I could not smile. I did not know how to smile. I knew how to laugh, laugh aloud heartily.
“Chandrika, were you howling a few minutes back?” A batch-mate inquired while I was sitting on the stairs with my friends near the main entrance of the college gate.
“Yup!” I replied. My contagious laughter was a soul elevator, which could take my whole group onward and upward.
“You would not believe I heard your laugh on the opposite gate, about 400-500 meters away and guessed it must be Chandrika, as no one else could laugh so loud.” She said with surprise in her voice.
“Chandrika, I came here to check whether your laugh has created crevices in the old walls and ceilings of college building.” A senior colleague teased me when I was working, as a lecturer and I were cachinnating with the staff members of my department in a free period.
“Chandrika, you teach yoga or laughing?” A middle aged woman who was interested in joining my evening yoga classes asked. “Both.” I replied, as my hearty laugh was a gift of the soul as pure as ringing bells in a temple.
People recognised me because of my noticeable, full of joy and warm-hearted laugh.
Breathe Smile Meditate Let go
I could breathe with ease.
I could meditate for hours and hours.
I could let go of anything.
But I could not smile.
Smiling was a big missing point in my meditation.
I attended the online Creative Writing Course about mastering the craft of writing compelling fiction and non-fiction by Sadhvi Vrinda Om ji. How much I learnt creative writing I could not say but I definitely learnt the art of smiling from her. During the course, I was watching her smiling baby face minutely, her bright, brilliant, and broad smile. She was beaming. She was dazzling.
While meditating, I tried to copy her winsome smile. With practice, I learnt to smile like her. I could Breathe Smile Meditate Let go very easily. In May, 2020 in my mool Sadhana, Goddess manifested three times, two times I saw the front view and one was side view. However, I was not satisfied with the vision. I felt as if I was watching MA in black and white T.V. I want to see HER in colour T.V. And then in 3D. :D
Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
I also wonder how sadhvi ji is ever smiling. In almost of his photos, I found her smiling. Indeed she must have given it a lot of time to this, that it has become her second nature now. Good learning for me as well. Jai Sri Hari!ReplyDelete
Jai Sri Hari! So true. Thank you. Take care,ReplyDelete