An excerpt from my upcoming book, Transforming Trauma, a drugless and creative path to healing PTS this episode builds on a previous episode (#35) that has a guided meditation and visualization. Now we focus on Breath work, how and why, and the need to spend even a few minutes a day to practice this still point therapy in this challenging time.
Practice it consciously and you will have more control over your breath and this will give you the ability to recruit this easily accessible activity when you are anxious, fearful or just plain fishimeled. (Yiddish for confused). It works so well before an interview or audition, and it's simple, no one will even notice.
This is the first step to master your innards, your mind, that is. It is a way inside that can calm the amygdala, straighten out our executive function that goes on in the pre-frontal cortex. So take a long breath in and an even longer breath out...whatever feels comfortable but the longer the exhale in relation to the inhale will help activate the vagus nerve, the ventral vagus nerve of the parasympathetic nervous system.
A daily practice will give you more control over your emotions, especially when things seem to be going sideways. Life then feels more calm, centered, you feel strengthened and all becomes in reach in a time when more than ever we need to take control of our feelings, thoughts and behavior to empower ourselves and heal the trauma of our beautiful planet.