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Smile, and know you’re smiling

I’ve been guiding the “inner smile” practice a lot in the last few months, both in yoga classes and in guided meditations.

It’s an easy practice to turn to many times each day.

How do you do it?

1. Turn up the corners of your mouth

2. Let yourself feel the smile and how it resonates through your body and mind

3. Enjoy

I picked it up from Vietnamese meditation master Thich Nhat Hanh, who taught a lot about smiling.

He said, among other things: “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

The instruction to “Smile, and know you’re smiling,” is a mash up with Joseph Goldstein’s sublime meditation instruction to “Sit, and know you are sitting.”

KNOWING is the quality that makes anything we do a part of the path.

Breath and know breathing, walk and know walking, eat and know eating and so on.

Yoga and meditation are gateways to living with greater ease and to waking up to living fully.

Find your way to creating peace! Join us for weekly classes and workshops or half-day, full-day or weekend long retreats.

Heather Fenton

Heather Fenton

Studio Owner, Instructor

Heather combines 20+ years of Buddhist meditation training with a lifelong interest in mental and physical health and wellbeing. She teaches with warmth, compassion and humour.

You’re invited to practice with us weekly in person in Port Colborne, Ontario or live online on Zoom.

Insight Meditation, Wednesdays 7pm ET (90 mins), with Heather Fenton — Start and/or maintain a regular meditation practice. Each week, guided meditations are combined with instructions for bringing mindfulness into daily living. This meditation class is offered freely.

Book now! or email us at hello@gentlydownthestream.org if you’d like more info.

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819 Weaver Road
Port Colborne, ON L3K 5V3