Smiling connects us with others. It is a peaceful sign. Take a moment to think of any photo you have ever seen of the Dalai Lama. He’s always smiling ear to ear, his face radiant.
We know we can smile with our faces, but yoga teaches that we can also smile with our hearts. In Sanskrit, the Heart Chakra is known as “Anahata” which translates to “unhurt.” It means that deep inside each of us, beneath all the stuff, there is this place untouched by pain, mistrust, or hurt. It is a reservoir of ever re-generating love and abundant compassion. And the more we connect to our 4th Chakra (which represents the right to love and be loved), the more we feel an overall balance between giving and receiving in our lives. The stronger our Heart Chakra, the more able we are to share its qualities of unconditional love, compassion, acceptance and trust out in the world!
Smile! You are Beautiful.
Here are 10 reasons people should smile more:
- Smiling is a Universal Language we all understand
- Smiling spreads joy
- Smiling makes you more attractive
- Smiling is contagious
- Smiling requires less effort than frowning because fewer facial muscles are used.
- Smiling builds relationships. It bridges the gaps between us.
- Smiling puts you and others at ease
- Smiling makes you more confident
- Smiling changes your brain chemistry
- Smiling attracts more of the same energy* to you.
• Here is a super simple fact about energy: It is attracted to the same kind of energy. Like energy attracts like energy. When we breath, feel and live from our heart energy, we attract more of the same. This is otherwise known as the law of attraction
Develyn Steele says,"Smiling changes your attitude, raises your confidence, and makes you more attractive." Whether you believe it or not, smiling changes how you feel. If you doubt this, then start smiling and thinking positive thoughts and see what develops. You will find that you can't help but have a more elevated attitude known as Pratipaksha Bhavana when you smile, or even think about when you were last smiling.
You see, smiling affects our emotions because of a body-brain connection. It triggers scientifically measurable activity in the left frontal cortex of the brain where happiness is registered. In fact, of the 44 muscles of the face that allow us to create more than 5000 different types of expressions, each of those expressions will have a unique effect on the way you feel and how OTHERS feel about you.
When you smile with your heart, your thoughts naturally cultivate positive thinking at the same time. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia