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Smiling as You Breathe In

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Jiva Masheder
Mindfulness & Self-Compassion Teacher
When we smile to ourselves, it can help to improve our mood - mind and body are so linked and influence each other in both directions. Give it a go - gently smiling to yourself as you meditate.
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17 reflections
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Travis
Change of Perspective
Mindfulness often makes me realize the stress I have, but seldom do I remember the joy I experience through it.
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Tiffany
Smile
“Breathe out a gentle smile” except there was nothing gentle about my smile. It was big and bright and full of teeth showing! All because I decided to be happy. And it’s the best decision I ever made! #OmShanti #Light #Love
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Alexander
Breathe and smile
Using both the breathe and a smile seems to be the best way to brighten my day!
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Simon
Blue sky thinking ☀️
I was happily reminded that even the slightest smile lifts up one’s eyes to notice innumerable gifts all around us - a gloriously sunny day and birdsong being among these today. Thank you 🙂🙏
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Cherish
Smiling to Yourself
In this meditation, Jiva has us smile to ourselves as we breathe in. Smiling to myself with each breath, I could feel my heart space becoming full of warmth and love. By the end of this meditation, I noticed that I was smiling from ear to ear beaming with positive energy. Truly, smiling to ourselves while meditating can greatly enhance our mood! Try it and find out! Have a beautiful day! 🙏🏻❤️😊
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Walter J
Smilin...
“Breathing in I smile to myself” ... It is such a simple phrase, but it will make you smile. I was smiling from the 1st In-breath. It was interesting that I noticed about halfway thru I was throat-humming on the out-breath without even trying. This creates a vibration in your chest and body. I will do this on purpose from time to time usually when I am very happy,but this time my body was doing it on its own. I guess that supports her phrase “your mood will follow your face.” Powerful thought!! ❤️😀🍀
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Susie
Smile
I was surprised to realize that I could connect my breath, my heart and my smile.🙂💕 Thank you for your gentle guidance 🙏
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Judith
Smile - Just What the Doctor Ordered
A smile is universal. We all know it. I awoke still stressed and sad about my roommate. I offered to keep him off the streets, but he has been in a victim state of spirit and can’t see past it for the last 2 years he has been at my house. He is really screwing with the household vibe. Consequences, I didn’t think before I invited him. He is turning into a psychic vampire, but would lose it if I said that to him So this was just the perfect to start the day to leave bad neighborhood that can be my mind and inner monologue.
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Susan
Smiling as You Breathe In
Thank you for allowing me to begin my day with a smile on my face and in my heart. With a gentle reminder to smile gently as I breathe in, my entire mood was lifted.
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Sharmain
Just smile
I learned that practicing smiling, even without any reason, makes me feel good about myself. It made me feel lighter and somewhat peaceful too. But, of course, it’s better if we have many reasons to smile about! It’s a good way to start a day. Thanks for this practice. Namaste 🙏
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Cherish
Intentionally Smile
When our body doesn’t feel very well, our mood can be negatively affected. But, if we can improve our mood, we can improve how our body feels. In this beautiful meditation, Jiva has us intentionally smile to ourselves as we breath in. When I woke up in the middle of the night, this meditation came to my mind for some reason. As I was going through meditations to listen to this morning, this one appeared and I am so thankful it did! When I woke up this morning, I felt sensations of aches and pains in my body. Settling in my chair and repeating Jiva’s words, I began to say, Breathing in, I smile to myself. As I began to smile to myself with each new inhale, the aches and pains seemed to subside a little, my body seemed to become a little lighter and even my mood was improving. By the end of this meditation, my heart center was filled with warmth and I noticed that I was grinning from ear to ear. I know that I will make it a great day despite feeling aches and pains in my body! As we go about our day, remember to periodically intentionally smile to ourself. Doing so will not only relieve some tension in our body, but also will greatly improve our mood and thus, our overall well-being. Namaste 😃🙏🏻❤️☮️
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Christiane
Broken smile
I noticed that it was very hard for me to relax enough to smile. I kept trying but it felt like I was just grimacing in pain. I feel like my smile is broken right now. But I love being encouraged to try, and will try to come back to this during my day, allow myself to gently smile at myself.
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Julie
Intentionally Smile
The simple act of smiling can change your mood into a more positive state. In this short effective meditation, Jiva has you repeat the words silently to yourself “I smile for myself” on each inhale along with putting a smile on your face. With each inhale, I could feel the smile on my face continuing to grow. Great meditation to begin my day with. I will have to remember this exercise the next time I need to turn my frown upside down.
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Jeanisse
Smile even at adversity
Life can be tough on all of us from time to time, that's for sure... & we may forget simple acts like kindness, compassion, or even to give a smile at others. All of this things are necessary, because, like us, there's a fight -a struggle- that others are going through that we dont know about. In this meditation, we are extended the opportunity to demonstrate kindness, compassion & even to give a smile to ourselves, because we deserve it. We have been fighting -struggling for so long that we need to be kinder to our own self. It can be difficult to smile at adversity, but practice compassion. Life will get easier.
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Jessica
OK
Before starting this meditation, I felt calm and balanced. I experienced little change from this meditation — I did not feel calmer, nor did I feel more joyful.
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Sandra
😊
I haven’t been able to smile for decades. It is even difficult for me to do a fake smile. I am learning to now and have reasons to now. I enjoyed this meditation, learning to smile during meditation 😊the brain takes in a smile as happiness, even a fake one...
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Melodie
Smile to yourself
I learned that smiling to yourself can make yourself happier :)
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