May 27, 2010

{Smile, Breathe and Go Slowly}

Dear Bride-to-Be:
I think these words by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, “smile, breathe, and go slowly,” become a perfect mantra to use while planning your wedding. (And perfect words to live by at any time!)

Wedding planning time is a busy-busy time, yes? And if you tend to start multi-tasking and your actions get on speed-dial, your breathing becomes shallow, and you get wound really tight! And when you’re tense and speeding around, you’re usually “in your head.” And when you’re inside your noisy thoughts, you’re not present—nor are you inside your heart. And when you’re not thinking from your heart, you’re not fully connected to your relationships. YIKES!

Slow down, take a deep breath, and smile.

Smiling helps release tension and brings you back to yourself. Smiling relaxes the body, slows down your breaths, quiets your thoughts, radiates warmth and connection, and creates the world anew. It’s hard to be angry or jealous or bent out of shape with a big smile on your face.

The wise Thich Nhat Hanh also said: “Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.” So…smile, Girl, smile! And be a beautiful, relaxed bride…with a more beautiful life ahead.

Love. Listen. Let go.
...with love from Cornelia

[Photograph: Marla Aufmuth]

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