SMILING THROUGH THE PANDEMIC

by Richard P. Johnson

The best medicine for healing the emotional
and spiritual “insult” of our current pandemic


Day Fourteen

When I smile, I better see what’s real.

Who is in charge of my awareness?

What filter do I put in front of my vision that prevents me from seeing clearly?

Smiling helps me see clearer; it peels the cataracts off my spiritual eyes allowing me to see what’s really “real” in me, in others, and in any situation.

I pause when I smile and gain in this moment a keener outlook and a sharper insight. I can see what is true, and genuine, and authentic when I look with my spiritual inner eye.

Smiling helps expand the lens of my awareness so I can take in the bigger picture of my existence.

My smile lets me see the contrails of love streaking across my view of the world.

It’s here in this sublime panorama that I find the realest “real” in my reality… I see the celestial symmetry of Christ.

God smiles on our smiles.
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From The Power of Smiling: Using Positive Psychology For Optimal Health & Healing by Richard P. Johnson, PhD

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About the author

Dr. Johnson is nationally recognized for his pioneering work in Healing and Medical Behavioral Sciences. As Director of Behavioral Medicine at a large teaching medical center, Dr. Johnson was responsible for teaching medical interns and residents the “art” of medicine. He has taught hundreds of persons interested in healing. His fresh ideas and enthusiasm for the spiritual aspects of adult development and healing have inspired scores of maturing adults to follow their hearts and live more abundant lives. He is a dynamic, engaging, and compassionate teacher who delights in seeing his students grow personally and spiritually. He has written many articles and over 40 books all focused upon God’s expansive grace. Dr. Johnson is a devoted Catholic Christian; he and his wife Sandra live in St. Louis, they have three grown children and six grandchildren. Dr. Johnson holds a doctorate degree in clinical counseling from the University of Florida; he was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, Indiana in 2010.

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