Smiling is a simple action that has deep and significant positive effects. When I look into someones eyes and smile, it breaks down all barriers that may otherwise come between us. In that instant the smile is returned and a joyous feeling fills my heart as we share a pure moment of friendship and understanding.
Never underestimate the power of a smile. This is something you can share with friends or strangers. It is a communication that has no linguistic boundaries. It is multiplied when it is reflected back to you and is a simple generator of good feelings which can bring about happiness and improved health.
In Chinese Taoist healing an ‘Inner Smile’ is given to each organ allowing it to feel your concious directive of positive energy, thus enlivening the organ and promoting balance of it’s function.
Taoist Master Mantak Chia has taught the inner smile for the past 40 years. “In ancient China, the Taoists taught that a constant inner smile to oneself, insured health, happiness and longevity. Why? Smiling to yourself is like basking in love: you become your own best friend. Living with an inner smile is to live in harmony with yourself.”
Mantak Chia also explained that as sickness starts from negative emotions settling in the organs, the inner smile breaks this cycle. “By transforming destructive emotions into positive energy the inner smile removes the cause and symptoms of disharmony.”
You can read more about healing sounds and the inner smile by following the link below to Mantak Chia’s website and reading the article by Caroline Robertson, a Naturopath, Homoeopath and Ayurvedic consultant in Sydney, Australia.
Mantak Chia is a phenomenal Taoist Master who’s teachings I came across over 20 years ago. He is well worth investigating and incidentally has made it to the Watkins’ Spiritual 100 List for 2012. I was a bit curious about this list so have included the link below.
The scientific community have also shown that smiling triggers endorphins (happy hormones) and immune boosting T-cells to be released. When the face smiles it opens up the blood vessels in the head which lowers cerebral vascular temperature. It has been suggested this is one of the contributing factors to feeling good when you smile.
Smile therapy actually lowers the stress hormones cortisol, adrenalin and noradrenaline and produces hormones which stabilise blood pressure, relax muscles, improve respiration, reduce pain, accelerate healing and stabilise mood.
Personally I just get a kick out of smiling and seeing people smile back. It makes me feel connected to others, as if we are sharing a happy secret.
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