There’s a quote by Roald Dahl, “A person who has good thoughts can never be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely” (The Twits) Its so true!
Notice, as we go about our day the millions and millions of thoughts that go through our minds. We can be thinking about what we want for tea, the things we need to do, and we can be thinking of memories from the past; some good and some bad. Some might make us smile, some might make us frown. Noticing our thoughts is key. Notice how they make us feel. Notice the tension in our faces with a bad thought or memory. Notice the little smile on the corners of our lips with a funny memory.
In counselling we can work at noticing those thoughts and noticing what they do to our bodies. Where the tension is in our bodies. Do you hold it in your tummy? Your shoulders? Just notice now as you read this. Then breathe into that area and notice what happens then.
When our minds become clearer we begin to relax our bodies. All we have to do is begin to notice.