Stillness is beneficial for overall well-being by facilitating optimal mental clarity & physical recovery.
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UPDATED MAY 17, 2023
STILLNESS: VENTRAL VAGAL & DORSAL VAGAL
The Stillness state is a blend of the Ventral Vagal and Dorsal Vagal responses. This state is characterized by a sense of calm and ease. The body is in a state of rest and the mind is clear and focused. This state is beneficial for overall well-being as it allows the body to heal and repair itself.
STILLNESS: THE SAFETY & BALANCE OF VENTRAL VAGAL
The Ventral Vagal state is characterized by a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure. This state is associated with the parasympathetic nervous system and is responsible for the "rest and digest" response. When the body is in a state of rest, it is able to heal and repair itself.
STILLNESS: BUILDING RESISTANCE TO DORSAL VAGAL
Stillness also builds resistance to the Dorsal Vagal response because it strengthens the connection between the mind and body, ensuring that we only go into a shutdown state in extreme circumstances. The Dorsal Vagal response is characterized by a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure, as well as a shutdown of the digestive and immune systems, so it's best experienced only in short bursts.
FACILITATING BALANCE, CLARITY & CREATIVITY
When we are able to remain in a state of Stillness, we are better able to cope with stress and manage our emotions. This state of mind-body connection is also associated with increased creativity and productivity. So, if you're looking to improve your overall well-being, consider incorporating some Stillness into your daily routine.
The dorsal vagal state is characterized by a complete shutdown of the body's systems, and the onset of dense emotions such as hopelessness and apathy. This state is triggered the gut, also known as the Enteric Nervous System (ENS) by external stressors that are perceived as dangerous and overwhelming.
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