Why you should smile more, play more and live full-time in your heart
“The only way to live is by accepting each minute as an unrepeatable miracle.”–Storm Jameson
When asked the secret to life, Thich Nhat Hahn, the amazing Vietnamese Buddhist monk, said, “Get up later in the morning and smile more.”
Isn’t that the exact opposite of everything we’ve been taught? The early bird gets the worm. It’s important to work your ass off. And as for smiling? Who has time? I’ll smile more next weekend. After work.
I would like to suggest—as I do in all my books, in all my blog posts—that most of what we learned about life is wrong. When you relax and smile and trust that life actually wants you to succeed and wants you to be happy, then life has a pathway to slip in and show you the miracles.
When you resist (the state of choice for most of us), Truth can’t find a way in. It’s always there, waiting on the outskirts, waiting faithfully like the Jack Russell terrier who noticed you just opened the cabinet where you keep its treats. But until you let go of all the worrying and doubting and stubbornness that you’re doing something wrong, that there’s something that still needs fixing, it can’t do its blessed thing.
As for catching that worm? When you play and have fun, you can’t help but do good work. You can’t help but succeed when you’re doing what you love. Because when you love something, your entire heart goes in. Ask Carlos Santana. Ask Elizabeth Gilbert. Ask Steve Jobs—well, ask him if you happen to be doing a séance, something my junior high friends and I did at every slumber party.
The point I’m trying to make is there is only ONE THING you need to do. Smile, relax and trust, which as Carlos Santana said in a recent interview with Dan Rather, creates thrust.
I’m doing my first Google hangout today. And I’ll be in Miami at the S.H.I.N.E. event this Sunday. And until then, my oh-so-cool daughter, Taz, is home for fall break.
Sending you lot of love and good vibes,
Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and its equally-scintillating sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment