You should wake up with a big smile on your face. How would you want life to welcome you? With a smile. OK, there are challenges too and then life shows us its teeth… we won’t act like we don’t see the challenges… But you should smile.
I love Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. The way he writes is soft, calm and he touches your heart. His teachings taught me to draw a smile on my face in every moment. Yesterday I was reading his book “Peace in every breath: a practice for our busy lives” and I quote the following excerpt… which tells everything.
“The moment you wake up, right away, you can smile. That’s a smile of enlightenment. You are aware that a new day is beginning, that life is offering you twenty-four brand-new hours to live, and that that’s the most precious of gifts. You can revote the following poem to yourself, either silently or out loud:
Waking up this morning, I smile:
Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.
I choose to live each moment fully
and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.
You may like to say the verse as you lie there in your bed, with your arms and legs comfortably relaxed. Breathing in, you say the first line; breathing out, you say the second. With your next-in breath, you recite the third; and breathing out, the fourth. Then with a smile on your face you sit up, slide your feet into your slippers and walk to the bathroom.”
The challenges of life for many years burdened my soul and I was smiling only when I was with other people. Now I smile every time I wake up as the Elena-body starts its day. I smile when I create my jewels, when I write, when I clean the bathroom, when I walk… because the Present itself brings a smile to the face. And when I get distracted, I immediately change the expression of my face and I smile.
This, eases the soul. One step at a time. One smile at a time.