I want to tame the reptile in your brain. Let me introduce you.
Your reptilian brain’s name is Amygdala.
LOCATION: the nape of your neck, a common place for that creepy crawly feeling when you feel you are being watched.
PROFESSION: produce cortisol aka stress aka the fight or flight response that kicks into high gear at any sign of (real or unreal) danger.
ANALOGY: If your brain was a cast of Winnie the Pooh, the Amygdala would be Eeyore. It notices negatives over positives, and finds every reason NOT to take action on exciting goals.
so you can take bold action.
1. Listen to your fears.
Nothing likes to be ignored. When I was little, I tried ignoring my sister when she was being annoying. She became more persistent. Ignoring your Amygdala’s warnings will only make the voices more aggressive. Listen by writing your goal down and then recording every fear and possible failure that exists. Seeing them on paper doesn’t make them real. It makes them less powerful.
2. Agree to be careful. The amygdala has a track record of keeping people safe. Before I could swim, it told me to avoid the deep end of diving boards. As a college student, it kept me from drinking a cocktail that I had left unattended at a party. The other week, fear told me to google an unexplained charge, saving me from paying fraudulent fees. Agree to be careful by underlining valid fears. Then, write how each fear can be avoided or lessened while still pursuing the goal.
3. Take bold & informed action.
Fear is useful when it protects us from danger. It is detrimental when it hinders us from progress. Some fears have to be faced to be overcome. When I travelled to India to lead healing through empowerment workshops, I was afraid of feeling unprepared. I listened to this fear, and made extra (even meticulous) plans. My fear didn’t subside until I stood up in front of the social workers and began teaching. Stepping into uncomfortable spaces shows your little reptile that there is nothing to fear.
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In the meantime, re-read your list of fears aloud while tapping on these cortisol reducing acupoints. SEE HERE. Feel your brain relax as you tap and talk.
To impressively tamed brains,