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There are two parts of the brain that play a key role in stress and serve the functions of emotions and cognitive reasoning. There is a ‘thinking brain’ and a ‘feeling brain’ which function together as a Psycho-Emotional system that links together the perspective of the mind and the physiological response of the body.

Life challenges that are stressful and emotional trigger the Stress Response in the Psycho-Emotional system. Blood pressure and the heart rate increases as adrenaline and cortisol hormones surge the system and call to action subconscious programs of either the ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ response which push the mind and body into action.

As tensions rise and are prolonged, the body responds with heat, inflammation and tension; the mind responds with flares of agitation, clings to the negative and oscillates between past regrets and disappointments and fearful anxiety of future possibilities.

The Logical Brain is always trying to turn off the Stress Response and works to control or subdue the Emotional Brain. This reaction results in a fragmentation….we are literally -‘pulled apart’ or disconnected. Parts of our self are denied and discounted. This unaddressed energy flows beneath the surface of daily life and operating under a current of stress becomes the ‘norm’.

The disconnection, or disunion, between the Thinking Brain and the Emotional Brain creates a general sense of dis-ease…. ‘Things just don’t feel right’. Coping mechanisms develop in response to the damming up of unacknowledged emotions and dismissed ideas and life can be experienced from a place of ‘lack’…like something in missing or incomplete.

Meditation and breathing with focused attention are the most powerful tools that each person has to bring the stress response under direct control and reconnect the Psycho-Emotional system. Practicing meditation trains the ability to align with the present moment and builds an immunity to stress. When met individually, moments become manageable and thought processes can turn towards positive expressions of ability….the ‘I can do this’ or ‘I got this’ mindset.

Learning how to self-regulate the stress response is a way to reclaim personal power and to become sovereign over thoughts and emotions. The energy that is used to hold onto past wounds and regrets can be freed up and the power that is used dwelling on unknown future possibilities can be harnessed and transformed into energy to move towards a more positive lifestyle, experience more fulfillment and connect with people in life in a deeper way.

Join Irene Schrank on Monday nights from 7-8pm for a guided meditation and breath work session. Meetings are held at Mind Body and Beyond: 13500 Sutton Park Drive S, Suite #203 Jacksonville, Fl 32244.

Group meditation sessions are $15.

Private Consultations are available for $85/session and include:  a Personal Color Evaluation Relating to you Life’s Purpose, Your Spiritual Gift, and Specific Details on How to Overcome Obstacles and Turn Them into Your Gift.

Contact Irene directly to reserve you place in the meditation class or to schedule a private consultation: (904) 334-5842