The more you learn about holistic health, ie, that a person's mind, body and soul are all reflected by, and entwined with each other, the more you start to realize that you can tell a great deal about a person's health, and their character, simply by looking at their body language.
For example, people who hold their head high, and who stare unflinching ahead while walking with fast steps, are usually no-nonsense 'doers', who rarely let anything or anyone deflect them from achieving their goals.
If you want something done fast, or organised to perfection, these are you people. The downside, however, can be that if this trait is not properly balanced with enough compassion and consideration for others, it can degenerate into the type of behaviour where missing a deadline, or failing to give them exactly what they want can spark off some very ugly, angry behaviour.
The point is, that just by paying attention to how a person walks, holds themselves or even, lifts their eyebrows, you can learn volumes about their personality, and also, their spiritual standing.
This subject is as vast as the ocean, so I just want to pick out three of the main body language movements that should clue you in that you may need to tread a little more carefully in your social interactions:
BAD BODY LANGUAGE MOVE 1: THE WINK
According to the book In His Image, Body Language Through the Eyes of Torah: 'It doesn't matter how friendly and accepted one feels when a person winks or is winked at, it's a wholly negative action.'
In a nutshell, whenever someone is winking at you, they're silently making you their co-conspirator against someone else. If a husband winks at his kids while his wife is telling them they need to do more around the house, he's effectively siding against here, and sending his kids a strong message that they don't need to take their mother, or what she's telling them, seriously.
Similarly, if the bank manager winks at you while approving your mortgage form, it can seem superficially cosy or chummy, but it leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
Why? Because whenever wink shows up, it's an indication of deceitful behaviour, somewhere along the line.
So a wink sends a clear message that all is not what it seems with the individual doing it, and that there may be a lot of deception and deceit hiding underneath the chummy behaviour.
BAD BODY LANGUAGE MOVE 2:
Now, you don't need a PhD in Behaviourial Science to work this one out: when someone talks with their fists, either literally of figuratively, aggression is clearly a big part of their personality.
Fists can show up in a number of ways: someone can bang the table with their fist to make a point, draw all attention in their direction, and to send a clear subliminal message that they won't brook any dissenting opinions or ideas.
At a more subtle lesson, when someone is talking and waving their fists around, it's a clearly threatening, power-hungry gesture, no matter what nice words might be pouring out of their mouth.
Fists intimidate. Full stop.
Small children often walk around with balled fists, because the world is a scary place to a small child, and that can be reflected in tense, balled-up fists.
In case you need any more convincing, one of the most 'fisty' speakers in history was the German dictator and mass-murderer, Adolf Hitler. 'Nuff said.
BAD BODY LANGUAGE MOVE NUMBER 3: HANDS ON HIPS
Or if you're Mussolini, hands on waist… But wherever you're sticking your hands, it sends a clear body language signal that you're trying to dominate someone else, and carve out a clear place for yourself as Numero Uno, Number One, the Head Honcho.
Again, that's rarely a positive thing, so if you're dealing with someone who's doing the hands on hips (or waist…) thing, be prepared to fight your corner - or run away.
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