: Of course you can enjoy a quick 5-minute smiling break by breathing into any part of your body that is overworked, fatigued or stressed. Smile into your eyes if they are tired. Smile into your jaw if you are clenching your teeth. Smile into your shoulders if they are hunched and tight. Smile into your feet if they are tired. A smile encourages you to soften, release and improve energy flow.
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