Remembering a simple exercise to relax the mind from Thich Nhat Hanh

A perfect example of why I am working through my old notes in this blog format – I came across this note from 2009 and it makes me recall how wonderful and beneficial this practice was when I was doing it for a couple of months at that time.  It is a simple practice suggested by Thich Nhat Hanh that really takes your attention outside the ego and brings you into the mind of “the witness” while helping you be mindful of your facial muscles which are a terrific guage — like breath– of the stresses and anxiety in your mind.  Like slowing the breath, relaxing the forehead and cheek muscles van help relax the mind:

From The Miracle of Mindfulness (Thich Nhat Hanh) :

 Half-smile when you first wake up in the morning Hang a branch, any other sign, or even the word “smile” on the ceiling or wall so that you see it right away when you open your eyes. This sign will serve as your reminder. Use these seconds before you get out of bed to take hold of your breath. Inhale and exhale


One thought on “Remembering a simple exercise to relax the mind from Thich Nhat Hanh

  1. He has some wonderful practices.
    As our mind pays attention to our bodily state this will naturally help the mind to feel happier.
    As well as choosing a positive mental state.
    Two benefits for the price of one.

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