As I stood in the line at the grocery store today I felt the tug of worry on my attention saying, “I wonder how much this is all going to cost. What if it is more than I expected? Will I be able to afford it?” I smiled at the thoughts; they jockey so diligently for their position in my attention.
Smiling at yourself helps take away the seriousness of the constant stream of mind, which often turns to negative scenarios when left to its own devices. I decided to choose a different reaction, rather than falling back on the comfortable pattern of worry. I chose to be grateful that I was taking place in the exchange.
The more you give the more you receive; every action has an equal and opposite reaction. So as I paid for my groceries I smiled. Not only did the smile lead to a nice exchange with the man checking out the groceries, but it made me feel lighthearted and grateful to take part in the cycle of giving and receiving. Lightening up leads to more joy, more reasons to smile. I hope this video gives you as much joy and lightheartedness as it gave me!