Did you know that the way stand, breathe, move, and talk throughout the day can affect the energy and presence of the people around you? That's because of a small thing known as mirror neurons. Mirror neurons are "special neurons that show activity both when a subject performs an action and when it observes the same action performed by another. Some scientists consider mirror neurons one of the most important findings in neuroscience in the last decade, in part because they are thought to be responsible for the empathic response in humans." (Philoctetes).
So what does this have to do with presence? Well, if we are in 2nd circle (AKA, present) with the people around us, then who is to say that those around us won't start mirroring that presence? After all, presence is energy that is combination of how we are standing, talking, moving, speaking, and breathing, so if our friends and family are mirroring those actions, then their presence is affected as well.
This is why there are certain people who, when we hang out with them, make us feel lighter, happier, more relaxed, and more present. We are mirroring their energy!
Here are two fabulous resources that offer up more information regarding mirror neurons. The first is an episode from the podcast Invisibilia. The second is a scientific lecture regarding the connection between mirror neurons and acting. Make sure to check out the PDF transcript of their roundtable discussion.
Enjoy, and happy creating :)
Mirror neurons and acting link
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