Smiling in meditation

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Re: Smiling in meditation

Postby Hoja » Wed Sep 09, 2009 1:25 am

appicchato wrote:I find consciously smiling a small smile to be a great tool, both while meditating and in many other situations, as a reminder that 'it's all good'...it manages to lighten many a load and has the ability (for me anyway) to put one's self in a good (better) 'space'...I highly recommend acquiring the habit... :smile:


I agree with that, it's the same in my own experience.

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Re: Smiling in meditation

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Sep 09, 2009 1:57 am

Mine too... whenever I look at Genkaku's signature.

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Re: Smiling in meditation

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:24 am

appicchato wrote:I'm not referring to Vimalaramsi, nor any suttas, nor for the sake of anything...it's a 'tool' that I've found to be beneficial to 'lighten the load' and conducive to putting one's self in a 'good' (better) space...whenever one feels the need...and, on a whim, decided to share this 'tool'...period...


Gotcha, as a tool yes I agree, it can be very usefull, but needs to be appropriately used, smiling continually can bring on some nasty effects as was found in Japan, and work done on former cult members, but the same could be said for frowning.
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Re: Smiling in meditation

Postby Rui Sousa » Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:16 am

appicchato wrote:I find consciously smiling a small smile to be a great tool, both while meditating and in many other situations, as a reminder that 'it's all good'...it manages to lighten many a load and has the ability (for me anyway) to put one's self in a good (better) 'space'...I highly recommend acquiring the habit... :smile:


If it helps raising good will in any mind, then it is a good thing.
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