The upsetting events in the news--natural disasters, politics, racism, climate change, not to mention personal traumas, strife and fear--can all be hard on our nervous systems.
When our nervous system is activated—think “fight, flight or freeze”—it overwhelms our ability to think clearly and to be present. It’s also hard on our kidneys and adrenals, leading to the common malady of our times—stress-induced adrenal fatigue.
We offer an invaluable service to those around us, as well as to ourselves and our own health, when our nervous systems are calm.
Great spiritual teachers exemplify the calm nervous system, achieved through deep mindful practice. Their ability to be calmly present offers healing and relief to everyone who comes in contact with them.
The last thing the world needs is someone else who is acting and reacting from a place of nervous system overwhelm.
In my own health, I have become very protective of my nervous system, choosing carefully what movies I see (how much of popular entertainment is designed to activate our adrenals??!), my exposure to news and world events, and how much I want to engage in stressful situations or taxing people. I feel I am of more service to my family, friends, community and even Nature, with a calm nervous system, than to be informed of the latest tragedy or political outrage.
This can be an empowering way to take charge of your health.
Receiving Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is one of my main strategies for safeguarding my nervous system.
Sessions frequently move the system from a state of sympathetic or parasympathetic activation (survival mode), to a state of deep rest that allows for recovery and healing on all levels. Think of an animal, running for it’s life—sympathetic activation—and then it reaches safety and goes into a deep sleep, sometimes even twitching and shaking, a form of energy discharge.
BCST not only helps calm the activation from present time, but also helps resolve past traumas that have lodged deep in the system and continue to activate it in our daily lives.
It’s powerful stuff.
I invite you to come to my therapy table and allow your nervous system to rest and recover. You’ll be doing yourself—and those around you—a great service.