In celebration of Valentine’s Day today, I would like to share with you a special meditation – the Inner Smile. This is a Taoist mediation which activates loving kindness within your smiling inner heart. It is said that your inner heart is the portal to a direct experience with your soul.
The essence of this practice is a smile. The universal language of a smile speaks straight to the heart, bypassing the intellect and ego. Smiling to others and ourselves is a gift of love. It is an elixir filled with powerful transformation and healing energy.
- Find a comfortable seat, and close your eyes. Let the spine be tall and allow your entire body to relax. Let your tongue rest on the upper pallet behind the front teeth (to activate the microcosmic orbit – a body energy circuit). Take some deep breaths focusing on a releasing exhalation.
- Relax your facial features and take your awareness to your third eye (the space between the eyebrows). In that space imagine someone or something that brings you great joy. Raise the corners of your mouth into an easy smile.
- Sit with the feeling of that smile in your body for several breaths.
- Now take this smile now into your heart. The heart element is fire, which can activate anything. Love, the most powerful energy of all, resides in the heart. Allow your inner smile to activate the vast love contained within you.
- Let your heart continue smiling and radiating this love throughout your body. You can imagine your body as hollow and the smile as a glowing ball of light filling every dark corner. If you have certain areas of your body that need more attention, pause there for several breaths allowing the healing energy of the inner smile to bathe that body part in healing light.
- When the inner smile in your body feels complete, begin to send out your inner smile to the world. Give yourself several breaths to allow your smile to become more and more expansive and luminous. Notice how this feels.
- Complete the meditation with a few deeper breaths and a closing that feels right for you (bowing, hands to heart, a prayer).
I hope you enjoy this simple but profoundly effective practice. As Mother Theresa said, “Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
love & pranams,