Many times I notice myself thinking of peace and happiness in the future tense. I assume that when the weekend arrives, when the dishes are done, when the hammock is hung that I will be able to let go and be free to relax. The weekend rolls around and I swing in my hammock thinking of this week’s projects, deadlines, goals, and what I should be making for dinner. Our fast-paced, competitive culture keeps the practice of staying present and letting go foreign. We are taught that the right job, material object, relationship, or acceptance letter will complete us. We become obsessed and stressed to make these changes externally with the hope that we will feel whole internally.
It is my belief that many diseases and emotional imbalances today are due to the stress of working towards an unsustainable form of happiness. The secret we have been inspired to share with you today is that peace and happiness can be cultivated from inside. We have crafted a recipe that will help you to create stillness and connect with your perfect, beautiful spirit.
Breath-Smile-Be: A Recipe for Tranquility
- 1 Minute Deep Breathing
- 1 Minute Smiling
- 1 Minute in Silence
Deep, slow breathing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and allows our mind and body to be calm. Breathing exercise of this kind dampens the production of harmful stress hormones. We not only relax physically, but mentally. Mental clarity is important as it allows us to discern what is essential in life. Once we have a clear vision of how we want to feel physically and emotionally we can begin to make healthy choices that will allow us to remain balanced.
Smiling releases endorphins and serotonin. Endorphins not only block pain, but are also responsible for the feeling of pleasure. Serotonin helps to stabilize our mood. We possess the necessary tools to be calm and feel pleasure. They literally reside right under our noses.
Last, but not least, be still and relish this moment. Feel your internal well fill with love, inspiration, creativity, and gratitude. Observe any thoughts that arise and let them go. This practice is easy, yet powerful. It gives us the ability to find peace and happiness wherever we are. Practice this in the restroom, at work, when you are driving. The world is full of so many distractions that keep us from fully seeing and believing that we are whole and loved just the way we are. When you feel yourself forgetting this simply breath, smile, and be.