One of the exercises I invite my audiences – as a guest speaker, but sometimes as a performance poet – and my clients to do is to smile from their toes. To get them out of their heads and back in touch with their bodies I remind them where they may be located – at the end of their legs, attached to their feet!
The next step in the exercise is to encourage, cajole, allow that smile to roll up from their toes through the rest of their bodies – pausing to really anchor the smile in their solar plexus – which is where most of us get stuck in our daily lives and carry our stress – and to finally allow it to emerge in their lips, not forgetting their eyes! Here’s how a smile not only enriches your day but others by that famous writer Anon…
A smile cost nothing but gives much.
It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give.
It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts for ever.
None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but that she can be made rich by it.
A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in business and is the countersign of friendship.
It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and it is nature’s best antidote for trouble.
Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.
Some people are too tired to give you a smile.
Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as she who has no more to give.
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