New insights in the world of Neuroscience have led to the development of revolutionary techniques for moving into an intimate relationship with the neural pathways that define your personal experience of your world.

Are you ready for empowered change? It’s time to live your excellence. Read on to explore how these new advances create opportunities for harnessing the power of neuroplasticity, and create a space for inspiration to flow.

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For Thriving Through Pain

Tools for Stress & Pain Relief: Self-Havening and CPR for the Amygdala

In this video, Dr. Kate shares a personal experience regarding an injury she experienced that is in line with her journey of chronic pain. She explains how this experience was quite insightful for her, and was a perfect example of the concepts she intends to discuss. For example, she notices a clash between self-care and obligations/desires, which leads her to conclude that it is important to notice when it’s your body that’s getting in the way. An instructional video on CPR for the Amygdala may be found at this link.  Other concepts she introduces are where the pain “lies,” either on top of you or below you, the idea of a “steel blanket” weighing you down, and how “mind over matter” means that your amygdala plays a key role in the suffering you experience.

Living With the Pain and the Stories We Tell: Why We Fear Pain and More

Have you ever noticed a sensation of pain or tingling when you recall an injury of the past? This is “Amy,” the amygdala, reacting to even the memory of a threat. In this video, Dr. Kate explains to you why this function exists in our brain, how pain and trauma are related, and why this is important for the healing process.

You may find that your experience of pain is associated with a symbol, anchor, or sensation. If this is the case, you can use that symbol as an anchor to treat your pain. In this sense, the way that pain and trauma are connected allows you to treat your pain the same way you treat trauma, using that anchor as a guide. Find out more by watching the video above.

Self-Havening Meditation to Reduce Tension, Ease Pain, & Create Safety

Counterintuitively, by leaning into your body’s experience of pain, you can reduce painful sensations by signaling to our body that you are safe. In this guided meditation, Dr. Kate will lead you through a series of steps to help you do that in a calm, stress-free manner. Join Dr. Kate as you envision a safe place that is all your own. Using self-havening touch, your senses, and the imagination, Dr. Kate will help you find your way to a state of comfort and relaxation in this meditation. 

Havening Guided Color & Breath Exercise for Reducing Stress and Enhancing Calm

This is a guided meditation for expanding your mind and body’s ability to be in a healthy relationship with both positive and difficult experiences. In this exercise, Dr. Kate utilizes a tool called “Breath Color Titration,” which capitalizes on the brain and body’s willingness to intentionally move among different feelings in order to progress toward a state of being that we would like to experience more often. She invites you to scan your entire body for feelings of stress, tension, worry, or concern. Instead of ignoring or fighting these feelings, she encourages you to welcome them in as helpful information that you can bring to the forefront of your attention. After realizing that this data can be helpful to you, she asks you to extend gratitude towards your mind and body for making you aware of it.

Guided Practice for Cultivating Self-Care & Resilience with Rebecca Turner, LMFT

This practice is based on the Creating Possibilities Protocol and takes advantage of neuroplasticity to support creating and strengthening new neural pathways to help you build the brain you want to navigate the world with. Use this practice after CPR for the Amygdala or the Guided Practice to increase calm and reduce tension to plant and grow the seeds of resilience.

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