There's a note in my iphone from 2013 titled 'How to Shift Right Quick' and the instructions read- 'short, quick breaths, breathe into chest and smile' (similar to what I shared, here). It's a process that naturally developed out of my desire to instantly experience the good feels that were previously only available to me during lengthy meditation sessions.
I found it to be highly dependable, efficient and up until recently, I thought it was unique and highly personal. Fast forward to last week-- I came across a meditation called 'inner smile' while reading Osho's 'The Orange Book'. It was absolutely amazing and confirming to read his words explaining a technique that I'd been doing for 4 years! I promise that if you sit with these feels 3 times a day for 10 minutes each, your whole world will change from the inside out. Straight miracles.
Step 1: Relaxing
Whenever you are sitting with nothing to do, relax your lower jaw and let your mouth open just slightly. Start breathing from the mouth, but not deeply. Just let the body breathe so it becomes more and more shallow. When you feel that the breath has become very shallow and your mouth is open and jaw relaxed, your whole body will feel very relaxed.
Step 2: Allow an inner smile
Now start feeling a smile begin to grow – not on your face (necessarily) but all over your being. it is an existential smile that spreads inside you, from your belly. It is a smile, not a laugh, so it is very soft and delicate – like a little rosebud opening in the belly, its fragrance spreading all over the body.
Once you have known what this smile is you can remain happy for 24 hours. And whenever you feel that you are missing that happiness, just close your eyes and catch hold of that smile again, and it will be there: it is always there.' (Osho: The Orange Book)
Could you feel the shift? Could you stay there?