The same neurological processes that cause you unwanted stress and discord can also be harnessed to summon relaxation, spaciousness, and equanimity. In Befriending Your Nervous System, clinician Deb Dana explains how new insights into the human nervous system shed considerable light on our automatic survival responses.
In this audio offering, 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 Dana teaches how to work with the body's innate ability to pick up social signals and cultivate "micro-moments" of safety, retraining your automatic responses to stress, conflict, and hardship. Including in-depth practices such as guided imagery, meditation, and ongoing self-inquiry, Befriending Your Nervous System offers a practical user's manual for anyone seeking greater self-awareness.