This morning I was taken by the reflective surface of the wet sand. What are we reflecting to others? And what are others reflecting back at us? Are we reflecting the light of the situation or the shadow?
Imagery can be a fun way to explore this. I can use my camera to shoot literal reflections and I can also use it to explore these deeper questions. What kind of images arise if you pretend to be someone else, how would you reflect the world back at others?
Most of the time we are hard and even negative towards ourselves and when we check in with someone else we realize it was our own self that was unnecessarily being the critic. Others can be our mirrors. They help us see ourselves in a new or different way than how we see ourself. Taking a moment to reflect on our reflections can help us see more clearly.
Comment below and let me know how you see yourself? And how others see you?
Sometimes it is windy and rough. Other times it is so still and glassy you can see through to the sandbar at the bottom of the ocean. Today was a calm, clear, sunny day and it made me wonder how we can bring more calm into our day. What’s your hack?
I like to pause and close my eyes connect with my center or start a gratitude list in my head. Sometimes I just rest or nap in the late afternoon. Putting my hand on my heart and belly while taking a few breaths is also very nice and settling. When I notice myself getting frustrated or over amped, taking a deep breath or slowing down my speech really helps. Sipping a cup of peppermint or chamomile tea is also relaxing. Mindfully walking around and photographing or working on a collage also brings peace to my soul. And there is always lying down on the sand and listening to the sound of the waves….
Tell me how you bring calm into your daily routine?
On my way to the Beach this morning, I saw a woman drive by in her car Smiling, swaying, and probably singing away in her car. Immediately my lips lifted and a huge grin took over my face! Before I was even aware of it my body caught the joy and went with it. I felt uplifted.
In my Biodynamic Craniosacral course we talked about how a smile connects us and tells each other we are safe and accepted. It’s a relationship builder and helps to settle the nervous system. Another study proved that just by changing your facial expression it could shift your mood. A frown or smile would start to shift your brain chemistry. So even if we aren’t feeling it we can smile and eventually our mood will catch up. Even a fake smile is powerful.
I believe underneath it all we have an innate propensity for peace and happiness. It is often clouded by conditioning, media, messages, and stories. A smile can be an essential tool at cutting through to a positive source within.
Go ahead and try it. Smile at someone today. How did it go? Let me know below…