“Peace begins with your lovely smile”.
Thay’s skilfulness in including the word “lovely” in this calligraphy works instantly to soften me into smiling. For if others find it lovely, of course I want to offer it. And in being inspired to offer a lovely smile, I benefit too.
Is the smile the beginning of peace when it is received, when it is smiled, when it is inspired?
When I remember to decide to smile, even the breath before the smile is more peaceful than a breath taken with a furrowed brow. When I know that my smile might bring joy to others, I feel into the broader value of my smile.
When I allow a gentle smile to come through me, I feel instantly more calm. My heart lifts, my breath softens, my whole body relaxes. And my readiness to respond to life mindfully is expanded.
How does your lovely smile generate peace?