Why is there such emphasis on Smiling, does it really matter?
Smiling is incredibly helpful in developing an uplifted and light mind. There is scientific evidence that smiling changes our brain chemistry. It’s like the brain thinks: Oh, the mouth is smiling. I must be happy then! You ‘fake’ it until you make it!
Seriously, we are developing Right Effort – What is that?
- Recognizing there is an unwholesome feeling
- Letting go of that feeling
- Bringing up a wholesome state (Smiling is one way)
- Keep it going
This is the Buddha’s Right Effort, a part of the Noble Eightfold Path. We just transformed it into an easy to remember shorthand, calling it
the 6 R’s:
You 6R whenever your mind strays from your meditation object, so whenever a hindrance arises.
Smile all the time. Smile with your lips, your eyes, and particularly with your heart and mind.
Are you washing the dishes? You can do that with a smile. Practicing walking or sitting meditation? Smile the entire session!
And smile at strangers. Though this might seem a bit scary at first, it turns out that most people love it and will smile back!