Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Just smile!


On Day Fourteen of the {21} day challenge I am reminded that something as natural as a smile can be so transforming..

OUR SMILE AFFIRMS OUR AWARENESS and DETERMINATION TO LIVE IN PEACE and JOY.

The following passage is from Thich Nhat Hanh's book Peace is Every Step. Every word in this book drips with insight.
If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything. When a child presents himself to you with his smile, if you are not really there, but preoccupied with other things, then the child is not really there for you. The technique of being alive is to go back to yourself in order for the child to appear like a marvelous reality! Then you can see him smile and embrace him in your arms.

10 comments:

Sphinx said...

i really like your blog. I love the 21 day challenge and all your thoughts here.

Cheers!

laura t. said...

so cool...will have to start reading some of your suggestions...love that being present in the moment thought...so true. another wonderful addition to your amazing journal!

Heather M. said...

That is so true! LOVE those photos!

la vie en rose said...

sounds like a book i need to invest in! what an incredible passage. you have been doing some lovely and amazing work in your journal!

Lilli said...

Lovely, and so true. One of the most important things I do in teaching my music students is to be fully present, and to smile with my whole being. When the kids feel that I am completely there for them, they are ready to learn with their whole selves.

andrea said...

I loved the words and the pictures in this post...the daughter and son are just too sweet/cute for words!
Great job!
a.

Just Rhonda said...

This made me think about smiles. And my kids. Love today's page. Great job!

Lilli said...

Thanks so much! You're very kind. I guess it's mutual, then :)

Sharma said...

I LOVE the pics, the handwriting the flowers - all stunning!

Rhonna said...

love the white journaling on this..it looks so cool & adds just the right touch!
R