“The face is a picture of the mind as the eyes are its interpreter.“ Cicero
Yesterday, I Zoom-taught a small class about Your Eyes — Your Shen — Your Heart. It got me thinking again about how much our eyes have to say. All the silent conversations we have with friends, loved ones, acquaintances, and strangers.
In a flash, you can tell if someone is happy, sad, scared, or confused. When suspicious or calculating, they are likely to narrow their eyes at you; if they’re happy to see you, those eyes open wide and sparkle.
Most often, I know when someone is not being honest with me simply by looking into their eyes. And, I imagine the reverse is true. Our eyes seldom lie, even when we do.
So, looking into another’s eyes helps us know their truth. But what about looking into your own eyes, heart, and soul, for your truth. As Bob Marley said, ‘Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?’ Are you? Do you see something within, some truth, that contradicts what you have been telling yourself or others?
It’s not so easy to always live your truth. It might mean having to change something. Sometimes those changes are big: power, money, prestige, friends, community. No, it’s not always so easy.
We all have challenges with living our truth. (At any rate, that’s what I believe.) Remembering that others’ struggles are as profound as our own and often much harder can help us to be the compassionate beings most of us deeply want to be.
Here’s looking at you!