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Creating A Smiling Body, for the first part . . .
May these words help you and your children embody and radiate love, like rays of
life-sustaining sunshine, as you navigate the unchartered waters
of daily living with clarity, confidence and ease.
Are your eyes and lips still smiling?
In this moment, refresh your beautiful smile and invite your children to join you for this next visualization and empowerment.
Once again, take several deep, relaxing breaths through your nose.
Rub your palms together, 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 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.”
Can you feel how bright your eyes are when your lips are smiling?
Smiles on your lips fill your eyes with joy and sparkling light.
Imagine your eyes are smiling! Imagine your eyes are smiles! Feel the light and love sparkling in your eyes.
Looking into your eyes if you have a mirror, or focusing your attention on them if you don’t, verbally say, “I love you eyes. I will give you lots of beautiful things to look at . . . flowers, paintings, sunrises and sunsets, blue skies and clouds, butterflies and hummingbirds, lakes, rivers and oceans, other happy people. I’ll smile at you whenever I look in the mirror.”
Looking at your nose, verbally say, “I love you nose. I will give you lots of wonderful smells to enjoy . . . foods, flowers, essential oils, pine trees and more.” Imagine your nose is smiling.
Looking at your mouth, verbally say, “I love you mouth. I love you lips. I love you teeth. I’ll brush and floss you and take real good care of you. I love you tongue. I love you gums. I’ll give you lots of fresh fruits, yummy veggies, and tasty food to enjoy. I’ll keep you refreshed with clean, pure water.”
When you smile, people see your beautiful white teeth. Imagine your teeth are smiles too. Imagine your gums and tongue are filled with smiles.
Looking at your ears, verbally say, “I love you ears. I’ll keep you warm and give you many beautiful sounds to hear. I won’t listen for gossip—I’ll listen for beauty.” See your ears with big smiles and lovingly rub them between your fingers and thumbs.
Can you feel how plump and happy your cheeks are when you’re smiling? Place the palms of your hands on your happy cheeks. How about seeing smiles inside your cheeks.
And how about seeing a big smile right there in the middle of your forehead!
Say to your whole face, “I love you. You are so beautiful!”
Let the skin on your face and your whole body know how much you love it. Repeat out loud, “I love you skin. Thank you for protecting this beautiful body. I’ll keep you clean. I’ll protect you and not let you get burned by too much sun.” See every pore of your skin smiling. That’s billions of smiles!
Talk about a lot of smiles—See every hair on your head, every hair on your body smiling. Let your hair know how much you love it . . . Say, “I love you hair. I love you hair.”
And what about that beautiful brain you have. Say out loud, “I love you brain. What a marvelous wonder you are!” How about a big smile for your brain--it deserves a smile for all the thoughts and information it processes. See a big smile in your amazing brain.
See this inner smile in your throat and neck.
How would your voice express this inner smile? Smile in your throat and let out whatever sound you feel like. Go ahead, express yourself . . . let your voice be heard! Right now!
Don’t be shy! Let your voice be heard!
How wonderful did that feel?
Let your neck know how much you love it! Say, “I love you neck. Thank you for holding my head up. Thank you for twisting so I can look to the sides and all around. Thank you for letting me look up and down.”
Henry David Thoreau said, “Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything.”
Let your shoulders and arms know just how much you love them. Say, “I love you shoulders and arms. Thank you for helping me lift up so many things. Thank you elbows and wrists for bending. I love you. I love you hands, fingers and thumbs. You let me do and feel so many marvelous things.”
Imagine and see smiles in your shoulders.
Imagine and see smiles in your upper arms.
Imagine and see smiles in your arm muscles.
Imagine and see smiles in your elbows.
Imagine and see smiles in your forearms, the lower part of your arms.
Imagine and see smiles in your wrists.
Imagine there are smiles in the palms of your hands and on the pad of each thumb and finger.
See smiles on your little fingers, your ring fingers next to the little fingers, your middle fingers, your index or first fingers, your thumbs.
Look at the joints of your fingers and thumbs and put smiles in them. Do you know how many smiles that is? It’s 28 Smiles!
Hold your hands at your chest, palms facing away, and send these smiles in your palms to everyone in the world!
A smile melts hearts.
A smile soothes minds.
A smile really is worth more than a zillion words!
Smiles are love!
SMILES ARE LOVE!
Love your magnificent heart. Say, “I love you heart. Thank you for beating, thank you for pumping blood through my beautiful and unique body."
See and feel a huge inner smile in your heart. As you do, keep your lips smiling.
Imagine the smile in your heart is glowing so bright that it lights up and shines right through your chest.
This smile in your heart is like a light switch that turns on the healthy energy of your body.
Let your lungs know how much you love them. Verbally say, “I love you lungs. I love all the air you move in and out of this loving body.” See smiles in both your lungs—smiles in the front of the lungs behind your chest and smiles in the back of the lungs just inside your upper back.
You have 12 pairs or 24 ribs too that protect your lungs and other organs. See all your ribs as smiles. That’s a lot of smiles! Let’s give them a lot of love saying, “I love you ribs."
Imagine your back and spine are a big smile turned on it’s side. Say, “I love you back. I love you spine.”
Imagine you can see your skeleton, all the bones in your body. See smiles in all these bones. Some of you will have more bones smiling than others. Babies have 270 bones. This number gets smaller as bones grow together as we age. As adults, we have 206 bones. That’s still a lot of smiling bones. Let your bones know you love them. “I love you bones. Thank you for supporting this beautiful body!”
Feel your bones smiling.
Feel your muscles smiling.
Feel your hair smiling.
Feel your brain smiling.
Feel your eyes smiling.
Feel your ears smiling.
Feel your nose smiling.
Feel your lips, teeth and gums smiling.
Feel a smile beaming across your face.
Feel your neck and throat smiling.
Feel your shoulders smiling.
Feel your arms, elbows, wrists, hands, fingers and thumbs smiling.
Feel your heart smiling.
Feel your lungs and ribs smiling.
Feel your chest smiling.
Feel your heart smiling.
We truly can Create and Live In and as A Smiling Body, A Blissful Heart, A Peaceful Mind, and Soaring Soul.
Imagine your mind is full of smiles. It truly is.
Imagine your soul is full of smiles. It truly is.
Verbally say, “I love you mind. I love you soul. We are love.”
Feel what it feels like to be smiling, to be love, right now. Offer your body some water and whatever else it needs to feel comfortable and prepare for some more smiling. Keep showering your body with: “I love you body. I love you body. I love you body. I love you body.", as you get some water for your body.
As you enjoy this water blessing, imagine everything you see is smiling back at you.
Your children. Your family. Your pets. The device you may be reading this on. Your furniture.
With the smiles in your eyes, see smiles in everything, everywhere.
Appreciate everything you see. See everything with smiling eyes.
And now let's continue creating a smiling body, a smiling being, a smiling YOU!
Whether you feel it or not in this moment, creating a smiling body is having a profound impact on your body, heart and mind.
Walter Anderson said, “You and I are not what we eat; we are what we think.”
Your thoughts, your intention, empowered by your love are truly creating a smiling body. A body you can live in with happiness, joy, bliss, peace, contentment, and wonder—completely untouched by the changes of 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.
Let your stomach, liver, spleen, gall bladder, intestines, kidneys, adrenal glands and all the other glands and organs in your body know how much you love them too. Say, “I love all the organs and glands in my body. You do so much to keep me healthy.”
Did you know your intestines would cover more than a football field if they were spread out? Imagine a smile larger than a football field in your intestines, in your lower abdomen.
Your stomach is just below your ribs on the left side of your body. See a big smile in your stomach.
See a big smile in your liver resting right there below the ribs on the right side. Thank your liver for taking all the toxins, all the poisons, out of your blood.
And what about the blood that carries oxygen and other nutrients to every part of your body? Say, “I love you blood", as you visualize every one of your blood cells as a smile flowing through your smiling body. That’s billions of smiles.
Imagine or see an inner smile just below your navel. This is where the most powerful inner smile lives inside your body. It’s always there ready for you to send it with your mind anywhere in your body to feel “joyful and blissful”.
As you see this inner smile just below your navel, let your lips smile too.
Let your buttocks know how much you love it for letting you sit comfortably while watching movies, playing games, studying. Imagine your bottom is one big smile!
Say to your legs, “I love you legs. Thank you for bearing my weight as I stand, walk, run, dance and play."
Imagine smiles on your upper legs or calves. See big smiles on the front and back of each knee. Say, “I love you knees. Thank you for bending, helping me move with ease.”
Imagine long smiles running down your lower legs. See smiles on your ankles—the inside and outside. Say, “I love you ankles.”
Feel and see smiles in the soles of your feet and on the pad of each and every toe.
Say, “I love you feet and toes.”
Did you know your big toes bear the full weight, the full pressure of your body, with each step? Perhaps you’d like to tell your big toes, “I love you big toes.”
All these different parts of your body function as a team. Let your body know how much you love and appreciate it for working together as a team. If it’s safe to do so, close your eyes. Imagine you’re walking down the street and you pass a bakery. Your nose smells something yummy. Your mind decides to go investigate. Your feet and legs carry you inside as a hand and arm open the door. Your eyes see a delicious dessert to eat. See your favorite dessert right now. Your voice asks the clerk to get it for you. You reach out with an arm to get it. The clerk places it in your hand. Your fingers and thumb work together to pick it up and, along with your arm, bring it closer to your nose to smell. Go ahead and smell it right now? Then your fingers put it in your mouth. The taste buds in your tongue dance in delight as your teeth chew it. Do you see how your body works together as a team?
How about saying along with me: “I love you body. I love how we work together as a team, as ONE.”
While your teeth are still chewing, this delicious dessert mixes with your saliva that starts digesting it, creating a liquid you can easily swallow. It flows down your esophagus, this long tube with wave like muscle movements, to your stomach waiting to receive it. Your stomach produces chemicals to digest this luscious dessert even more. It passes from your stomach into your small intestines where other organs (like your gall bladder, liver and pancreas) send more chemicals to help digestion. Then it flows into your large intestines where good bacteria help digest it further. Excess liquids are removed before the parts of that dessert your body can’t use eventually get expelled. All this happens while you’ve left the bakery and are doing something else.
Once again, let’s say to your body, “I love you body. I love how we work together as ONE!"
Feel your whole body, from the top of your head to the soles of your feet as smiles, smiles, smiles.
Your whole body is glowing with smiles. Beaming with love light.
You are love. You are light. You are so beautiful.
I hope you’re smiling right now at how beautiful you are. At how much love and appreciation you have shown your beautiful body. At how incredible your body is.
And while you’re appreciating how beautiful, incredible, and unique you are, let’s appreciate how wonderfully beautiful, incredible, and unique everyone looks!
Anthropologist Margaret Mead said, “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.”
No one looks any more or any less pretty, ugly, beautiful, or “any other label” than anyone else.
Personally, “I've never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful. Everyone smiles in the same language.”
In Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience, Steve Maraboli said, “This life is for loving, sharing, learning, smiling, caring, forgiving, laughing, hugging, helping, dancing, wondering, healing, and even more loving. I choose to live life this way. I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, ‘look out, he's up!”
Steve didn’t actually say, “look out", but this is a family sharing!
May you be blessed with a smile on your face as you get out of bed every morning. That smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you’re at home. That smile shows everyone the love that is glowing in your heart, bursting as a smile on your lips.
Mother Teresa, who had a beautiful smile, said, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
I’d like to leave you with another gift from Yogananda: it’s a poem titled The Light of Smiles!
“I will light the match of smiles. My gloom veil will disappear.
I shall behold my soul in the light of my smiles, hidden behind the accumulated darkness of ages.
When I find myself, I shall race through all hearts with the torch of my soul-smiles.
My heart will smile first, then my eyes and my face.
Every body-part will shine in the light of smiles.
I will run amid the thickets of melancholy hearts and make a bonfire of all sorrows.
I am the irresistible fire of smiles.
I will fan myself with the breeze of God-joy and blaze my way through the darkness of all minds.
My smiles will convey His smiles and whoever meets me will catch a whiff of my divine joy
I will carry fragrant purifying torches of smiles for all hearts.”
If you and your children practice loving and creating a smiling body and listen to this poem often, you will be smiling in divine joy in each and every moment, if not on the outside, on the inside.
As we say good-bye, continue smiling and allow the energies we’ve co created to assimilate and integrate.
Balancing all movements and activities of the day with short pauses for integration between them has a profound effect on the well being of our bodies and minds.
If you have any reflections or questions, I’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org
With divine blessings of love, light, gratitude, bliss and health in every moment of your precious and beautiful life streaming from my soul to your soul, from my heart to your heart, within the ONE INFINITE LOVE we are, enjoy each moment smiling consciously.