Increase Your Brain Power! Use All 3 Brains
We have 3 brains. That’s right! One in our head, the cephalic brain. One in our gut, the enteric brain and One in our heart, the cardiac brain. It’s important when making decisions that we use all 3! Here’s a quick overview.
Creativity – Continuously generates new ideas – Living authentically as who you are – knowing that you have the power of choice.
Compassion – Encompasses love as well as a manner of relating to yourself and to others. A loving kindness.
Courage – Physiologically maintain your sense of core identity – to keep you safe from harm (fight or flight) – Taking action – mobilization
Wisdom comes when the 3 brains are working together – aligned and integrated. Wisdom is an emergent quality that is the result of harnessing the perspectives and insights from all the brains when they are functioning at their highest level if intelligence.
The Nervous System
There are 2 major divisions of the nervous system; voluntary and autonomic.
- Voluntary System – Mainly concerned with movement and sensation.
- Autonomic System – Responsible for control of involuntary and visceral bodily functions – normally operates outside of conscious control
- Reproductive functions
- The body’s response to stress – 2 Branches
- The sympathetic – fight or flight system – allows the body to function under stress or danger
- The Parasympathetic – feeding and fornicating system – feeding, breeding, rest and response – provides constant opposition to the sympathetic system to bring your body into balance – operates after danger has passed
The sympathetic and parasympathetic systems innervate (communicate via nerves) the heart, gut and head. Parasympathetic activity generally slows the heart, where sympathetic activity generally accelerates the heart.
Autonomic Nervous System Relationship
Parasympathetic —-⇒ ⇐— Sympathetic
Parasympathetic ———-⇒ Sympathetic
Parasympathetic ⇐——— Sympathetic
Parasympathetic ⇐— —⇒ Sympathetic
1. – Balance between the systems
The 2 systems are in balance and harmony. This is when you are able to respond optimally to the world. This mode is connected with feelings of joy, happiness, peace and relaxation.
2. Sympathetic dominance – Increases heart rate. – The sympathetic system is dominant
This is the stress and danger response, the fight or flight response mode. Anger, aggression, defensiveness and avoidance. Can be linked to lifestyle patterns of stress, such as taking on too much work or worrying excessively about things you can’t control.
3. Parasympathetic dominance – Slows the heart – The parasympathetic system is dominant.
This is the mode that quiets and settles your neurophysiology. It is normally designed to bring you back into balance after a sympathetic dominant experience. Can be chronically activated and lead to withdrawal, depression, despair and down regulation of all your functions. It can also activate in acute stress as an overreaction or the freeze response.
4. Mixed dominance – Both sympathetic and parasympathetic systems operating in high states of activation.
The 2 systems are in effect maxed out and fighting one another.
Incongruence or mismatch between the multiple brains undermines resolve, causes confusion and ultimately leads to incongruent behaviors and outcomes. You literally sabotage your own success.
If you breathe longer on the in-breath, you’ll cause a gradual speed-up of the heart and shift into sympathetic dominance. If you breathe longer on the out-breath, you’ll slow your heart down and put yourself into parasympathetic dominance. – Sigh it out. Just be careful not to sigh yourself into depression.
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