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life-sustaining sunshine, as you navigate the unchartered waters
of daily living with clarity, confidence and ease.
Namaste, Aloha! As someone who has been blessed with the gift of a continuous smile and inner happiness, it’s my honor and pleasure to share about creating a smiling body with you.
It takes far less effort and far less facial muscles to smile than to frown or just be without a smile. Your whole face lights up whenever you smile!
An unknown author said, “I've never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.”
Have you ever seen pictures of or been with saints and fully realized Masters like Christ, Buddha, the Dalai Lama, or others?
Their smile is ever present, even when they’re not smiling. You can see they have touched a happiness, actually a bliss, deep inside themselves that is always there.
And that inner smile is always there in you too! It’s there in your children, your beloved, your family members—everyone!
Another unknown author said, “A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you're at home.”
How do the great beings keep those inner smiles glowing, lighting up the windows of their faces?
It’s really quite easy and this article will explore and experience just how they do it!
You’ll learn how to smile in the midst of your daily activities and challenges.
You can quickly become an expert at turning lemons into lemonade.
The great comedian Phyllis Diller said, “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”
Your smiling face can melt other’s hearts, soothe other’s minds, and bring joy to others. Everyone truly does smile in the same language!
Jim Beggs said, “Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available.”
A smile really is worth more than a million words!
Smiles are love!
And your smile benefits you as much as it does everyone else.
It benefits your body and your mind! You can smile all the time just for you.
Andy Rooney said, “If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.”
And Mother Teresa once said, “Smile at each other. Smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other--it doesn't matter who it is--and that will help you grow up in greater love for each other.”
And with great love and a beaming smile to everyone listening around the world, welcome and thank you. Thank you for being an integral part of this global Conscious Parenting community. Thank you for being here to connect our hearts and souls, our energies, as we ascend to new heights of conscious awareness and joy!
Are you smiling in this moment? Have you been smiling throughout the day and night?
Are you ready to put a lasting smile in every part of your beautiful body? A cheerful smile that will stay with you as you go about your daily activities.
Smiling instantly changes how you respond to specific events in your life that may be causing you to do something other than smile.
Your smile will cheer others up and trigger them to smile too! Smiling will anchor you in joy amidst all the physical, mental and emotional experiences that arise and subside in your life like waves on the ocean.
In this moment, I invite you to smile, setting aside all the activities, thoughts and emotions that preceded this moment. Smile as we consciously come together, co creating smiling bodies in which we can thoroughly enjoy life.
If it’s safe to do so, please bring one or both of your hands to your heart and close your eyes. You may wish to invite your beautiful children, family members, spiritual teachers and guides to be with us energetically.
Imagine you’re sitting on the sand delighted at the sunlight dancing on the oceans surface.
"Listen to the ancient voice in the waves. Taste the salt of life on your tongue. Run your fingers through the eternal sand. Breathe deeply. If you find yourself worrying about your cell phone and emails, if you find yourself feeling guilty that you should be doing “something important,” breathe deeply again. And again, breathe deeply until every fabric of your being is reminded that this, being here, is your top priority." Motivational speaker Brian Vaszily continues, "This is peace. This is wisdom.”
Breathe deeply until every fabric of your being is reminded that this, being here, is your top priority. This is peace. This is wisdom.
Now, on a long, slow inhale fill your entire being with the radiant love you are. Feel as if your entire being is glowing. Hold it for a moment and feel this radiant energy pulsating in every cell of your beautiful body. When you’re ready, exhale, sending your love to everyone listening or reading this in this moment and to those who will be listening to the recording.
Notice how you are feeling in this moment. Notice the feelings you created. You can recreate these feelings at any time.
Remember, “breathe deeply until every fabric of your being is reminded that this, being here, is your top priority.”
Breathe deeply and be here with your full attention. The practices and energetic attunements we’re sharing have a profound and transformative effect on your mind, body and spirit. They’ve been proven over time to generate feelings of happiness, joy, bliss, peace, contentment and wonder that eventually become our experience in each moment.
We truly can live in happiness, joy, bliss, peace, contentment, and wonder—completely untouched by the changes of childhood, youth, age, daily activities and challenges, and even world upheavals.
We truly can Create and Live In and as A Smiling Body, A Blissful Heart, A Peaceful Mind and Soaring Soul.
If you are unable to devote your undivided attention at this time, please listen again when you can gift yourself with total awareness. Stay with us now, but do tune in again.
Smiling—it’s so miraculous and so easy to do! It takes far less effort and far less facial muscles to smile than to frown or just be without a smile. Your whole face lights up whenever you smile!
Go ahead and see. Bring a big smile to your lips and see how your whole face feels uplifted!!!
Your whole body can feel this way all the time!
Mehmet Murat Ildan said, “Sun gives light; torch gives light, candle gives light; smiling gives light.”
Have you ever seen pictures of or been with saints and fully realized Masters like Christ, Buddha, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Amma, Thick Nhat Hahn, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Mother Meera, or others?
Their smile is ever present, even when they’re not smiling.
You can see by the light glowing in their faces they have touched a happiness, actually a bliss, deep inside themselves that is always there.
That bliss, that smile deep inside their being, is also one of the great secrets of t’ai chi, qigong, and martial arts—focusing on the power center of our body, the T’an T’ien, located several inches below our navel.
With practice, you too can focus on and feel the bliss of this inner smile at any time.
This inner smile is always there just waiting for you to rediscover it!
So what keeps us from smiling on the inside all the time?
What keeps us from sharing smiles with everyone else all the time?
What happened to the smiles we had as newborn babies?
What happened to those smiles of happiness, joy, bliss, peace, and contentment we had simply from being? Simply from closing our eyes and letting our body go totally limp in complete trust and faith as our soul most likely rejoined that Divine Source from which it just came?
What happened to that soft look on our glowing faces that melted the heart of everyone gazing upon us?
We touched on the answer to those questions last week—it’s the stresses, fears, and unpleasant (whether real or imagined) experiences of childhood and life that we haven’t resolved or released.
These stresses, fears, and unpleasant experiences of childhood and life get stuck in our bodies, minds, and hearts. They continue to haunt us like invisible, long-forgotten ghosts from the past, sabotaging our best efforts to live healthy and happily in the current moment.
On the day I completed my initial t’ai chi teacher’s training course, my teacher said, “you know the movements, you know how to teach the movements, now you need to learn how to smile while you’re teaching.”
Her words struck a cord deep within my being. I contemplated them walking to the car. I contemplated them as I drove out the parking lot. At the first stop sign, I flashed back to a moment in childhood--a pivotal moment. The moment my father sternly told me to “wipe that smile off your face young man".
Well, I wasn’t a young man at the time. I was a small child afraid of the consequences of not wiping the smile off my face. So I wiped it off and kept it off for the most part--the inner smile as well as the outer smile.
In Shaping the Dream, Israelmore Ayivor said, “No matter how you are taught by your teacher about how to recite a poem, it is impossible to wear your teacher's smiling face to the stage. You got to change your own face into a smiling one!”
So in that moment of recognition, I set an intention to start changing my face into a smiling one!
And my intention was met with God’s Grace, just like God’s infinite and amazing Grace is smiling on all of us right now.
Just before awaking one morning, several days after setting that intention, I had a dream involving my Spiritual Father, Baba Muktananda. Baba’s smile has kindled the hearts of millions of people, awakening them to the happiness, joy, bliss, peace, contentment and wonder of themselves. His message to the world was “Honor your Self. Worship your Self. Meditate on your Self. God dwells within you as you.”
In Divine Living: The Essential Guide to Your True Destiny, Anthony St. Maarten said, “You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being--an all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.”
Back to this divine dream I was experiencing.
Baba’s fingers were at the corners of my mouth, pulling my lips into a huge smile. As I slowly awakened from this dream, becoming more and more conscious, I realized it wasn’t just a dream. I could literally feel his fingers still at the corners of my mouth. I could feel this wide smile getting wider and wider as I awoke. It was like Baba was really there, etching a smile into my face--a smile that has kept getting wider and more consistently present, with each passing moment. A smile that would be everlasting.
What we heard, what we were told, as children affected each of us in so many ways. For now, simply smile. Feel the radiance of your heart and soul, lighting your face with a smile. Feel the love you are. Smile. Feel the light you are. Smile. Feel the wonder you are. Smile.
The smile I wiped from my face when my father told me to do so was an emotional wound that altered my personality and what I was willing to show to the world.
Remember the story from last week, about the boy whose chest was caved in like he had been punched with a fist that was never removed? Remember that the fist was actually something his father had said? That was a physical wound caused by an emotional wounding.
Then there are physical and emotional wounds caused by physical abuse—something many of us experienced as children that hopefully made us conscious of the reality that physically abusing children in any way is not acceptable—by look, by touch, by voice or by any other means.
The stresses, fears, and unpleasant experiences of childhood and life do get stuck in our bodies, minds, and hearts. They continue to haunt us like invisible, long-forgotten ghosts from the past, sabotaging our best efforts to live healthy and happily in the current moment.
As we turn such experiences and the thoughts of them over and over in our conscious mind, the great yogi Paramahansa Yogananda tells us, “ . . . they become rooted in the subconscious and finally in the super conscious. Then the super consciously and subconsciously rooted fear begins to germinate and fill the conscious mind with fear plants that are not so easy to destroy as the original thought would have been, and these eventually bear their poisonous, death-dealing fruits....”
When I was 33 years old, the previously strong and healthy body I had enjoyed most of this life, started shutting down. It started losing weight. Organs started shutting down, particularly the pancreas. I knew this body needed help. The medical profession couldn’t find a cause. Never having had a massage but thinking it might help, I began calling massage therapists. Many of them never called me back. When I finally did get an appointment, the therapist had double booked me and took the person who showed up several minutes before I did.
I felt like there was some sort of conspiracy going on to keep me from getting healthy. Little did I know that there was a conspiracy—God making sure I really got to the source of the problem.
I shared what was happening with some guys I had breakfast with once a week. One of them said his wife, who just happened to be my yoga teacher, took a Reiki class over the weekend. I asked him what Reiki was and he said he only knew that, when she put her hands on his body, he felt more wonderful than ever.
Can you guess what I did right after breakfast? I called Jana and told her what was going on. She said she needed someone to practice on and, over the course of the following week, gifted me with 4 sessions that transformed my life.
At the end of the first session, I realized that Reiki was something I had been shown in a dream months before, but didn’t know what it was.
In the third session, I saw what was at the core of this body shutting down. It was literally in a death spiral. It was obeying a command, a sequence of thoughts that got programmed in as a child. Conscious thoughts that became rooted in my subconscious and super conscious minds as time went on. Conscious thoughts of wanting to die when punished as a child that played over and over again from that point on whenever something didn’t go the way my inner child wanted it to go. And that was many, many times!
Our bodies don’t know the difference between conscious, subconscious and super conscious thoughts. Like a faithful computer, they simply play out the programming. And it doesn’t take much of what I’ll call, unconscious or unaware of what we’re really doing or saying thoughts, to begin the ball rolling. The subconscious and super conscious quickly turn these thoughts into a snowball that gets bigger and bigger as we age, eventually turning them into an avalanche with potential catastrophic results.
Somewhere along the way down the mountain, as this snowball gets bigger and bigger, we hopefully become aware of this process and reverse it. If not, we live life like most people, stuck in an infinite loop of “Groundhog Day” like Bill Murray, never fulfilling our full potential.
Once I saw this long forgotten death wish that was planted and growing in the garden of my sub and super conscious minds, I chose to pull it out at the roots. We can all permanently extract these little time bombs, lying dormant within our sub and super conscious minds, exploding in painful, unpleasant physical, emotional, mental and spiritual experiences one right after the other.
We can become proactive and diffuse them without even knowing what they are. Through conscious living we can create A Smiling Body, A Blissful Heart, A Peaceful Mind, and Soaring Soul impervious to the stresses and challenges we all face.
Through Conscious Parenting we can mirror and teach our children to create A Smiling Body, A Blissful Heart, A Peaceful Mind, and Soaring Soul impervious to the stresses and challenges they face.
Baba Muktananda said, “If you want to experience love, you have to start by loving yourself. First you have to love your body . . .”
And that’s what I was doing by seeking massage and Reiki—loving my body. Prior to that time I don’t think I ever consciously loved my body. I used it for many different pleasures and a variety of experiences (some of which in hindsight were very crazy and dangerous and definitely not loving and caring).
I pushed it to the limits—physically and mentally--jogging over 55 miles a week, riding a bicycle over 100 miles a week, swimming lap after lap, drinking too much at times, eating too much often, consistently working over 80 hours a week, not resting and sleeping enough, and on and on.
Novelist and short story writer, Cynthia Ozick said, “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”
And our bodies definitely deserve our gratitude.
Prior to this revelation, I don’t think I ever thought about what I was doing to this beautiful body nor did I thank it for all the ecstatic feelings, awe inspiring sights, beautiful sounds, exquisite tastes, divine fragrances and other experiences I enjoyed through it. All the things my fingers, thumbs and hands allowed me to create and experience. The countless hours and steps my legs, feet, and toes supported me--the beautiful places they took me.
At that point I was barely awakening to the fact that I was far more than a body or a mind. That I was a Divine Being blessed with a beautiful body and mind to experience life on Earth and discover who I really am.
Baba Muktananda said, “If you want to experience love, you have to start by loving yourself. First you have to love your body . . .”
And I started loving my body, diffusing the time bombs, banishing the heretofore invisible, long-forgotten ghosts, by giving up alcohol, changing my diet, meditating, practicing yoga, t’ai chi, qigong, and Reiki, chanting and singing, dancing, walking in nature more often, visualizing, repeating affirmations and offering it my gratitude.
Writer Henry Miller said, “The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.”
Our bodies are definitely mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent worlds. So let’s give these mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent bodies a very loving gift of appreciation. Let’s put a smile into every part of our mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent bodies.
As we do this together, please invite your children to join us or share this with them through the recording.
Shinichi Suzuki said, “Children learn to smile from their parents.”
When you smile and encourage your children to smile, you are helping develop their self-esteem. You are letting them know through your smiles that their feelings and needs are important, that they can affect their environment. Smiling is also important for their overall brain development, the health of every cell of their being. Research shows that every cell of our bodies is affected by our thoughts and emotions.
Creating a smiling body is a gift you can bestow on your children and your self over and over again as you constantly recreate and make your beautiful bodies a comfortable, healthy, pain free place to live in. Practicing this over and over again will resolve and release issues you’ve held on to. It will keep yours and your children’s bodies free of fear plants with their poisonous, death-dealing fruits.
Henry David Thoreau said, “As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
I invite you to smile often. We can all find our way much easier in this world when we are met with a smile. A smile that says, “I’m here for you.”
A smile that pours forth from every cell of our body as naturally as warm, nourishing rays of light pour forth from the sun.
Smiles that nourish ourselves and everyone else.
Are you ready to create a smiling body? Are you ready to love and appreciate your beautiful, smiling body?
If you can safely look into a mirror as you gift your body with loving appreciation, as you place an infinite, everlasting smile in every part of your body, please do so. If you can’t look into a mirror now, then please do so when you listen to the recording.
Looking into a mirror, gazing at your beautiful body as you do this, will take loving your body and creating a smiling body to a whole new level.
Take several deep, relaxing breaths through your nose.
Rub your palms together real fast, generating some warmth, some heat in your hands.
Place one palm on each side of your face.
Let your jaw, cheeks, forehead and skin relax and drink in this warmth. Say out loud, “I love you face. You are so beautiful! I’ll smile at you whenever I look in the mirror.”
Put a big smile on your beautiful face admiring how, in the whole wide world, only YOU LOOK EXACTLY like YOU! If you have a twin brother or sister, they may look ALMOST like you but they are not EXACTLY like YOU!
You are so unique! You are so beautiful!
Just look in the mirror at how beautiful and unique you are.
Can you feel how bright your eyes are when your lips are smiling?
Smiles on your lips create eyes that are joyful and full of light. They even look like big pools of colored love.
Imagine your eyes are smiling! Imagine your eyes are smiles!!
Keep feeling the smiles in your eyes.
Imagine everything you see is smiling back at you. Your children. Your family. Your pets. The device you’re listening to this program on. Your furniture.
With the smiles in your eyes, see smiles in everything, everywhere.
Appreciate everything you see. See everything with smiling eyes.
To continue on this adventure of creating an everlasting smile, please see "Creating A Smiling Body ~ Continued".
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