Neuroscience has proven it only takes 90 Seconds to release emotion from the body
According to Harvard brain scientist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, ninety seconds is all it takes to identify an emotion and allow it to dissipate while you simply notice it. When you’re stressed, pausing ninety seconds and labeling what you’re feeling (eg., I’m getting angry), tamps down activity in the amygdala. MRI studies of the brain show that this “emotion labeling” calms the brain region involved in angry outbursts and helps you regain control.
Dr. Bolte explains.
“When a person has a reaction to something in their environment,” she says, “there’s a 90-second chemical process that happens in the body; after that, any remaining emotional response is just the person choosing to stay in that emotional loop.”
“Something happens in the external world, and chemicals are flushed through your body which puts it on full alert. For those chemicals to totally flush out of the body, it takes less than 90 seconds. This means that for 90 seconds you can watch the process happening, you can feel it happening, and then you can watch it go away.”
“After that, if you continue to feel fear, anger, and so on, you need to look at the thoughts that you’re thinking that are re-stimulating the circuitry that is resulting in you having this physiological reaction, over and over again.”
Dr. Taylor’s research suggests that mindfulness – the practice of bringing your attention to your present moment experience without judgment – can help emotions move through you quickly.
Learn to stay and allow
Meet your edge and soften
Be brave and go to your emotional edge. And then soften. You may find a release there – an acceptance and a whole lot of loving kindness for yourself and others.
The body doesn’t know the difference between a thought and an experience
“Your brain and body don’t know the difference between having an actual experience in your life and just thinking about the experience—neurochemically, it’s the same.”― Joe Dispenza
Neurons that fire together wire together
This phrase describes how pathways in the brain are formed and reinforced through repetition.
The more the brain does a certain task, the stronger that neural network becomes, making the process more efficient each successive time.
This is why the practice of gratitude — the regular journaling and the habitual moments of reflection — can be so powerful. It creates and strengthens pathways in the brain for acknowledging all we have to be grateful for each day. And the more we do it, the more ingrained the practice becomes and the easier it is for our brain to process gratitude — creating a virtuous cycle.
Issues are in the tissues
Our bodies continue to experience physical symptoms as long as we carry the emotional “charge” or vibration associated with them.
Your bones may have knitted back together and you may have regained physical function, but if you have not also released the sadness or anger or fear in those tissues, your body will continue to let you know there are still issues to work on.
The trick is recognizing your symptoms as an indication that there may be something non-physical to heal and then letting your body guide you to a solution.”
Denise La Barre
Felt Sense Prayer
I am the pain in your head, the knot in your stomach, the unspoken grief in your smile.
I'm your hot flashes, your fragile low back, your agitation, and your fatigue.
I'm your high blood pressure, your elevated blood pressure, your fear of challenge, your
lack of trust.
You tend to disown me, suppress me, ignore me, inflate me, coddle me, condemn me.
You usually want me to go away immediately, to disappear, just back into obscurity.
More times than not, I'm only the most recent notes of a long symphony, the most
evident branches of roots that have been challenged for seasons.
So, I implore you. I am a messenger with good news, as disturbing as I can be at times.
I am wanting to guide you back to those tender places in yourself, the place where you can hold yourself with compassion and honesty. I may ask you to alter your diet, get
more sleep, exercise regularly, breathe more consciously.
I might encourage you to seek a vaster reality and worry less about the day-to-day
fluctuations of life. I may ask you to explore the bonds and the wounds of your relationship.
Wherever I lead you, my hope is that you will realize that success will not be measured by my eradication, but by the shift in the internal landscape from which I emerge.
I am your friend, not your enemy. I belong. I have no desire to bring pain and suffering
into your life. I'm simply tugging at your sleeve, too long immune to gentle nudges.
I desire for you to allow me to speak to you in a way that enlivens your higher instincts for self-care.
My charge is to energize you, to listen to me with the sensitive ear and heart of a
mother attending to her precious baby.
You are a being so vast, so complex with
amazing capacities for self-regulation and healing.
Let me be one of the harbingers that lead you to the mysterious core of your being,
where insight and wisdom are naturally available when called upon with a sincere heart.