Hundreds of Smiles

A beautiful reminder – Thank you!


“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Sounds simple, right? Recognizing a smile manifesting when feeling joyful. It feels pleasant and natural. But putting a smile on our face when we are not feeling so well seems contrary, somehow. It has often worked for me, though. Such is the experiential nature of Zen. Intentionally smiling when not feeling joyful, feeling the muscles of the face relaxing; then the shoulders, neck, upper body. A calmness comforting the ache, transforming it into ease and joy. Smiling to the world and it smiles back; much of the time. In both our inner and outer world.

My camera captured beautiful smiles during the Finding Our True Home retreat at Deer Park Meditation Center with Thich Nhat Hanh and a thousand retreatants. Perhaps it’s my public health background nudging me to share…

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