Note From Kendra
This is not at all what I was going to write as my intro to say hello to you this September morning, but I am moved to speak directly to current events that are before us.
Trusting and having faith in our destiny during challenging times is one of the hardest things we are called to do as human beings. What will be will be; it is what it is…common phrases we may tell ourselves as we are trying to find calm in the eye of the storm. In a hurricane the exact center is perfectly calm because the coriolis force deflects the wind away from the center.
Listening to news reports and touching base with family, friends, and clients that have been directly impacted by the hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes over the past couple of weeks moves me to fall to my knees over and over again showering light and love over the people who are suffering with grief and fear.
When we are in crisis, we can’t hear that things are going to be all right. What we hear is the rapid beating of our heart as pounding fear reverberates through our body. Our emotional body responds with triggers from head to toe, and our body responds to the emotion with animation from head to toe. Not one part of our body is spared when we are in fight or flight, aka fear.
What occurs in these moments are surges of energy that run throughout our body, and wherever we already have blocked energy is where we will feel the biggest impact of a fearful experience. Not everyone will have an anxiety attack or panic attack or a heart attack, and many people may not show how they really feel. So it gets stuck in the cells of our body and may lie low until something else happens to trigger a bigger response than before. Eventually we manifest an imbalance in our body ranging from headaches and sore throats to depression and cancer, just to name a few.
It is helpful for us to know that we can manage our fight or flight response simply by honoring what we are feeling. This helps to release the energy from our cells and allows it to be channeled through and out of our body in a healthy, manageable way.
There are 3 easy steps to activate your own coriolis force to block fear:
- Acknowledge how you are feeling.This does not need to be out loud to someone – silently to yourself works as well. The key is to make contact with the emotion, acknowledge it, and let it go.
- Close your eyes and take a few deep belly breaths. When we breathe deeply, we release in our brain a natural inhibitory called GABA, which blocks our fight or flight response and calms nervous activity.
- Notice if you are feeling any sensation in your body. This is called a triggered response. You will want to acknowledge where you are feeling the sensation and then pay homage to it.
At this point you should be at your center and feel calmer. With practice, you will become more adept at getting to the eye of whatever your hurricane might be – your center in any given crisis. From here you can make choices that are not from fear but are from a place of clarity, which will serve you well – and help you to be well.
In love and light,