Whether we are aware of it or not we are affected by the change of the seasons. People so often comment about the weather when they meet one another...
Do you think your nervous system has become dysregulated?
Do you feel too much, or too little?
Notice yourself zoning out or getting panicky frequently?
Our nervous system is an amazingly sensitive radar, continually tuning in to see if we are being received, scanning to see if we are safe. When we are with others, particularly those we care about, our nervous system is constantly reading them to find out if they are with us. It has an amazing ability to pick up the tiniest data and to respond, resonate, adapt or react. This process has been part of human nature and communication since the beginning. These very instincts are what enabled people to survive and evolve as a species.
The dangers we encounter nowadays are of a very different nature. But they do happen. When you go through an experience that you feel you can barely manage, where your safety is threatened, physically or psychologically, your nervous system is primed to protect you. When we have to endure a traumatising event, our nervous system will do whatever it takes to get you through. And if you are reading this, it did it for you. That is its mandate. But perhaps at some cost to you. Most of us don’t know how to recognise and release this primal energy. Because most of us don’t have an off button for our nervous system responses, we can remain easily triggered.
Unfinished Defence Responses
Afterwards, it can be as if
We are continually making meaning of our world. Humans are internally self-organising and self-realising organisms. In particular pertinent poetic ways. Each of us is a unique voice for the world.
The vividness of our personal images
In his beautiful book, Free Play, Stephen Nachmanovich discusses the sacredness of play, the importance of making mistakes and the art of improvisation, imagination and intuition.
Malcolm Parlett discusses the paradox that in our current education system and dominant paradigm culture spontaneity no longer comes naturally to us. We value the well-considered response. And so now bizarrely, we need to cultivate the oxymoron of spontaneity training. The art of spontaneity. Cultivate deeply sensed embodied responses that feel congruent, authentic and true.