One of my students, Marva, who is in my 12-week nervous system rewire program wrote a comment in our Facebook forum the other day post-USA election results and she gave me permission to share it! (Thank you Marva!)
What I love about this comment is two-fold:
1 – I learned a new saying – what “Pay Dirt” means!
2 – It drove home, yet again, how utterly important this whole nervous system health and healing stuff is.
Here’s what she said:
If you’re in the United States, and the last week has left you feeling a little uneasy, anxious, and maybe even worried for your future, then I’d love to shed a little bit of much needed light as to why being skilled in navigating your stress physiology and internal body sensations is key.
Because, if you’re feeling fear, anxiety, worried for your kids futures, your bank account, etc… whatever your specific poison may be that causes you to spiral downwards into a “what’s the point?” mentality, which will, if you’re not careful create this exact reality — this is NOT the time to drive that worry deeper via some deep cleansing breaths, closing your eyes and pushing the outside and inside noise out.
Please trust me on this one.
It’s actually the time to feel all that nasty stuff that we’ve been (as a collective species) suppressing with the dosing up of pharmaceuticals, marijuana, alcohol, excess exercise, screen time that doesn’t serve a purpose, and yes even those deep cleansing breaths.
In Marva’s case, she said felt a need to move when she couldn’t sleep. This was her first clue – the first impulse she felt that something must be done the other night.
She, being in my current 12-week nervous system rewire program, was guided to try out one of the lessons she learned from last week that involves gentle self-touch to the areas of the upper lungs, chest and respiratory diaphragms (basically the entire upper trunk area.)
She followed her impulse (something we learned in week 2 of the program), and rather than going for a walk, which could very well mask the internal chaos that wasn’t letting her sleep, she dove inside to her internal physiology – to her body. She put her intention and attention to the area of HER that was not permitting her to sleep.
You see, it wasn’t Trump per se that was standing in her room talking to her (pointing, shouting etc.) and causing her to not sleep – it was her own physiological response to the results. The environment on the outside. The external.
But, we have the power to choose how we react, act.
The only control we have in situations like these is to go inside and see what the system needs so it can literally “release” the internal tension. The stress. The cortisol response.
“There was a very palpable whooshing release of the tension held in that whole area surrounding the heart and I immediately KNEW that I would be able to rest.”
This “whooshing” was that chaos and energy that was keeping her autonomic nervous system on alert, not able to sleep. (This is what keeps ALL people up who can’t sleep.)
She then mentions Interoception:
“Thank you, Irene, for helping me build my interoception. Not long ago I would not have been able to tune into my body and nervous system with that kind of inner intelligence!”