Grounded in Uncertainty
It is fair to say we live in uncertain times and that we have no control over most of what affects our lives. Our nervous system is not happy about that! Luckily, we are more than our nervous system. We also bring our fine brain and open hearts.
Our primitive brain predicts threat and danger by using our past experiences to project into the future. It has a strong negativity bias because playing it safe allowed our ancestors to live and pass on their DNA and survival strategies. We would rather prepare for the worst than be hijacked by something we didn’t see coming.
The first of these classes November 1st is a few days before the US election. Whether you are a US citizen or live somewhere else in the world, we are all affected. We’ll work on some strategies to support us through election week and beyond.
Many places in the world are in the midst of the 2nd wave of Covid-19 and we are experiencing a global trauma at a level we have never seen. We will work on ways to increase our resilience and strength as well as accept the reality of our situation.
Did the outrage after George Floyd’s death and #blacklivesmatter largely recede into the background? It is natural to avoid what makes us feel powerless. Dismantling a system of oppression is the work of generations and it is easy to feel despair and give up. We’ll explore strategies to stay aligned with our values in the long term and take action with others.
We are all struggling and being triggered into feelings of shame and powerlessness by everything from personal insecurities and circumstances to global pandemics. We feel heartsick over increasing polarization and the way people are reacting from their fear response and primitive brain. When we understand our nervous system, we can reassure ourselves that we are not broken. Our system is designed to protect us from danger but evolution takes thousands of years. It can’t catch up with the pace of change in modern life.
We are more than our primitive brain and nervous system. We bring our intelligence and heart to our lives. We practice with intention and persistence. We fiercely align with connection, love and authenticity. We experience safety within ourselves and with others in this group and our wider community. We have agency and power to heal. Join us!