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August 19, 2017

Recently during a private session with a student we went deep on the subject of smiling even though you dont feel like it.  This beautiful soul was in the very early stage of grief having just buried someone she loves very much.  Smiling was not easy for her. And yet, in the midst of her deep sorrow and real pain, she was talking to me about all the things she was so very grateful for - in particular the love and support demonstrated by her family, friends, co-workers and "strangers."  

We dove deep into some of the teachings by Saint Mother Teresa, Thich Nhat Hanh and the scientific evidence that smiling - even faking or forcing a smile - reduces stress and makes you happier.  

In 2015, The Huffington Post reported that scientists Tara Kraft and Sarah Pressman conducted a study * .  The evidence proved that smiling, even if one is not feeling happy, can slow heart rate and decrease perceived levels of stress.  Smiling calms our nervous system. Another...

August 6, 2017

This is a post and a picture that I copied from my teacher, davidji's Facebook page this morning.  It inspired me to comment and share here on my blog. I would love to hear from you in the comment section below my blog.

“When we meditate, our body's chemistry changes. In fact, we experience the opposite of the physiological effects produced by the fight-or-flight and ego responses. We are less inclined to perspire, our breathing and heart rate slow, our body's production of stress hormones decreases, our sex hormone production increases, our growth hormone levels are elevated, our immune system strengthens, and our platelets become less sticky as blood flows more easily throughout our entire body....some might even go as far to say that meditation saves lives!!! – www.davidji.com

My comment:

Last week while I was out at a restaurant a woman suddenly fell to the ground.  I ran to her instinctively. As I knelt down I assessed that we needed to call 911 and so I asked a gentlemen standi...

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