Research tells us that when we’re stressed, we function from the limbic brain that is focused on survival. It’s the older part of the brain that’s programmed to respond to the threat of a wild animal that wants to eat you or starvation because you can’t find food.
All of your core negative beliefs are sourced from this part of your brain and reinforced by your projections out into the world. Did you grow up poor and make a decision that you would never have “enough” and now feel short of time, cash, love, and what you truly desire? Or were you abandoned and made a decision that no one is trustworthy, that you have to leave people before they leave you, and now suffer a chronic sense of loneliness? These are examples of a life driven by the limbic brain.
Self care, which is highly organized attention focused on restoring the health and vitality of the whole self, can override the limbic system, because it activates the newer part of your brain called the neocortex. The neocortex floods your system with stress reducing hormones that calm your nerves, open your imagination, and enable you to reconnect to the quantum self in experiences of beauty, awe, wonder, stillness, and fullness of being.
So how do you strengthen this part of the brain? High degrees of self care – and I don’t mean just taking bubble baths.
Eating whole foods, avoiding caffeine and processed foods, and exercise all calm the physical life of the limbic brain, while yoga, meditation, journalling, and a daily spiritual practice add support to your heart, mind, and emotions.
Your ability to think positively, feel a sense of authentic joy and connection, and access to your feeling of unity with the outside world begins and ends with your willingness to prioritize self care.