As we move into week four of our Messages from the Body list we land in the realm of our gut. As we have seen so far, the body is usually a fairly direct mirror to how we deal with the outside world. Our emotions, past traumas, and thoughts are all stored away in the cells of our body. I even read recently that it is proven that someone who has experienced early childhood trauma (which most of us have to some degree or another) has abnormalities in their brain development. When early sexual and physical trauma are coupled, we see a measurable difference between development of the left and right hemispheres of the brain. “…childhood trauma induces a cascade of effects, including changes in hormones and neurotransmitters that mediate development of vulnerable brain regions.” One of the key points in discussing the happiness of our gut is to understand that the abnormalities in the cerebellar vermis, which is the middle strip between the two hemispheres plays an important role in our emotional balance and regulates the electrical activity within the limbic system. Emotional life is largely housed in the limbic system. There are over 100 million brain cells in your gut, as many as in the head of a cat. So you get where I am going here. Your gut and your brain are fairly direct mirrors.
When we approach our body’s reaction to stimuli or incoming information, we can make correlation between how we are dealing with it consciously. The way we perceive overwhelm is a watered down version of what happens in a person’s brain when their background is childhood trauma. We have sparks flying… literally. 25% of the population are having seizures in the limbic portions of the brain… the list of symptoms is a mile long but for our present discussion we can look at nausea, gastrointestinal upset, feelings of movement in the stomach, dizziness, metallic or foul taste in one’s mouth.
The pathway between the two hemispheres is also diminished leaving us with the struggle of assimilating information. Interestingly, neglect is the biggest factor for men and for women, sexual trauma under the age of 18 results in a major reduction in the size of the corpus callosum, making the trip from left to right more of a challenge. Stuck in one side or the other, integrating information becomes rather difficult. So during the conversation between the gut and the brain the choice is made to either hold up, and save information back to deal with at a later time or we hit delete… In one ear and out the other. You get my drift! 🙂
In this journey towards finding balance in our gut, we must take a bow to where we have been. Take a bow to your body’s reaction. Today we are learning new ways to live with the magic of what makes you “You.”
We are looking at the gut’s reaction in terms of assimilating information, our second brain, and the abnormalities in making the shift from left and right hemisphere. Information gets congested or backed up. It can’t find its way over to the action center…. and on top of that, at times, we may have sparks flying, which would in turn interrupt our entire electrical system. We experience a short, so to speak, sending off signals unrelated to the experience. We eject!
Our gut is physically mirroring our brain’s ability to cope with our environment. Below are a few important practices to incorporate into your daily life to bring happiness to both your brain and your gut. 🙂
The art of meditation is the number one key. Meditation is about finding balance. I used meditation to learn to maneuver around my brain. We can learn to settle into our corpus callosum and practice moving from one side to the other. We can use meditation to come back to ourselves when we have that feeling of separation from our bodies. Meditation helps to a great extent with the restlessness and anxiousness that comes with the incoming information. Practiced regularly, you can begin to find new ways, your own ways of processing and assimilation the information in your environment. Build into each day 15 to 20 minutes in the morning and evening to give your brain the time to deal with your day. If we have stuff piled up, go through it so that what is not serving you at this time can move on through.
Find an Energy Healer
Find a practitioner. This can be done remotely or in person, however you feel most comfortable. Amazing stuff. It was here that I began to understand what my body was trying to work around. If you don’t know where to get started, book a discovery call with me. I learned simple exercises that have changed my life. These movements force us to cross back and forth between the left and right sides of our brain.
Figure Eights – Doodle them… do them in the air. It works. If you are feeling confused or anxious. Do them big. Do them small. Just do them! Figure eights are super healing on every level. Our energy field is woven together in figure eights. It is the symbol of infinity. All of that and it crosses over too.
Crossing over – Crossing our limbs across our body requires the two sides of the brain to work together.
Knee to elbow – To the count of ten, cross your right knee to left elbow, left knee to right elbow. Morning and night 10 times. In the beginning I felt like I was going to pass out, so do it sitting down at first.
Touch your toes – When you get more comfortable, from a standing position bend over and touch your toes with opposite hand.
Balancing your electrical system – If we are having little sparks fly in our brain, it stands to reason that our entire electrical system is malfunctioning. With two fingers put pressure on the two points at the base of your skull. Hold gently until you feel a pulse. These points will be tender if your energy is clogged up somewhere. So just allow. I recommend finding a practitioner to get you tuned up and then you can do upkeep on your own.
It’s no wonder with these stats that coloring has hit such a stride in our adult world. Coloring requires the two hemispheres of your brain to communicate. You can de-stress, let your creativity flow and create balance in your body all at the same time! Creativity opens a portal to new thoughts and renewed ability to focus.
In so many ways, nature will gracefully pull you into balance. When we spend time out in nature, the only thing out of balance is you. Nature’s bacteria interacts with the bacteria in our bodies, supporting healthy digestion and nutrition absorption. The health of our gut has a major influence on not only our physical health but our mental well being.
There are many advantages to using binaural beats but there are some specifically designed to encourage the integration of right and left hemispheres of the brain. This is best done in a quiet comfortable space. Put your earphones on and kick back. There is nothing to do but listen. 🙂
What we change on the outside always shifts something on the inside. That’s why it is so hard moving from the package to the vegetable aisle. It represents your prepackaged ideas about yourself being opened up and replaced with something more in alignment with nature. Foods such as bananas, artichokes, broccoli, kale, blueberries, beans are supportive of the natural bacteria in our gut. Interestingly, you can see that some of them cross over into the brain food category as well. Check out my Pinterest board for some recipes and more! 🙂
Ask Your Body
Your body always knows exactly what it needs. We just have forgotten how to ask. Here is how I was taught. Hold the food, in both hands in front of your body and ask “is a food that is good for me today?” If you feel and energetic pull forward your body is giving you a thumbs up if you are pulled backward thumbs down. If you don’t get anything, it means nothing. Your body is neither gaining or losing with what the food has to offer. This works with most anything in relation to you or your body. Ask the question and let your body speak. In nurturing our bodies, we nurture our mind. When we are nurtured, we can assimilate information much more easily.
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