The face of feeling is very revealing, and to help you see this more clearly we ask you to consciously, intentionally make and experience the face of the core emotions, surprise, fear, anger, sadness, happiness and disgust . This will help you in a number of ways, because by making the face and attending to how it feels you
- Alerting you to how it feels physically
- helping you to recognise changes in your facial expressions and the message you are sending
- helping you to become more aware of others facial expression, the message they are sending and the way in which you respond.
We start with Surprise, a basic feeling, and an emotion that is almost exclusively about directing attention which is a key function of emotion.
This is because not only does what has our attention influence how we feel but how we feel influences what has our attention. It is because of this that practices that direct attention and promote focus can be powerfully transformative, exercises and practices including mindfulness and meditation. Quite revealing in that way, just take a look.
One of the most noticeable features of surprise is the eyes, which are open wide. In fact as you make the expression of surprise you will notice how the first thing you do is raise your eyebrows and open up your eyes to ‘look surprised.’
But did you know that this is because the main function of surprise is to interrupt an ongoing action (what you are doing) and reorient ATTENTION to a new, possibly significant event.
So how it look reflects its function, and a big part of feelings function is attention. Literally opening your eyes to see more of what is happening. Make the face of the remaining emotions and see (in the mirror) and feel using introception (interal awareness of sensation) what happens to your eyes.