Before yoga class this morning all of my life circumstances were flooding my head and triggering so many emotions that I was struggling to get out of the back office and teach my class. I knew I needed something to pull me out of the garbage that I walked into the studio with, so I picked up Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh and began reading.
I opened the book to the Buddhist practice of “half-smile”. Simply lift the corners of your mouth and “half-smile when you first wake up in the morning… half-smile during your free moments… half-smile while listening to music… half-smile when irritated for 3 breaths.” I put down the book and in the middle of my mental disturbances I half-smiled and breathed. It took that simple act to shake me of my stories so I could walk into the studio to be present for the students.
At times life can be so overwhelming that we don’t see a way out. Situations happen to us or to our family that we have no control over yet demand our time and energy. When a calamity happens it can be all consuming and a little reminder to practice consciousness can come in handy. The simple act today of half-smiling gave me the extra support I needed to share where I was at with my students yet also see a way out of my own way. I didn’t need to have an answer to solve the life situations but merely an opening to the present moment that “yes I am OK” and that with belief and trust in the natural flow of the universe all else will work itself out.
Michael A. Singer The Untethered Soul says “The truth is, everything will be okay as soon as you are okay with everything. And that’s the only time everything will be okay.
Happy Independence Day and half-smile even when you think you can’t!
Keirsten Mooney – Owner, Bala Vinyasa Yoga in Naples & Miami, Florida