I found this technique very helpful and wanted to share it with you…..
The basis of Inner Smiling is actively self-generating
acceptance, gratitude, care, and trust. Here are some
of the benefits of Inner Smiling.
It can lower your blood pressure, calm your nervous
system, improve hormone balance, improve your
brain function, and give a positive feeling of well-being.
These effects begin by bringing heart rhythms into
balance. This facilitates coherent brainwaves and
integrated whole brain function. Generating an inner
smile also brings your parasympathetic nervous
system online, which is your relaxation and recovery
When your “relaxation response” is active, your
levels of muscle tension decrease, your digestive
system receives more blood for doing its job well, and
your immune system gets the energy it needs to function
at a peak level.
Your higher level brain functions also come online.
This is in contrast to when you feel fear and stress,
which actually shuts down your higher brain functions.
As your body relaxes, you decrease production of the
stress hormone, cortisol, and increase production of
DHEA, which regulates your body’s ability to heal and
repair itself. Pretty exciting stuff!
Not to mention it feels pretty darn good too!
So, how do you practice Inner Smiling?
Here are four simple steps:
1. Close your eyes and take several slow deep breaths.
2. Imagine that you are breathing in and out through
your heart to focus your attention there.
3. Smile into your heart with acceptance, appreciation,
gratitude, and care.
4. Imagine and feel your Inner Smile expanding from
your heart to infuse every cell in your body.
To help you generate Inner Smiling in your heart and
your body as a whole, you can bring to mind someone
whom you care for unconditionally, such as your parent,
spouse, child, or pet. Or recall something that you
love to do or someone who makes you smile.
Bring your appreciation for those people, pets, or
events, into your heart and then send it outward into
your whole body.
If you find this challenging at first, you might spend
a little extra time focusing on breathing deeply in and
out through your heart. Allow any feelings of tension
or irritation to dissolve in your breath.
Then, imagine someone or something you effortlessly
appreciate or simply accept yourself and whatever is
happening unconditionally. Be grateful for “what is.”
Just putting a subtle smile on your lips may be enough
to bring an Inner Smile into your body. Inner Smiling
is a doorway to feeling your inner essence and
transforming your life from the inside out.
Enjoy your practice!