Here’s the a-ha with where Brené’s work overlaps with what I write about in Mind Over Medicine. Our nervous systems can’t tell the difference between dress rehearsing tragedy and real tragedy. As far as your amygdala is concerned, whether your child dies or whether you just imagine that your child dies, your fight-or-flight responses get triggered, and your nervous system goes on red alert. Your stress responses flip on; your body is filled with cortisol and epinephrine, and your body reacts as if your child really did just die.
And here’s the kicker. Your body is brilliantly equipped with natural self-repair mechanisms that can kill cancer cells, fight infection, and repair what breaks. But those self-repair mechanisms only operate when you’re not in fight-or-flight. So every time you dress rehearse tragedy, you put your body at risk of disease, disabling its ability to heal itself. Then, BINGO. It’s no wonder you’re not at the top of your health game.
I stumbled across this article while researching for a current project in motion. (I’m excited about it. It is being given a touch of GREATNESS just for you…will keep you posted.) I found the article interesting because it first addresses joy as the most terrifying emotion a human has. The author offers a link where you can listen in to the conversation that inspired the article.
Joy is important to all life. If you have recently noticed need for more of this vital experience in your life, you may want to read the full article by following this link: How Leaning into Joy Can Save Your Life
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