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  •  So lots of oxytocin is released at our Kossack (7+ / 0-)

    meet-ups will the hugging we do. Nice vid, thanks for bringing it here. I'm gonna try to turn the tables on the way I view stress now.

    •  This really took me back to p50's (8+ / 0-)

      grueling months of treatment. I couldn't help much the pain and the suffering he underwent, but I could take care of everything else...run the practice and the house and coordinate all the caregiving, rides, etc, and I felt energized and capable doing it instead of overwhelmed. I did a HUGE amount of reaching out to other people for help (including so many of you here, as you well know!), where my normal method is to put my head down and "do it all myself." You beautiful people, along with so many in our local community, wouldn't let me do that, and there was so much love and assistance flowing in that it actually turned into a very powerful experience. We were saving a life together, all of us, and there isn't much that's more meaningful than that.

      As you well know yourself.

      We all owe it to the American people to say what we’re for,
      not just what we’re against.
      ---> President Obama, 2014 SOTU speech

      by smileycreek on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 10:39:18 AM PST

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      •  ...I'll bet you want a refund by now ;) ... (5+ / 0-)

        Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences. -7.38; -3.44

        by paradise50 on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 10:53:17 AM PST

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      •  Admirable, to say the least (5+ / 0-)

        I was trying to find a way to reply to your comment on the TED talk without sounding contrary. I do, sincerely, agree that channeling adrenaline and oxytocin is a key to overcoming or at least leveraging what is, essentially, an instinctual fight or flight response.

        But it ain't easy. It is as difficult for me as channeling chi.

        That you are able to do it is inspirational.

        •  What's interesting is that (1+ / 0-)
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          you don't even have to channel the adrenaline. It's how you mentally respond to its presence that matters.

          If your thoughts run to, Oh god, this is killing me, this kind of stress could cause a heart attack, my heart's going way too fast you are actually more likely to die.

          If instead you think, Ok, my body is getting ramped up here to help me deal with a challenge; it's giving me focus and courage to take action then you still feel the same physical sensations but your arteries don't close down. Your heart (its vessels) literally stays open. By not adding a negative or fearful judgement to a physiological reaction it becomes more helpful and less dangerous. That's an amazing thing to be able to do with your mind!

          It's applying mindfulness to a physical sensation and treating it with curiosity instead of alarm and panic. It's clear which response might lead to a better outcome, if one is possible.

          We all owe it to the American people to say what we’re for,
          not just what we’re against.
          ---> President Obama, 2014 SOTU speech

          by smileycreek on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 05:08:19 PM PST

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