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We have all heard about meditation at some point in our lives, right? Meditation - the act of relaxing - where the mind is induced into a state of both physical and mental relaxation. Meditation has many forms and people use it to cultivate internal-peace, develop a new way of existing in the world and to develop a strong connection with oneself.
Inner smile meditation is one of the most widely used techniques to build positive energy. This style of meditation is perfect to treat stress and anxiety issues. Everyone can perform this meditation and use it to become better versions of ourselves.
The idea is to gather the vital energy known as 'Chi' (Qi) using this inner smile meditation. When someone has an overabundance of Chi energy they will feel full of life and invigorated, like a life-giving electricity is running through the body.
Continue reading for a step-by-step guide on how to use the technique.
How to do Inner Smile Meditation?
Now you must be wondering how one can perform this meditation. It is actually pretty simple. Follow these steps in the morning and before going to bed and you will have a clear happy mind in no time.
1. Sit straight and feel relaxed
The first step is to make sure you are in a comfortable peaceful place where nobody is going to distract you. Sit in a position where your back is in upright posture; then relax any tension in your shoulders, neck and head.
2. Inhale and exhale
Now you need to start a rhythmic inhalation and exhalation sequence. Inhale deeply while noticing your abdomen rising and then exhale slowly making a mental note that you are letting go of the things that are bothering you.
3. Placing your tongue right
While you are concentrating on your breathing, find a comfortable place for your tongue on the roof of your mouth close to your upper teeth.
4. Smile fully
Start by smiling such that you feel relaxed and in control, gently and slowly smile like you would to somebody you love. All the while feeling good about yourself and making this sensation natural.
5. *Concentrate on the Third eye centre
An important step, be attentive and concentrate while you move on to the space between your eyes. Now you will feel energy gathering and you will slowly drift into a relaxing state.
6. Energy in the Crystal Palace
Slowly moving your attention from between your eyes to the centre of your brain you will feel energy flowing through your entire body, the Taoist refer to this place as the Crystal Palace, it is located in the middle of the brain at the mid-point between the tips of your ears.
7. Smile till it feels natural
Keep focusing on this smile energy, warmth and brightness will follow you. You can now smile down to the five major organs using the emotions, colours and elements. You will feel so relaxed after managing to smile until it feels totally natural. Once finished, focus on the navel area and move the Chi energy back into the Tan Tien. Release the tip of your tongue when you think you have achieved the purpose of this meditation.
Results are astonishing. You will definitely love it once you get the hang of it. People are using this inner smile meditation technique to treat severe anxiety and PTSD. It is powerful and very invigorating. Be gentle and treat yourself with this amazing meditation every day and night.