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How To Meditate For Beginners (Animated)

Meditation has almost become mainstream by this point, but most people are not doing it right. Or rather, they are meditating in a way, that will not make the habit stick over a long period of time. My Meditation approach is more geared towards the average person, as opposed to the monk who lives in the mountains. For example, I understand that a lot of people want to start meditating in order to help them sleep, I cover this specific topic in the video.

Attend and Befriend: Healing the Fear Body – Tara Brach

Tara Brach – Attend and Befriend: Healing the Fear Body – 3/30/12 Our fear management strategies–versions of fight/flight– contract our body and mind, and separate us from others. As we learn to pause and contact the bodily fear with a gentle, mindful awareness, our sense of being enlarges. We rediscover our belonging to presence, love and life. 

How stress affects your brain – Madhumita Murgia

Stress isn’t always a bad thing; it can be handy for a burst of extra energy and focus, like when you’re playing a competitive sport or have to speak in public. But when it’s continuous, it actually begins to change your brain. Madhumita Murgia shows how chronic stress can affect brain size, its structure, and how it functions, right down to the level of your genes. [Directed by Andrew Zimbelman, narrated by Addison Anderson, music by Josh Smoak].

Dr Gabor Mate on the lasting affects of childhood trauma

Dr Gabor Mate, physician, bestselling author and expert in childhood trauma, addiction and stress – speaks to STV’s Rona Dougall on Scotland Tonight.

Rona asks Dr Mate about childhood trauma, addiction, the mind body link, early development, attachment, and the importance of human connection.

The Polyvagal Theory: The New Science of Safety and Trauma -Steven Porges

What is trauma exactly? Or the ever-elusive concept known as the “flow state”? And why do some people just flat-out creep us out? It can all be explained by the autonomic nervous system — our body’s autopilot that keeps our heart beating, our lungs breathing, and our gut digesting; without us even thinking about it. The Polyvagal Theory is a new understanding of how our nervous system works, and explains everything from trauma, to the very essence of social behavior; while shedding light on possible treatments for autism and trauma. You’ll never think of your body and brain the same way again.

Stress: It’s Not in Your Head, it’s in Your Nervous System – by Melody Walford

Have you ever been told when you’re stressed to stop worrying and just relax? That it’s all in your head? It would be nice if it were that simple. But it’s not.

Physiology research shows that the stress response memory lives in your nervous system. Take for example exposure to a stressful event. One in which you felt helpless, hopeless, and lacked control. In this case your autonomic nervous system (ANS) is engaged. This is the part of the nervous system responsible for controlling unconscious bodily actions like breathing. To be more specific, it was the sympathetic branch (fight or flight) of the ANS that kicked in while you were strained. In addition, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis of the midbrain began firing. In which a signal from your hypothalamus sends a hormonal message to your pituitary gland that stimulates to your adrenal glands.

The Impact of Childhood Trauma – Nadine Burke Harris

We are only just now beginning to understand the depth of changes and damage caused by childhood trauma. People who are exposed to intense levels of trauma are triple the risk for lung cancer and heart disease, along with a 20 year difference in lifespan, but these are symptoms of a bigger issue. These childhood traumas change how translation and transcription occurs in our DNA.

Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician working in California, reaches out to underserved neighborhoods in San Francisco, working with children to treat not just the superficial ailments but to heal the root of the problem.