My son and I are doing an on-line course in Tibetan meditation. I’m noticing a difference in my responses and so I was feeling a little self-congratulatory, which is certainly not part of the course, but then I hit the roadblock of judgment because I’m not as “mindful” as I want, or think, I should be. At least I’m noticing, and of course, the course is about non-judgment and non-criticism.
Synchronously, I had just read this quote from Thich Nhat Hanh:
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
I read it and then my son responded to my text lamenting that I’m not “mindful” more often. Without knowing I’d just read the wisdom of Thich, he replied:
Whenever you notice, smile even if you’re disappointed or annoyed. Smiling works both directions: you do it when mood is positive and it can also cause positive mood. So it reinforces that noticing is good.
I’m reminded of what Marion Rosen, my beloved Rosen Method teacher, demonstrated when she’d spread her arms wide like a bird, and now try to say, “I’m sad or unhappy.”
Spreading arms out wide, head flung back, the heart opens, and it’s easy to say and feel in perfect harmony, “I’m Happy! I’m Joy!”.
And so today, well, this moment, my arms are spread wide to reflect the smile on my face.
On another note, I’m reading a book by Julie Cruikshank. Do Glaciers Listen?
It’s another entry into understanding our relationship with the environment we are and share.
Indigenous people knew and know. We can know and honor too.