- Check out the muscles in your face as you smile and as you frown.
- Notice the different experience of the two. One is uplifting and one is draining.
- Which posture is familiar to you?
- Look in a mirror to see if you are smiling because if your little self only frowned growing up, you will think you are smiling but others will see a frown!
Now from a somatic perspective smile and frown again, however, notice your inner sensations.
- Which one creates and expands breathe and which one makes it difficult to breathe?
- Which one lifts your spirits up and brings you into a more upright posture and which one drops your spirit with your body sinking or collapsing?
- Now imagine facing this smile and this frown in conversation and how you would interpret it and react to it.
Now practice smiling and frowning at others and notice their reactions.
Emotions in self:
Exercise and develop face muscles and behavior!
Emotions in communication:
Develop connection or disconnection!
Emotions in environment:
Create a cultural experience!
At Inside our focus is on self-awareness and empowerment through somatic learning to nurture deeper intelligence of when one is in a state of connected (being presence) or disconnected (fight, flight or fight) by understanding cause of ones own reactions. Pivotal point of re-balancing. This includes perception, movement posture, sensations (sometimes called emotions) and environmental causes.
Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015