If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know that I've already written about how your facial expression can actually teach your emotions how to feel better. Your body posture can do the same thing, too.
Research has proven that not only do your emotions affect your facial expressions, but the reverse is also true. Read about the power of smiling here
.Your posture, too, has a powerful affect on the level of confidence you feel and how that projects to others in your world. Research shows it takes only two minutes to change from passive to powerful. Find out how you can do this here.
.Just as research has shown that smiling causes you to see the world in a more optimistic and positive light, a down-turned mouth causes your emotions to be more negative -- as does frowning.
Here's a very simple practice that targets something that happens to so many of us when daily life is not something we look forward to: habitual frowning (those lines between the eyebrows), which causes a facial expression of tension and anger.
If you've taken my Invisible to Irresistible 2-hour experience, you know that we talk about how your facial expression is key to how others perceive you, and whether you attract or repel people who cross your path.
Let's release those scary facial expressions and allow beauty, love, and happiness into our lives.
Try this simple technique:
Press firmly, but gently, with one finger on each of the two points dotted in red in the photo above. Hold until you feel a pulse under your fingers, or a slight relaxing of the facial muscles. If you're like me, you'll feel more relaxed and at peace almost instantly.
For added results, you can use only your index or ring finger to apply the pressure.
Why choose one of those two fingers?
Traditional Chinese Medicine, yoga, and many other ancient systems of healing believe that each finger is ruled by a different planet. And each planet imparts a different energy.
Your index finger is ruled by the planet Jupiter, which is the guru planet, the planet of success, expansive energy, and optimism.
Your ring finger is ruled by the Sun, imparting warmth, happiness, and illumination.
Experiment with applying pressure using the index finger. Then, try the ring finger. See which one has the most profound affect on you. Maybe you like both, but each one feels different. You can choose which finger to use based on the kind of relief or good feeling that you need most on a given day.
You can activate both facial points at the same time by using the index or ring finger of one hand for the third eye point, and the same finger of the other hand for the chin point.
This is wonderful to do while you're still lying in bed first thing in the morning, if you're feeling depressed and sluggish. You can also use this technique at work, by placing your elbows on your desk and relaxing your neck forward, with your fingers touching the acupressure points.
And, as a bonus, when you look in the mirror afterwards, you'll look so much more relaxed, and even younger and fresher.
Try it now, and comment about how it works for you!