Okay, just so we’re clear: that’s every moment, right? Every moment of our life your body is doing what we’re telling it to do. So if we’re thinking really sad thoughts, then the chemistry for those thoughts moves through us and affects cells all over our body.
Our shoulders sag, the muscles in our face droop or frown. Likewise when we feel great. We’ll smile and our eyes will be open wider, we’ll breathe deeper. Much of our physical self is just a manifestation of our thoughts in the present moment.
We will absolutely make the face that goes with whatever thought we’re having. And if we think, “No! Don’t show them that you feel whatever you’re feeling,” then our face looks like we’re hiding something.
When we’re the one doing it seems like maybe we’re getting away with it because no one calls us on it. But just because they didn’t say anything doesn’t mean they didn’t think it.
We will always express our thoughts with our being. There’s no point in trying to control our face. We are better to focus on quieting our thinking. We’ll be calmer if we trade our thought output for sensory input. It can be amazing what a difference that makes.
A serious childhood brain injury lead Scott to spend his entire life meditating on the concepts of thought, consciousness, reality and identity. It made others as strange to him as he was to them. When he realized people were confused by their own over-thinking, Scott began teaching others to understand reality. He is currently CBC Radio Active’s Wellness Columnist, as well as a writer, speaker and mindfulness instructor based in Edmonton, AB where he still finds it strange to write about himself in the third person.