The Energy of a Smile.
When someone smiles at you, do you smile back? WORDS: Amy McCae Certified Life Coach and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
Have you ever walked into a familiar room or into a meeting in a bad mood and suddenly be uplifted by the positivity you feel? Is there someone in your life that every time you are with them you walk away feeling drained? We often refer to this as the "energy" of a room or being "empathetic." Google defines energy as the strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity. Quantum physics states that absolutely everything in the Universe is made up of energy. Einstein said that energy could not be created or destroyed it could only be transformed. Everything is energy including your emotions. There is a phenomenon referred to as emotion contagion. In its simplest terms this means that you unconsciously mimic another person's non-verbal clues and feel the reflection of those people's emotions. You can "catch" emotions." Think of a time when someone was crying and you began to cry, they may even stop crying when you start. Imagine a time you were sitting at your desk angry and a co-worker walked in and knew to walk out without you saying a word. How about when a child was sad, how did you feel? You are designed to be empathetic so that you can develop compassion.
"Compassion is the basis of morality." Arthur Schopenhauer
Mirror neurons are brain cells that react both when you perform an action as well as when you observe someone else performing that same action. When you watch someone get pricked with a needle you know what they are feeling but you don't physically feel the same pain in your finger. You may even almost move your hand but you won't because of your brain circuitry. Mirror neurons enable you to view another's state from a virtual reality standpoint and you become empathetic. This allows you to feel compassion which will motivate you to action. Isn't the world a better place when you are compassionate? Sending you all the joy, peace, and love you can imagine!
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