Face making 101
Remember in grade school when anyone said something you didn’t like you’d make a face at them? Whatever happened to that stress releasing technique as we get older? Some of us catch on that weird faces aren’t attractive, and heaven forbid we should look anything but cover-model ready in the real world. For others, society gently messages right out of us the make-a-face-when-someone-upsets-you strategy by making us feel weird and ostracized if we go around making faces at strangers.
So we grow up and leave our face making days behind, and slowly, while behaving primly as society suggests, tension and ugly feelings build up. We shove food in our mouths to
push it down, drink too much, and possibly have sex with too many not-good-for-us
people. The list goes on and on. All because we’ve forgotten how to make really ugly faces. (I understand the solution isn’t that simple – but it might be!)
The world would be a better place if we all did the Lion Pose.
It is a Yoga pose meant to release stress from the face and neck with other side benefits, but I’ve got good news for you, it relieves negative feelings, too.
Think John Coffey in The Green Mile – remember how he roared out the bad stuff?
You can roar out your uglies and foulness by doing the Lion Pose. Sounds like a reasonable thing to do, if it means you won’t bite someone’s head off for no particular reason, or grumble at poor unsuspecting public servants – granted some of them deserve it! –or cuss out your spouse for not being perfect. You get the drill.
Kids have all the fun
When my daughter and son were toddlers, I signed us up for Mommy and Me courses given at the local adult school and sponsored by the nearby community college. We had some great times there, I developed some close friendships with other mothers, and I got to watch my kids interact with their toddlers buddies.
Before the instructor had the kids sit in a circle to listen to a story, she’d always play a song called Shake My Sillies Out. By jumping around and shaking their hands, arms, and legs, the children made room for quiet time. I think that teacher was on to something …for
Lynne’s Big Plan
Why not get out those ugly, foul feelings by doing the lion pose every morning? Let’s release our built up stress, frustration, and anger by roaring it away.
Okay, everyone circle up, sit on your haunches, hands on your knees, on the count of three…
Question to commenters: What do you do to relieve stress? Are you open to making faces?
Until next week, make it a great one!