We don’t smile because we’re always happy; we are happy because we smile.

23 03 2017

In today’s meeting, we read the first story of the book Something You Forgot along the Way titled Making the World Happier, A Smiling Face and a Word of Kindness. It’s such a heart-warming story.

In Buddhism, we are encouraged to smile no matter how we feel inside. “Think of it as an ascetic practice or training,” say the masters of Buddhism.

Usually we think, “I’m not feeling good today. My back hurts.” or “What a gloomy day. It’s cloudy again.” And so we stop smiling or in no time, without even knowing, we have a frown on our face. This might cause people around us to feel uncomfortable and so even our human relationships might go sour. Sometimes people feel, “I have too much on my mind. I have so many deadlines to meet.” And so they are not mindful of smiling. But as their whole focus is on their worries and troubles, things often don’t go smoothly and they fall even more deeply into despair or a cycle of hopelessness.

This is why Buddhism encourages us to make it out habit to smile. If you stand in front of a mirror every morning and train your facial muscles to smile over and over again, you might find that it’s much easier to smile now. Like any other activity, we can train ourselves to smile more.

In Buddhism, there is a saying that “If you plant seeds of compassion, you will be shielded from your agonizing concerns and worries.”

So next time you find yourself in a vicious cycle of despair or hopelessness, try to practice smiling. You will see that you’ll find a way out of your troubles and a path will open up for you.  Get the book https://www.amazon.com/Something-You-Forgot-Along-Way/dp/0979047110 and remind yourself of how powerful it is to smile.

 

 





V – Vanquish your Vagueness

8 07 2016

Keeping promises is the basis of trust and happiness. Promises that can’t be kept shouldn’t be made in the first place. But once our words are given, we need to follow through no matter what.

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Vanquish your Vagueness


Are you one of those people who when asked something says “Mmm…..we’ll see” or “Let me think about that” or “Can I get back to you about that?” and promptly file it in your “Let’s Forget All About It box”, because you don’t want to make a decision?  You might be afraid that you’ll make the wrong choice and won’t be able to correct it.  Or perhaps you feel you might be roped into something

that you won’t be able to get out of later.  Maybe the very thought of someone thinking anything negative about you sends you into mental turmoil, so you dither between saying yes or no.  If you say yes, they’ll like you but you’ll have to do something you’d much rather not, on the other hand if you say no they won’t like you anymore.

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The Parable of Brother Leo

8 07 2016

Actions speak louder than words. Right on.

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I have decided to take a small break from writing my blog for a while, to concentrate on others parts of my business.  I will still post content that I consider inspirational, controversial or simply thought-provoking on here.  Today’s post is  from Michael Josephson of http://www.charactercounts.org.

A legend tells of a French monastery known throughout Europe for the extraordinary leadership of a man known only as Brother Leo.  Several monks began a pilgrimage to visit Brother Leo to learn from him.  Almost immediately, they began to bicker about who should do various chores.

On the third day they met another monk going to the monastery and he joined them.  This monk never complained or shirked a duty,

and whenever the others would fight over a chore, he would gracefully volunteer and do it himself.  By the last day the others were following his example, and from then on they worked…

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Farewell Party in April 2011, LA

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