One thing of high value to the culture of the Balinese people is the smile. In fact, one of their great ceremonies is the tooth filing ceremony. It’s a coming-of-age ceremony the whole community participates in –like a wedding –with food, celebrating and gathering. It’s a time when a child’s mouth is prepared for their work in life –and their work in life is to smile.
Of course every one of them will have their own profession, but what they believe is that part of creating a sense of welcome and community, a sense of harmony with oneself, family, the world and the universe is to stay in a sweet smile. It isn’t a smile that you just paste on your face, but a smile that genuinely is one of sweetness and appreciation for life.
The smile is one of the great practices of the Balinese people. What an interesting thing it is for us to learn: You and I can actually change not only our lives but our world, with more smiling.