First find the inner smile. It's in the heart in the place joy and loveability reside. A memory of childhood or of someone shining their love light can provide an easily followed map to this location.
Absent the memory, trust that there's such a place. It's at the core of the body at the latitude of the heart. Then breathe to this location. Breath with a smile. The breath can go to the diaphragm but the intention is to the heart. Give it a hug and a kiss then exhale.
That's the classic method and it works well. Practice this to develop a constant awareness of joy and loveability. This can be a great strength in times of difficulty.
Not long ago I thought I was depressed. I didn't have a job, my girlfriend and I had broken up, and I suffered. I paced my house bored. I truly thought I was miserable.
Pacing... Back and forth... Restless... Then I saw myself. It was just a glance in a mirror and in that glance, when I didn't think anyone was looking, I saw that I was smiling. So I looked in my heart and there it was, an inner smile. In that sight, I couldn't lie to myself anymore and accepted my happiness.
I had knowledge of the inner smile from a chi nei tsang practitioner and from a short period when I studied standing chi meditation. I also had experimented with looking for the light of God in the people I worked with at the homeless shelter. I knew this smile as the essential aspect of humanity and knew that seeing it in self and others was key to having more of it in the world. As I've said several times before, we lift each other up.
I practiced this, seeing the light, but I didn't know what I was looking at until that moment pacing and the reflection. What I saw then was simply happiness and loveability and it was in a specific location, as described above, such that I could "look" at it. This was heart consciousness.
Now I know that the heart consciousness of a person is an energetic center full of will and courage and strength to live dreams. Directed by intent, it has the potential to interact with anything that vibrates.
I suspect that this is how shamans find the right plant for an ailment and how a revered location develops sanctity. It's in the sharing of the vibration of a heart.
Most of us have experienced the phenomenon of lovelight. There's a shared vibration of hearts and they communicate directly with each other. This is a beautiful example of how we have the capacity to understand from the heart. There's the saying, "the heart knows".
Practicing this consciousness brings love to light. We shine that light and read it in others. This has been at the heart of my mission. Writing about my days, I always just said "we made friends" or "I shared my message" but this was what was really going on. We engendered a persistent shared resonance that's felt in the heart not in the word centered writing mind.
Practice of the inner smile enables heart consciousness. Heart consciousness leads to profound awareness and we need that now. Smile and lift each other up.
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