All of this happened with a single thought. Your nervous system does this automatically when you're in danger, because you are always instinctively scanning your environment in order to survive. The autonomic nervous system is made up of both the sympathetic system--which triggers the fight-or-flight response--and the parasympathetic system, which manages rest and repair. The brain sends a message down your body into organs, muscles, glands, and blood. The sympathetic nervous system kicks into action when you have--or think you have--an emergency. This is your vigilance scanning system. When somebody startles you, your sympathetic nervous system releases adrenaline, which causes your stomach to clench, your heart to race, and your sweat glands to activate. You are suddenly shaky and emotional. All this happens as result of chemical messengers that are affecting your body. Your brain made these hormones automatically on the fly. The basis for that election is always sportsmanship and popularity with other girls. At the same time I got a message from Joan, I don't think I need to see you any more. No, apparently she doesn't, but why? What happened in those hours of silence? My faith in the capacity of the client was sorely tested. I'm glad it did not waver. Experiences of this kind have forced us to recognize that therapy can move forward even though outwardly the client exhibits very few of the elements which we have thought of as characteristic of therapeutic progress. Whatever happened seems not to have happened as the result of verbal interchange. It is of course possible that the outcome was due to some factor entirely outside of therapy. When one considers a number of cases of this sort, it seems more likely that the outcome was due to an experience in a relationship.

Our mask has slid into place, to preserve our role in the ongoing drama. Each persona has a costume of outward markings--the clothes we wear, the classic body postures, the range of movements, and the preferred emotions--that are scripted into the given role. In order to remain safe in the environment where the challenge initially happened, we adjust our breathing, our movement style, and our thoughts. We also change our dreams, usually reducing the goals that we reach for or setting them up way beyond our reach. All the while we are wondering why accumulating and enjoying our abundance is such a struggle. We have literally forgotten ourselves. We are lost inside our persona and our role in the larger dramas. The postures and movements of your persona reveal how your Body Sensations, Rational, Emotional, Feng Shui, and Creative currents are frozen and held in check. Notice your own breathing patterns and those of the people around you. Are they breathing deep, full, and relaxed, or shallow and life-threatening? An amazing superpower of the brain is that if you were to think about this startling event in detail again later, the brain would produce those same stress chemicals. Pain is predominantly influenced by what we think, and is generated entirely in the brain. Like an alarm, it lets us know that there is danger, but there's no information about the extent of that danger. So we use our thoughts, history of pain, and emotions to help us determine how dangerous this pain threat might be, regardless of whether it actually exists. Positive Influences of MBC Now that you understand how stress in the fight-or-flight response can create distress in the body, let's look at how using MBC can tap into a chain reaction that produces positive outcomes. Weight loss. Losing weight via exercise reduces pressure on your knee joints and can relieve compression that exacerbates pain from rheumatism and arthritis. Exercise produces serotonin and dopamine, which help the natural pharmacy in the brain to release its equivalent to morphine. Stress and anxiety.

And if this is so in such nonverbal cases, perhaps it is equally true in others. How then, can we formulate therapeutic process in terms of a relationship? One hypothesis is that the client moves from the experiencing of himself as an unworthy, unacceptable, and unlovable person to the realization that he is accepted, respected, and loved, in this limited relationship with the therapist. Loved has here perhaps its deepest and most general meaning -- that of being deeply understood and deeply accepted. In terms of this hypothesis we might speculate on the case of Joan. Feeling that she is a person who is unworthy of having friends, partly because she is so shy and uncommunicative, she enters a relationship with the counselor. Here she finds complete acceptance -- or love, if you will -- as much evident in her periods of silence and shyness as in the times when she can talk. She discovers that she can be a silent person and still be liked, that she can be her shy self and yet be accepted. Perhaps it is this which gives her more feeling of worth, and changes her relationship to others. By believing herself lovable as a shy and withdrawn person, she finds that she is accepted by others and that those characteristics tend to drop away. Just changing your breathing is enough to cause a shift in your sense of well-being--and doing so begins to release your grip on your scripted role and persona. Your persona impacts your methods, dreams, and actions toward creating abundance. You cannot experience the full range of your peripheral vision through your mask. So you begin to miss opportunities. Seeing any more than your role requires you to turn your head and sometimes your whole body, so you also take your eyes off your goals and the flow of the River of Gold. Doing this takes time and energy that you could use to move forward if you were not wearing your mask or engaged in preserving your persona. Life jacket ready? By the way, what style and color of jacket did you just picture? Serious orange, military fatigue green, high tech, or a fashion-forward model? Each one represents a preference of your preferred persona.

Anxiety produces hormones such as cortisol, which is a factor in weight gain and abdominal fat. When increased abdominal fat is present, the risk for heart attacks, strokes, and other chronic health conditions is higher. Stress is one of the leading causes of all medical visits, and chronic stress is linked to microscopic changes in the brain that are associated with depression and mental illness. Stress can also suppress the immune system, increasing susceptibility to illness. By positively managing stress through the MBC, we can help boost our immune systems. Insomnia is an epidemic, and sleep can be a complex subject. Poor sleep impacts the brain, the body, and mental health. Using MBC tools, you can improve your ability to sleep, which impacts all aspects of your life. In an interview for The Guardian , neuroscientist Matthew Walker, Ph. It sinks down into every possible nook and cranny. Another clinical hypothesis may be formulated in slightly different terms. As the client experiences the attitude of acceptance which the therapist holds toward him, he is able to take and experience this same attitude toward himself. As he thus begins to accept, respect, like, and love himself, he is capable of experiencing these attitudes toward others. One of our staff members, Mr Oliver H. Bown, has been particularly concerned with the point of view represented here, and some excerpts from a memorandum which he has written will give a more vivid description of a therapy in which the stress is upon a deep and significant relationship, to which the client can bring everything that he emotionally is, and in which he is met by the therapist's feelings. This memo was a personal and informal document to the staff, but Mr Bown has given permission to quote from it here. He feels that the term love, easily misunderstood though it may be, is the most useful term I use this term purposely to convey a number of things: First, that as therapist I can allow a very strong feeling or emotion of my own to enter the therapeutic relationship, and expect that the handling of this feeling from me by the client will be an important part of the process of therapy for him. Secondly, that a very basic need of the therapist can be satisfied legitimately (or I would rather say must be satisfied, if the relationship is to be healthy and legitimate) in his relationship with his client.

The roles we play, with their corresponding costumes, say a great deal about how easy and fun our journey to the ocean of abundance will be. CLASSIC PERSONAS Each of these personas shows up in an identifiable costume and moves into the body in recognizable patterns. They also engage with other people and their personas in classic ways. Why am I bringing all this up? Each persona interacts with money, making attracting wealth and abundance much more challenging than it needs to be. With your persona engaged you'll find yourself lost, floating in the midst of the Sea of Salt rather than off enjoying the flow of the River of Gold and creating abundance. Somewhere your own persona preferences will come to light. Spend some time feeling love for your own persona. Thank it for working so hard to keep you safe all of these years. Embrace your own persona and the person you were when it first showed up. And yet no one is doing anything about it. A consistent good night's sleep improves learning and also protects your heart, brain, well-being, and ability to maintain proper weight. Sleep hygiene is a learned behavior, and it involves many of the tools found in this article. Identifying Pain Pain and stress go hand in hand. Everyone experiences stress--it's a natural part of life. But too much stress can lead to many negative effects on the body and mind. In addition to the psychological impact of stress, research has shown that it can exacerbate many chronic conditions, such as acid reflux, asthma, eczema, chronic pain, and headaches. Symptoms and side effects of stress are one of the most prevalent reasons that people seek health care. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an estimated 31 percent of all adults experience anxiety disorder at some time in their life, while the CDC reported that, in 2018, 50 million Americans had severe chronic pain.