Eye contact these days is ever decreasing as we all engage in more screen time. Children may be the ones who will suffer the most. An recent article in The Australian points out that eye contact and touch can have a significant impact on how people respond to stress, anxiety and ill health. It is a practice that we often employ in trauma release, eye to eye meditation and yogic healing.
Neuroscientists at the University of Adelaide team of have shown through brain imaging that eye contact and simple touch can stimulate stress receptors and hormones that reduce pain and improve trust. Both oxytocin and serotonin production is increased with eye contact. This boosts the immune system and the endocrine system, which produces hormones and helps regulate mood, growth and development.
Fiona Kerr, a neural complexity specialist, said that tests on brain activity showed that looking someone in the eye who may be distressed, ill or anxious triggered a calming response. This is a wonderfully simple intervention that we can all use more…
“It’s the same when your partner or kids are upset, you calm them. Nothing else will do that, drugs won’t do that.”
This Sunday at the upcoming Compassion Retreat, we will use direct eye contact with various mental trainings in compassion to bring about healing and the very best of health.
Wishing you good health,
Compassion Retreat this Sunday 16th October
Children over the age of 12 are welcomed to participate.
Compassionate mental training needs constant practice.
Experience evidenced based practices that stem from various traditions to bring about change in your life and deep healing. It is always one of the best and most favoured retreats of the year.
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Last Meditation Retreats 2016
Fridays 9.30am-12.30pm $50
Quan Yin – Goddess of Love and Compassion.
May you be happy,
May you be healthy,
May you be filled with the deepest compassion
And may you be at peace.
~ Buddhist Compassion prayer.