Look at these magnificent clouds! They hovered long, low and luxurious over us as we travelled near our home. Even shots through the car windshield cannot hide the glory of their powdery puffs.
There is much to be seen and experienced by looking upward. Apart from the interest of architecture, trees, mountains, sunrises, sunsets, approaching storms, chinks of light through leaves and clouds, stars and moon,looking up has a physiological affect on your mood. We seem to know this on a gut level for we have incorporated the expression "things are looking up" into the vernacular. When we say that, we are suggesting that all will be well and that we will soon feel good. But you do not have to wait for your circumstances to change to elevate your mood.
Try a little experiment with me: Cast your eyes downward and think of something that seems to make you feel sad or distressed. With your eyes in a downward position looking toward the ground, notice the sensations in your body and how the sad feelings are easily accessed. Now, hold the sad feeling and cast your eyes upward. Try to maintain the same sad feeling while you look up.
Do you notice that it is very hard to feel sad when your eyes are in an upward position? Keep trying to feel sad while your eyes are held in an upward, toward the sky, position. It is almost impossible to feel sad when our eyeballs are rolled upward. (I notice that when I do this little experiment, my head goes down when I cast my eyes down, and my head goes up when I look up. But it is actually the change in eye position that produces the effect. Although, come to think of it, an erect spine, squared shoulders, head back and chin up will also make you feel better.)
You can use this little known 'looking up' trick if you are prone to negative thinking, depression or sadness. LOOK UP. It seems that it is physiologically difficult, if not impossible, to experience sad feelings when our eyeballs are rolled upwards.
Have you ever noticed when people try hard not to cry they do so by looking up? So if you are out walking, look up at the clouds, notice the tree tops, examine your town's architecture. LOOK UP and it will elevate your mood - or at the very least neutralize it from a sad mood.
People who have studied Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) may already be aware of this little trick to enhance your mental state.
Now sometimes we need to feel our sadness and cry our tears, but if a low mood is casting a pall over your life, looking upward is one way to immediately shift out of the mood and feel clear and free again. Or if you are feeling sad but have immediate outside obligations, look up a lot and it will help you to not feel sad until you feel secure enough to experience them.
I hope you will try this easy technique and let me know what you think. I wish you had to look up to enjoy these photographs of clouds, but perhaps they will inspire you to get outside,look up and feel great!