The differences between the left and right hemispheres of the brain are vast. Thoughts come from the left, computer like hemisphere, along with judgments, worry, guilt and shame.
Words and numbers are seen as pixels by the right side and no judgment, worry, guilt or shame exist. They would be pixels anyway.
When we ride our Breathing Track, we hook up to the right side. Our emotional regulation center also resides here. Some call it emptiness or without thought.
Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroanatomist who suffered a stroke that gave her a much deeper understanding of her field of study. Her left hemisphere shut down and she became the only human to ever be total right side functioning. Here is how perfect and huge the right side holds for us.
An old post and video that I watch from time to time.
This kid opens me up to reaching a little farther, risking a little more, searching a little beyond my limits. How he lives his life amazes me. Happiness exists in the strangest places is all I see. It exists in small areas where you think suffering and resentment would thrive. It thrives in everyone he touches.
Alex hogs the show. We have both been working everyday, amazed at where this is taking us. Alex, at 70 has changed drastically. He was a perfectionist, rigid, clinging to thinking and fighting to be able to control life.
He used to worry, thinking about all the ways to please others, so many obligations, no time left for him. Searching for the self-worth, that a child has hidden away from his constant search, he was lost. Now, he has gained flexibility, a curiosity for the unknown and the focus to let go.
Practice, so you can let go too.
A new fancy LED model is almost done. I am envisioning doing a series with parts adding more depth to everyone’s practice. Starting with tracing the breathing track with your hand while you inhale and exhale all the way to application to triggers and beyond healing.
. The Breathing Track was born in an effort to simplify the process of practicing mindfulness for people wanting to heal from Trauma, PTSD, Complex PTSD, agoraphobia or other anxiety disorders.
My path was rather long and arduous starting a meditation or mindfulness (meditation) program in my garage by myself. From there, I searched out a small local Zen center to strengthen my practice. This took a few years to reach a place of emptiness (no thought) for short periods. Along the way, I learned no goals, to sit with intention and support of others. Loving Kindness was the last piece of the puzzle.
My complex PTSD was much better and I was gaining some freedom and relief from the once constant flow of cortisol and fear. I would sit and ask for more understanding of the breath and all it’s connections and power it had. My wife could not believe the depth and time spent investigating my breath.
I realized some things which were never obvious to me. The inhales were cooler than the exhales. We pause after an exhale to let the used air to clear before taking in another oxygen filled breath.
The inhale needed a little more time to enrich the exchange of oxygen to feed the brain. Remember the brain uses 25% of the bodies oxygen. So all of a sudden these so called pauses had more importance.
My best results seemed to have a certain slower rhythm and flow when meditating. How could I make this easier and quicker. Buddhas Brain came along and finally I knew the secrets of the mind/brain. We made the ego up, and the fight or flight mechanism was the fear feeling not the thoughts.
I plugged all my knowledge and practice to find a better way. I knew that we always get lost in thought during the pauses or transitions. It was easy to just follow the breath in the nostrils noticing how the breath eases past our nose hairs.
So getting lured into thoughts happens in the pauses. What could we do to fix that. Finally I connected the inhales and exhales making the current breathing track.
It worked. Then after a couple of months use other benefits started appearing. keeping thoughts out of my sits was much easier. My breath liked the balance and flow of the track. I found my breath had a speed which it gravitated to and the mind loved the form and balance.
Then I found my mind body and breath were soothed by the strength of the quiet and focus. My practice reached deeper levels and more understanding of how to kill PTSD the quickest became clear.
This is practice, using adrenal stress in a Survival situation. We experience the tunnel vision, hearing shutdown, loss of fine motor skills, and increase in heart rate,respiration and blood pressure? It is the ability to follow our breaths and act calmly when we are triggered. Learn that PTSD can not stop you from living your life first.
This video has some great info on the brain and the science of fear. The graphics of the brain and amygdala are the best I have seen. This is about a couple of exercises to react to fear and freeze responses.
Part two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWKb2oI-hPs
I believe this about all of us.
Our minds have unlimited potential for growing and changing!
Reach a little farther, risk a little more, live life fully.
The quote beside the picture is by Walt Whitman.
This is his wife and her story. Would you diagnose a soldier with seven, eight or nine deployments as complex PTSD because of the duration of time?