Inner smile meditation is to make the most important person in the universe happy.
Let's face it. We live for ourselves. Even our search for enlightenment is to liberate ourselves from suffering, not our spouse or sibling or parent or the much loved neighbor.
And there is nothing wrong with that. We can't bring happiness to anyone, if we are not first happy ourselves. A prisoner can't free another prisoner.
While we are all well-aware of the social and physiological advantages of smiling to the world at large, even larger benefits accrue if we can do the same to ourselves. Sounds corny, but it's incredibly effective.
By smiling inwardly to our organs and glands, the whole body feels loved and appreciated. The body's stress and tension invariably dissolve as the smiling gets the parasympathetic nervous system to induce the relaxation response in our body.
How to do inner smile meditation
The inner smile meditation activates the heart chakra - seat of your love, compassion and empathy. In moments of anger, depression or anxiety, it can help you find a quick refuge within by connecting you to your inner self.
More generally, by alleviating stress and pain, it allows the body to recover its health and vitality. Mindfulness of the internal organs and glands through such 'smiling awareness' acts an antidote to the numerous known and unknown ailments that afflict us.
If for nothing else, do inner smile meditation to stay happy. As Osho said, "Once you have known what inner smile is, you can remain happy for twenty-four hours a day."
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