Even though this group and process is designed to allow us to go deeper than we are often allowed to do in our daily life, that doesn’t mean that what we find has to be dark and somber. Neuropsychology has discovered that it is very important to make sure that we are finding and feeding our happiness and positive emotions too if we are to awaken to the full spectrum of our potential. Yet this is very different from trying to pretend you are happy when you are not or putting on a mask to please others. This is about discovering our authentic happiness that ultimately is not dependent upon an ideal life or the fulfillment of all our dreams.
What do you feel when you look at this image? How does your body, thoughts and emotions respond? Take a few moments to check in and really notice what you are experiencing. Our Social Engagement Nervous System is hardwired to be able to read other people’s faces in great detail and subtlety. Eye contact, the tiny muscles in the cheeks and the position of the mouth all trigger automatic reactions within us, even if it is just a picture. Even a tiny baby can tell if the face matches the words being spoken and this has a lot to do with our development of trust.
Faces on Your Walls
In my years of doing this process myself I discovered it was beneficial for me to actually put my drawings and paintings up on the walls of my bedroom for me to look at. I could feel how it was actually helping to heal my own Social Nervous System and repair some of my distrust of people. Even if they were just images, they still helped to create a positive and reassuring response in my body and mind.