We're taking our practice even further today. Again, we’ll be using a mirror and looking at how our eyes react.
This exercise may take some practising as what I invite you to do may not come easily.
First centre yourself and bring yourself to a neutral state by taking a few deep cleansing breaths.
Then I invite you to hold your body, your expression in a way that shows you’re feeling really angry. You might want to recall a person or situation that made you feel really angry in order to hold this stance and expression.
Keep your stance and expression the same. However, change your thoughts to happy, joyous, grateful thoughts. Again, you might want to recall a memory to do so.
It may be challenging. However, how your body is held and the expression on your face should not change.
Do you notice a difference in your eyes?
Now look at your whole face.
Can you see how your eyes don’t match the expression on your face?
And look at your whole body.
Can you, again, see how your eyes don’t match the stance you’re holding?
When you changed your thoughts from ones of anger to ones of joy, you were able to maintain your stance and even the expression on your face. However, your eyes could not lie. Your eyes changed. It may have been a subtle change. However they did change and with the previous exercises you’ve done this week, you should have noticed the difference and, indeed, the disconnect.
Try this exercise again only this time hold you body and facial expression in a way that shows you’re really happy as you think happy thoughts. Then looking into your eyes, change your thoughts to sad or angry thoughts whilst keeping your stance and expression.
Do your eyes, again, change?