Those that know me well, know I love to smile. I have been a ‘smiler’ since the early days.. often given odd looks by 'passer byes' and even by acquaintances. My favorite smiling story goes back to when I was Program Director at WNBC-TV in New York. From day one when I would walk down the hallways, either on the floor we occupied or other floors where the network folks were, I would smile and most often say hello. Well the looks I got, especially on the network floors, but also from my colleagues were humorous. I soon learned that this was not the ‘norm’ among executives. And no, it did not deter me.. I continued and continue smiling my way through life. Try it. Smiling at 'strangers' gets a variety of reactions but you never know how you may enhance that person you smile at's day.
Here’s an excerpt from Matt Kahn’s email on what he labels as his spiritual practice:
“A smile is a declaration of freedom shining out from your eternally liberated nature, shouting from the roof tops through the cosmic language of silence, “I am here. I matter. I exist for a reason.” A smile is a gift of emotional generosity, like a gift certificate of healing energy, where the receiver can decide where such energy can be best used for the evolution of his/her soul. A smile is a confirmation of alignment with Source and being settled in your highest Truth, only revealing the need for deeper transformations the moment you look away, pull back, and hide.
A smile is a high five exchanged between angels affirming the perfection of their victory no matter how circumstances come to be. A smile is a remembrance of Heaven sent from the purest space within you to awaken the purity of all. A smile is a symbol of awakened heart-centered consciousness affirming all that is whole, right, and perfect about this moment exactly as it is. A smile is a spiritual cease-fire that only brings defeat to the parts and aspects that were never created to go any further. A smile is a moment of profound surrender, no longer needing to hold anything together or manage a journey that is too busy taking care of you to brief you on its plan.”
I think smiling is over all more acceptable than it was back in the 80’s when I first lived full time in New York City… but I still get surprised looks from people even here during my walks in the Venice Beach and Canal areas!
Have a super smiling day!