“To meditate well, we have to smile, a lot… I always say that a smile can be a practice, a kind of yoga practice. Yoga of the mouth: you just smile even if you don’t feel joy and you’ll see after you smile that you’ll feel differently. Sometimes the mind takes the initiative and sometimes you have to allow the body to take the initiative.Sometimes the spirit leads, and sometimes the body can lead.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
First, center yourself. Breathe in, and with every exhale feel yourself become more calm. Once you have reached a state of calm and relaxation, turn all of your energy into your head, make your head a focus point of your energy.
With your eyes closed, let attention move to the inside of your eyes. Feel how wonderful your eyes are - they are the window to the world you see every day. Check in with them and feel them as they Are. Do the same with your nose, focusing your attention there next. Feel what it is like for you nostrils to breathe.
Next, send the focus lower to your mouth. Feel the inside of your mouth, letting your tongue relax behind your teeth. Feel your lips resting in their natural state. Move your attention downward to your chin, feeling your chin and jaw slacken and become calm, relaxed, and aware of its presence.
After your face has been acknowledged throughout your practice so far, lend awareness to your face as a whole. With all of the parts relaxed, let your entire face reach a neutral and natural position.
Finally, focus attention again on your lips. Slowly raise the corners of your lips upward, letting yourself attain a relaxed and gentle smile. Widen your smile until you feel it connect with your Inner smile - you will feel yourself click into a certain harmony of being. Notice your energy begin to shift, you should feel a warm sense of peaceful energy beginning to well up and then radiate from your body.
Now, maintaining the smile, return attention to your eyes. Bask in the feeling of warmth, relaxation, and uplifted energy. Allow your eyes, while still closed, to smile too. Connecting the smile of your eyes with the smile of your lips will help you tune into your true Inner smile, that inner sense of harmony that you feel with your mind, body, and spirit.
Hold this smile until you feel awareness start to come through to the rest of your body. When you choose to end your practice, end it slowly for the lingering effects of the meditation to uplift your energetic presence and sense of well being.
You know, I’ve been seeing that “Why are you following me?” meme going around a lot, and… and I just want you to know that, no matter who you are, I don’t follow you for what you produce. I don’t follow you for just your fic or your art or whatever it is. I follow you because you make interesting posts or you reblog pretty or inspiring or thought-provoking things. I follow you for your text posts and personal ramblings and gripes about bad days and excitement about good ones. I follow you because maybe we met through fandom, maybe you wrote or drew a thing I liked, or maybe I wrote a thing you liked, but that was just the knock on the door. I don’t look at you folks as a buffet of free things to devour for my pleasure. You are all so, so much more than that.
I feel like it’s really easy to dismiss ourselves, to sell ourselves short, to duck our heads and apologize (for not producing enough, for not producing the ‘right’ things, for not doing more more more), to look at ourselves as only having value if we’re producing (more more more). I know I do this; I feel bad if I haven’t come to you with a new here is this thing I made on a regular basis. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this weird, self-imposed pressure.
I never forget that there’s a person with thoughts and feelings and hopes and dreams and varied interests behind every “so-and-so is now following you” post. I’m glad when you choose to interact with me, I really, really am, but it’s okay if you want to be quiet, too.
I follow the people I follow because something on their blog said yes, yes this is stuff I like (uh, probably coupled with a side of ahh! look how nicely they tag! if I’m being honest.) And if I don’t follow you back, but you follow me? It’s because of time/dash management. I know you’re there, and I appreciate you. Each and every one of you, whether you create something new every day, or send asks, or like posts, or just observe. Thanks for following me, and thanks for inspiring me. I’m glad you’re here.
Take up more space as a woman. Take up more time. Take your time. Take your space. You’re taught to hide, censor, move about without messing up decorum for a man’s comfort. Whether it’s said or not, you’re taught balance. Fuck that. Displease. Disappoint. Destroy. Be loud, be…