Befriending Your Nervous System
It can be incredibly frustrating when your body reacts to situations in ways that you can’t control. But what if you could harness the same mechanisms that cause fear and panic to instead summon peace and spaciousness? In Befriending Your Nervous System, clinician Deb Dana offers practical advice and exercises for engaging with your subconscious nervous system responses for greater wellness and resilience.
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Harness the power of your nervous system to support healthy relationships and personal well-being.
Why is it that when you have a tense conversation with a boss, coworker, or partner, you feel like you’re staring down a charging rhinoceros? How is it that both situations cause a fight-or-flight response—and what can you learn from it?
As it turns out, the same neurological processes that cause unwanted stress can also be harnessed to summon relaxation, spaciousness, and equanimity. In Befriending Your Nervous System, clinician Deb Dana presents a simple, hopeful message: when you approach these subconscious processes with openness, mindful attention, and—above all—curiosity, you can gain the understanding necessary to shape their outcomes. Dana draws from the recent explosion of research in Polyvagal Theory, which posits that our most hardwired survival responses are regulated by the vagus nerve and can be consciously regulated through repeated exercises.
Here, you will learn:
- How to interpret the subtle language of the nervous system
- Present-moment awareness and the mechanics of choice
- Your personal “protection-connection” equation
- How to cultivate and savor positive nervous states
- Why it’s paramount that you examine your internalized stories about the world
- How to discover the stillness available in every moment
- What actually nourishes your autonomic nervous system
- The continuum of resilience
- The process of reciprocity, rupture, and repair
- How to recognize physical cues of both safety and danger
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