Hi, Sheldon Ginsburg here, the unconscious mind whisperer, here today to talk to you about anxiety, and life, and our fight or flight society. Now, most people don’t realize that we live in a fight or flight society and what that means is that there’s more messages coming in from the environment and from ourselves that keeps us in a constant survival state.
Now, the survival state is one where our muscles get tight, our heart rate and blood pressure go up, and we switched from our frontal cortex to our hindbrain. Now this is great if, for instance, you’re in the jungle and you saw a tiger, you wouldn’t want to say, “Oh, there’s a tiger I should run,” because the time it takes to say that, the tiger has already pounce and and is gnawing on your leg.
What we want is that emotional reactivity that happens where we identify danger, which really comes down to black and white thinking. Another way to say that is when we’re in survival, our nervous systems edit out extraneous information that’s not pertinent to survival. So we recognize the tiger, we run.
Now, if we think about what happens during our day, we wake up in the morning and what usually happens is you start thinking about your to-do list. Maybe you’re thinking about your problems, your responsibilities, your duties, your obligations. We live in a very intense time, so the climate itself is stress producing and so all of these messages keep us on constantly. If you think about it, what happens is you wake up in the morning and you think about your day, and then you get up, and then you do all your different things that you do during your day, and all of it keeps you in a specific survival gear. Where is if we don’t take the time to calm our systems down through breathing or through something similar, our bodies don’t get that message.
Another way to say this is our bodies are always receiving messages from the environment and from ourselves as to what it should do. If you’re constantly thinking about problems, problems are translated by the body’s consciousness as, “Uh-oh.” Uh-oh means something’s wrong, uh-oh means clench my stomach. Just by saying uh-oh, I can feel that clench.
So if you look at anxiety, which is based upon the mind constantly combing over the same concerns over and over again in hopes that you can find something new. And what I think is really happening is what we’re trying to do is we’re trying to look for a new perspective, a new way of seeing our problem, and then maybe a solution will arise. So we comb over, and over, and over again, but each time we’re doing that we’re saying, “Uh-oh, uh-oh, uh-oh,” and our bodies are clenching and getting tighter and tighter.
The solution to anxiety or constantly thinking, which is really what it is, is two things. One is to understand thinking is conversation that you’re having with yourself, and conversation for the mind is always based upon language, words, pictures. Another way to say that is conversation is storytelling, it’s dialog, it’s commenting, it’s comparing to the past.
So if we’re going to leave the realm of the mind behind, we need to go into the breath. Now how you’re breathing, how you’re not breathing is ultimately leadership to the nervous system. So for instance, if you’re mouth breathing, if you’re shallow chest breathing, to the body that means that you must be something similar to running or a reason to be in that labored breath, which says to the whole cell system, all the cells, “Uh-oh, fight or flight time.”
Now, if you’re diaphragmatic breathing, if you do what I teach, which is called the allowing breath, you learn to allow the breath, and what we’re doing is, is we’re trusting that the body knows how to breathe better than you or I, but we’re not ignoring the breath. We’re not just letting, “Oh, the breath will take care of itself.” We’re being with the breath as it’s breathing and that calms the body down. That creates the simulation for the parasympathetic nervous system.
There’s two parts of the nervous system. There’s the sympathetic nervous system which brings us up, the parasympathetic, which brings us down. So when you’re breathing rhythmically and through the nose, your body receives a message that it’s okay, that you’re safe.
Now, most of us have traumas, childhood wounding that also keeps us in anxiety ways of thinking, and so to help offset that as well because again, it’s about the body doesn’t feel safe and because that energy comes up in the body, it goes to the head and the head is trying so valiantly to try to figure out what caused this feeling in the hopes that that feeling will go away.
It just doesn’t work that way. The realm of the mind is different than the realm of the emotions and the body, and this is why we also usually compare emotions to water. In other words, if anxiety has begun within you, it has to flow through you. You can’t just stop it, like where the mind can jump from thought to thought, anxiety needs time to breathe and process the chemicals, the hormones, the adrenaline, the cortisol, and then breathing causes the body to stop manufacturing that and then learn that it’s safe.
That’s what we’re looking to do. We’re looking to teach you how to let go of the mind as your way of analyzing life, because the mind will only cover what it already knows. If you want new information, you look to the breath, you look to the body.
If you have more questions, if you want to know more about how this work can help you, you can go to my website, UnconsciousMindWhisperer.com. You can also call at (801) 232-4425 and I can help you, depending upon what the situation is.
I do offer a 30 minute consultation for free so you can call and we can figure out what’s going on and how I can help you. So until next time, thank you so much and I look forward to hearing from you.