We want to be very sensitive to our brain’s feelings. Really.
I created a mental exercise for clients in pain. They now have an additional tool for quick pain relief. And now you have it too:)
The lower brain takes care of the reflexes, emotions and functions that we don’t control. Laypeople like me and maybe you, call it a brainstem, amygdule, lizard brain, reptilian brain. It’s the part of the brain that don’t think in words.
The reptilian brain keeps us alive. It maintains life systems such as respiration, circulation, digestion, nervous system and much more. It also helps us to fight, run away, or freeze in place, for self-protection in times of actual and perceived danger.
And it holds on to patterns of behavior so that we don’t have to relearn how to ride a bike or drive a car every day.
Here is the thing. We all have patterns that were once useful, but now cause problems. Maybe when you were young, it was safer in your family if you kept quiet and out of the way. Or did you only get attention when you hit your brother?
Your lower brain still makes sure you follow those patterns and if you don’t, your brain tries to get you back on the ‘straight and narrow’ by inflicting pain or anxiety making sure you stay quiet and in the background, or perhaps still in attack mode.
But now you need to be able to speak up and move forward. You need new ways of relating with family, co-workers and friends. These old patterns don’t serve you anymore. And how should your lizard brain know that?
There are two steps in dealing with the lower brain to help it release the unwanted stuff of physical and emotional pain:
I believe that any chronic symptoms, physical or emotional, are the works of the lower brain. If you can rate it on a scale of 1 to 10, you can probably gain some relief by playing with the following mental exercise.
First just put your hand on the lower back of your head, where it connects to your neck. Leave you hand there for just a few seconds, so when you start talking to that part of your brain, you will feel where that part of you ‘lives’ in your body.
So here are some words to tap with:
- Thank you, my brilliant lizard brain for keeping me alive
- Thank you for doing a magnificent job all these years
- Thank you for taking such good care of me
- I can’t do it without you
- And I am so proud of the way you have been keeping me alive
- Helping me breath, helping me digest and eliminate my food, keeping me sane, and in a million other ways
- My back hurts and I know you, my brilliant lizard brain, are doing it for the best reasons
- I want you to know that we need to reset our clocks
- Much time has passed since I may have needed that pain
- That was then and this is now
- Right now, I need to feel good in my back so that we can get on with our life
- And my back is your back too
- This pain is not needed anymore
- Please help me by keeping my back limber and comfortable
- That is what we all need now
- That is what all parts of my brain and all parts of my body, and all parts of me need now
- I honor and respect all parts of my brain and I look forward to a healthy and comfortable future, with all parts working together for our best life.
- Thank you
All the best,
PS. Comments are welcome:)