In conjunction with psychotherapy, I often recommend various contemplative neuroscience practices for patients to explore. Here you are going to find some insightful ones. None of these resources should be considered an alternative to psychotherapy; instead, they are ways of optimizing the work done in therapy. In addition to the materials shared here, I often share resources, articles, and ideas on my Facebook and Instagram pages. Feel free to visit or “like” to receive updates on your social media.
In polyvagal theory, your nervous system's alarm branch, also known as the "sympathetic" and "dorsal vagal," is activated when there is a threat. In other words, they throw your nervous system off balance and put it on high alert. The "ventral vagal," a soothing portion of your neural system, is activated by indications of safety, helping to control the threat system. Therefore, while eliminating and preventing threats is important for our survival, identifying cues of safety will allow us to shift into a safeness (connection, soothing) state.
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