Whose afraid of a Body system, revised

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Circulatory system: Carries oxygenated blood throughout the body.

 

 

Respiratory system: Exchanges life giving oxygen and eliminates carbon dioxide.

 

 

Nervous system: part of it; Adrenal response mechanism is tasked with defence, preparing us for a perceived lethal threat.

 

 

None of these systems have fear inside the mechanism.

 


I am not afraid of my circulatory system or my respiratory system!

 


Why am I afraid of my nervous system then?

 


Or the adrenal response mechanism (fight, flight or freeze mechanism).

 

 

Why?

 

 

It does not have fear inside it; we add our own fear with a storyline.

 

 


We can train the mind to be friends with our nervous system.

 


That’s part of what a mindfulness practice looks like.

 

 


Plus emotional regulation as a bonus.
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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by jeanetteirene on August 13, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Hi Marty,

    Thank you for this post. I sent it onto my staff as we have been teaching staff members about the flight/fight or freeze system, and how to help children get through a triggered response. Reiterating that it is the storyline that creates the reaction is most important. The timing is impeccable.

    Jeanette

    From: C PTSD – A Way Out Reply-To: C PTSD – A Way Out Date: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 6:40 AM To: Jeanette Orme-Wendt Subject: [New post] Whose afraid of a Body system, revised

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  2. Posted by Paging Mrs Zen on August 13, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Marty I have a question for you. I wasn’t sure how to send a PM.

    I was on the receiving end of some pretty intense road rage the other day (car chasing me, guy screaming profanities, slamming his breaks on front of me, cutting me off.). My mind was very much present in the moment, I experienced both fight and flight emotions. Despite that, I was surprisingly calm during it as my two-year-old was in the back, so my concentration was on getting my daughter through it safely. However, the experience was in hindsight, terrifying.

    Afterwards, perhaps 20 mins later, I was eating lunch and noticed my hand shaking, barely able to hold a glass of OJ. I was shook up. My mind had largely moved on, but my body was still recovering from the incident. I practiced Loving Kindness to the ‘rager’, feeling compassion for his unsettled state of intense anger. That gave me a lot of peace, I wasn’t angry with him and I forgave him instantly. I was able to return to a relaxed state through acceptance and mindfulness meditation. I was relaxed, but the incident left me feeling completely wiped out for the rest of the day. Is this the result of over working the nervous system?

    And I do wonder why sometimes we remain calm in highly stressful situations, but afterwards our bodies show signs of stress and anxiety? Like, after the fact?

  3. Jeanette, the storyline takes us into the past or future worry, thinking, negative thoughts. Takes action for that knowledge to make a difference.

    Mrs Zen, thanks for sharing. Trauma is stored differently, distorted, more impactful, greater fear and anxiety. The hippocampus distorts the time and sequence of our memory.

    In common sense terms, these memories are stored in the body also. Sometimes that calm we feel, maybe a frozen stage, kinda of numb, like when we were kids.

    After the fact, we construct the storyline.

    The odds that this experience will happen again is remotel. You may win the lottery first.

    We judge our failure, our inability to move on, our anxiety and fear as unworthy

    We can be happy, aware life has danger and we die eventually.

    We lose when we do not live, risk, compete.

    Trauma from a nasty childhood never goes away but we can be happy in spite of the crap.

    We need to earn our peace of mind.

    Hope that helps. I am challenge by situations as I mature.

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