April 28th, 2015
Until I Smile
When I first learned the art of meditation in an uptown Buddhist center, that was one helpful idea that was taught to me. How long do you meditate for? Until you smile and feel ready to take on the day.
I love this idea! Not only because I love smiling, which I do of course! But also because there is an Industrial Engineering component. The idea that you have to do an evaluation of yourself and your current mental condition to determine how long to do something instead of just blindly doing it for the same amount of time all of the time.
So I started with meditation. On the mornings I am able to get up on time and give myself time for things like meditation (which has been much more frequent in the past week), I meditate until I smile. I always jump up energized and ready to start the day.
For me, this theory is starting to extend far beyond meditation. Practicing sight-reading on the piano is something I have been doing for about a year now, off and on. It often makes me smile. Now, I have put sight-reading on my list of courses for the semester and I make sure to do it every morning. It is actually the only “class” that I don’t take a day off from during the week. Each morning, I now practice piano until I smile and am ready to start the day.
The cool thing about my new morning routine is that I am now smiling a lot. Yesterday, I smiled while watch videos from my Anatomy class. Learning the different terminology for anatomical positioning was cool, it made me smile.
Today, I smiled and was happy while exercising. Maybe this is something that always happens to you, but for me it was remarkable. I often laugh at the instructor in the videos I watch because she is always making jokes and saying cute things, but today was different. Today I smiled because I was literally happy to be doing the exercising. Happy to be doing something good for my body and my life. Happy and ready to start the day ☺
Let’s see what other things I can do until I smile today! Are there any things you do that make you smile?