Smiling Inside

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Lisa Pollard
Return to Center - Accessible Yoga & Mindfulness with Lisa Pollard
Smiling Inside is an invitation to observe what happens when we make a small gesture with the mouth and discover if anything responds within the body heart & mind. Can you experience the connection within your mindfulness practice? This short practice also invites kindness through touch and warmth to the body, to support wellness and generosity. A generative practice where words can invite ease  with the breath and a quiet internal dialogue. Enjoy your practice and I hope it supports you each day. 
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34 reflections
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Tiffany
Diffusing thoughts
In my past my body has been used to betray my soul. To be able to love myself & others I am working with my body & mind to heal my soul. When I am one with my body, mind, and soul, I am able to stop the automatic physical reactions to triggers from my past. So I can stay present in loving relationships & moments.
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Ella
Smiling Inside
This meditation made me realize that my face naturally rests in a half-smile and that's exactly how I like it. When I'm feeling upset or anxious my face reflects that and it feels unnatural so that can add to the upset. By taking a few minutes to return to a half-smile inside and out I can regain my equilibrium and it really does feel so good. Thank you!
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Alizabeth
Being nice
I learned that doing something nice isn't the only way to build your self confidence and also fill yourself with joy.
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Darlene
Hand on the heart
I learned that placing my hand on my heart and the other hand on my belly can be calming, calming and reassuring. Amazing!
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Elsa
I learned about something called smiling. It's where your mouth edges curve up and your heart feels
Dude, my mouth can't curve upwards!!!!!🤔😱 Me smiling =😐 really helpful meditation for people giving themselves a hard time.
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Reasa Falgoust
Smiling
I forgot how to smile. Helped me much to just do it even if I did not "feel" like it.
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Brianna
A half smile can take away the words that tell my brain fester fester
Be angry be upset , but now I am content , rather sleepy too
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Ciera
Day 3
Smiling affects your whole body in a positive way. It makes you feel warm and happy inside and reflects to the outside.
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remi
Touch
I learned that the sense of touch can make myself feel much better, my anxiety cleared as soon as my hands touched my heart and stomach
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TAMI
Smiling
I learned that smiling is the physical switch that turns on my inner light. It is the action that opens my mind and then my body to the joys that are present in my day. What a lovely reminder that I can let my light shine at any given moment!!!
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Kate
Kindness
I learned that it is therapeutic to be kind to ourselves and other people and simply wishing for wellness for myself and others with each inhale and exhale of a deep breath is a simple way to practice this. It helps make mindfulness even more spiritual.
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Derek
A smile truly works wonders! Even for myself, inside.
What an amazingly simple and completely effective practice! I truly released anxiety and replaced with internal peace.
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Everett
So seeing
Sought only to seek and finding no options no source of sight I just stay put and love always
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Michael
Smiling
Smiling actively awakens your spiritual energies from within.
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Megan
Peacefulness
This was great to relax and feel peaceful and ignite a happy feeling to start my day off well.
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Livia
Smile
A smile and touch can really lift the spirit of the whole body and make you relax and feel better all round.
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Arana
Smile Inside
Even when I feel sad, I learned that I must smile inside, speak words to myself to help me to press on. This act will change my current mood, so I will do this throughout the day.
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Katie
Smiling helps my mood
Smiling from the inside increases happiness and you actually feel joy inside you're body. Saying kind words to yourself also helps to increase happiness. Just making a smile can put you in a good mood.
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Susie
Smiling inside
Smiling made my heart feel warm and happy😊 although the edges of my smile were quivering. It is much easier for me to smile at someone else than it is to smile at myself...good lesson. I like affirmations when I am practicing breath work. 🙏🏻
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Chelsea
Good
This was a nice meditation. I especially like focusing on wishing others well as I don't feel like I'm doing that enough lately.
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Madison
26/365
The past two days I have felt extremely emotional and sad for no apparent reason. This meditation reminded me that it is important to take time to smile throughout the day, wishing happiness and wellness on yourself and others, and to smile within your heart.
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Dee
Myself
I have learned that my mood has impressed with just a few minutes to myself every morning. I’m happier!
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Krissy
Forced happiness.
Making free smile, even though I was having feeling of anxiousness, actually caused my body to produce that feeling of happiness.
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Giana
The Start
I learned that giving a half smile really did help a lot with how I was feeling.
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Riley
Sad
I didnt really learn anything im still upset I feel like im not worth it and it hurts so bad and i get called ugly and fat so this thing that tells you to smile did not help. At. All.
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Samantha
happiness
I learned that I can make myself happy just by thinking differently.
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Emelie
Happiness
I actually feel lighter :) I will keep these 4 minutes to remember when I feel sad again.
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Trisha
Holding On
I learned that I am holding on to things that make me feel hurt and sad. I am always trying to save things out of guilt. I don’t know how to let go.
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Kayla
Bice
Did this one before work & feeling more centered on good thoughts as I head into my day.
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Natalie
Smiling inside
WOW. A few seconds after i made that half smile, an overwhelming sensation flooded my chest & heart & i felt happy inside. For the first time in a long time. Then she said you might feel that sensation & i got chills. Then after i placed my hand on my heart my stomach i felt like i was okay & comfortable with myself for the first time in my life. & now even tho my life is in a tough spot right now, Im smiling inside 😊
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Terri
SAd
This made me cry and realize how stressed out I am feeling.
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Yasmin
Smile
I don’t know how to smile. The Half smile felt awkward, I wasn’t sure how too do it. My face felt unpleasant trying to do the exercise .
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Michelle
Calming
Offering loving kindness to muse and others is a great pick me up.
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Lisa
🙏🏻 Smiling Inside 🙏🏻
Listening to Lisa Pollard’s tracks are an inspiring way to begin each day! I learned that today is a new day and it brings with it a new set of opportunities for me to act on. I am attentive to the opportunities and I seize them as they arise. I have full confidence in myself and my abilities. I can do all things that I commit myself to. No obstacle is too big or too difficult for me to handle because what lies inside me is greater than what lies ahead of me. I am committed to improving myself and I am getting better daily. I am not held back by regret or mistakes from the past. I am moving forward daily. Absolutely nothing is impossible for me.