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“Some 80 percent of the fibers of the vagus nerve (which connects the brain with many internal organs) are afferent; that is, they run from the body into the brain. This means that we can directly train our arousal system by the way we breathe, chant, and move, a principle that has been utilized since time immemorial in places like China and India, and in every religious practice that I know of, but that is suspiciously eyed as “alternative” in mainstream culture.” - Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score
This book is fantastic. I’d been thinking about it a lot last year and finally got it in December. 18 hour audio book and I’m listening to it again, and likely once more before I set it aside. A lot to digest and consider. I’m not surprised but still, none the less, saddened that there is very little included about the chakra system and how both injury and pain can manifest anywhere in the body, as long as there is a vulnerability present. On to Eastern Body, Western Mind next. That will be an interesting side by side. 📚
On the discussion of trauma, I want to apologize if I have taken anything from you that was not mine to have or if I have given you something that does not serve you. I realize that my lifestyle choices can inflict harm on others. I’ll hold space and consideration for something or someone only to pass on it after dropping in and listening to my intuition. Which leads to issues with expectations. I make no promises but I do apologize anyway. 🧘🏼♀️ Only a few days left of chasing spring, west coast style.
I’m excited to go back east so soon. Trying not to “leave before I leave.” In San Diego now. Back to LA by Friday. DC on Monday. ✈️ Oy vey. I’m doing this, you guys. 💰
I launched a fundraiser for a non-profit that specializes in yoga as a container for healing. More on that soon.