I was in my yoga class meditating, after we finished the “challenging” routine, when I’ve opened my eyes before everybody else did and in an instant had a “Eureka” moment!
I looked at the people in the room who were still sitting with their eyes closed and meditating and I ” figured out” why Mona Lisa is smiling!
I have never read if there is a specific research done about this but looking at the Mona Lisa’s smile and at the peaceful smile at the faces of people in meditation I could not help but notice the parallel in both.
I Googled my “finding” and actually there is a book written about that topic. http://goo.gl/PfLelQ
I even found an article called “New Buddha Statue has a Mona Lisa smile.” and many more blogs. So now I can’t claim my “discovery” but it still made me happy.
Leonardo is one of my all time heroes , and it made me wonder if he meditated himself and was trying to convey that through his painting? Was it his message for us to find our inner piece and joy?
We would never know for sure what were his intentions but we know that in buddhist traditions meditating does brings out inner happiness and serenity, and even prolongs our lives.
Which is what I wish to all of us today, serenity and peace 🙂