It’s been a deliciously full couple of months, with travelling, teaching, spending lots of time with my treasured clients, retreating with friends and family, and much, much more (including, of course, the election, which I responded to on my personal FB page here: bit.ly/electionlove
One of the events I was so fortunate to recently attend is a workshop with Dr. Marco Iacoboni, one of the foremost researchers of mirror neurons. I have been mesmerized by mirror neurons and all the potential implications of them and loved getting to meet him!
Dr. Iacoboni’s research shows how the energy we put out in social interactions (with our loved ones, our colleagues, the person at the grocery checkout, our mail carrier, strangers on the street, and beyond), more often than not, is truly reflected back inside of them. Then, not only does it impact them, it ripples from them back to us!
We all affect each other SO much. And the more love, care, appreciation, and kindness we put out, the more upward spirals of love, appreciation, kindness, care, teamwork, hope, possibility, and joy show up around and inside of us!
And the same rippling impact is true for things like hatred, anger, and fear.
Our emotions and energy are contagious.
This in *no* way means suppressing or denying our healthy, valid, and completely natural feelings of sadness, fear, anger or anything else. But it’s about focusing on and expressing those feelings only as long as and in ways that serve us, free us, and bring healing — rather than holding onto them to the extent that we magnify and perpetuate them.
We’ve all had this simple experience: you smile at someone –> they smile –> and then you feel the joy of seeing them smile! That is our mirror neurons at work. Just think of the implications that go way, way, way beyond a smile!
Have you ever noticed how, generally, people who express more kindness and appreciation experience a kinder world? This is no coincidence.
However you are choosing to channel your precious life energy and your values and vision for the world, never underestimate the impact it’s having on you and everyone around you.
In my private practice and teaching, I have many dear people who ask me how to “protect” themselves from the negativity around them. Healthy boundaries are a beautiful thing, of course! And it’s also important to consciously surround ourselves with environments and people we WANT to rub off on us! More than anything though, our greatest protection, in my undoubted experience, is not to shrink in the face of others, and it’s certainly not to send negative energy back at them; it’s to make our love, kindness, and light even stronger, even fuller, even brighter! ❤️
#contagiouskindness #contagiouslove #contagiousjoy #weareallSOconnected