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A Polyvagal Primer

By Deb Dana — 2019

A Three-Part Exercise to Create Safety and Trust

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Ask the Teachers: What Does it Mean to Understand Buddhism Through the Body?

Roxanne Dault, Meido Moore, and Lopön Charlotte Z. Rotterdam discuss what it means to understand Buddhism through the body — the heart of the Buddhist path.

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Polyvagal Theory and How It Relates to Social Cues

We innately long for feelings of safety, trust, and comfort in our connections with others and quickly pick up cues that tell us when we may not be safe.

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If There Was Ever a Time to Activate Your Vagus Nerve, It Is Now

Emerging research on the vagus nerve sheds light on how people can tune in to their nervous systems and find ways back to a “rest and digest” state amidst the chronic stress.

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Stephen Porges: ‘Survivors are Blamed Because they Don’t Fight’

The psychiatry professor on the polyvagal theory he developed to understand our reactions to trauma.

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Stephen W. Porges, PhD: Q&A About Freezing, Fainting, and the ‘Safe’ Sounds of Music Therapy

[Porges'] widely-cited polyvagal theory contends that living creatures facing or sensing mortal danger will immobilize, even “play dead,” as a last resort.

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A Brief Intro to the World of Somatics

Somatics describes any practice that uses the mind-body connection to help you survey your internal self and listen to signals your body sends about areas of pain, discomfort, or imbalance.

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Why Do Kids Act Up?

According to neuroscience, our children are like puppies.

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A Psychotherapist Goes to Therapy—and Gets a Taste of Her Own Medicine

Even psychotherapists sometimes need therapists themselves. My guest Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who realized she needed to talk to a therapist when the man she expected to marry unexpectedly broke up with her.

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Facing Our Dark Side: Some Forms of Self-Compassion Are Harder Than Others

Compassion is one of those warm, fuzzy words referring to qualities that often seems in short supply in the ever-accelerating rough and tumble of daily life today.

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The Science of How Our Minds and Our Bodies Converge in the Healing of Trauma

Nowhere is this relationship more essential yet more endangered than in our healing from trauma, and no one has provided a more illuminating, sympathetic, and constructive approach to such healing than Boston-based Dutch psychiatrist and pioneering PTSD researcher Bessel van der Kolk.

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