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Finding Balance and Cultivating Peace: The Importance of Rest + Relaxation & the Parasympathetic Nervous System

Finding Balance + Cultivating Peace & Tranquility

In our most healthy and balanced states, our autonomic nervous system is ebbing and flowing- oscillating between our sympathetic and parasympathetic states. The autonomic nervous system is part of the peripheral nervous system which regulates involuntary physiological processes like heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, digestion, and sexual arousal. Within the autonomic nervous system is held the sympathetic, parasympathetic, and enteric nervous systems. For this information bite- I will focus on the first two aspects: the sympathetic and parasympathetic. 

 

The Sympathetic Nervous System

Our sympathetic nervous system directs the body’s rapid and involuntary responses to stressful or potentially dangerous situations, causing a gush of hormones to flood the body. This gush of hormones prompts the body system to be alert and aware by increasing the heart rate and sending extra blood to the external...

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Relaxation Rituals: Calm Body, Mind, & Soul

Relaxation Rituals

Practices to calm your body, mind and soul. 

 

We live in a world that is on high drive, all the time. We are always going, always doing, always ‘on.’ 

In fact, for many of us, it is quite challenging to wind down and decompress. 

We are over stimulated: electronically, mentally, emotionally, and physically. 

 

Living these high drive lives keeps our sympathetic nervous system turned on. This is the part of our nervous system that keeps us alert, engaged, and active. When we are stressed and in constant go-mode, our sympathetic nervous system is activated, which is not bad all the time, except that for many of us, it is activated all the time. 

 

Having practices to calm our hyper-stimulated system is so important. Sacred slow down rituals help us tap into the power of our parasympathetic nervous system. When we are calm and relaxed, our system has an opportunity to chill out. The parasympathetic nervous system...

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