Monday, July 13, 2009
Look Up and Feel Better
Did you know there is something mysterious and magical about eye movements? In Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) you learn that you can tell whether a person is more visual, auditory, or sensory in their style of thinking by where they move their eyes when you ask them a question. There is also an eye movement that can either indicate a person is preparing to give you a very creative answer, or is about to lie. In the therapeutic technique called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), bilateral eye movements seem to help people integrate and resolve past traumatic experiences. Bilateral (back and forth) movements of the eyes also balance the hemispheres of the brain - for a more whole brain approach to whatever you are working on. As well, people whose eyes are frequently downcast are often depressed. But try and feel depressed while your eyes look up. It is almost impossible to feel bad emotionally while your eyes are looking upward (even if you are depressed). Try to simply move your eyes upward, not your head. So look up at the architecture of buildings around you, look up at the sky or the clouds, look up at mountains (if you are lucky enough to be near some), look up at the tops of trees. We cannot "park" our eyes in an upward position, but we can LOOK UP at different times during the day and FEEL BETTER!