Christofer spent 10 years in family counseling. Later he obtained a Psy. D.. His focuses: Health, History, Astrology, Politics and Fables
The Ubiquity of the Effects of The Wandering Nerve Give It A Sense of Ultimate Connectivity
The Vagus Nerve Is a Stress Fighter and Confers Powerful Health Benefits
"You've Got A Lot of Nerve!"
Wikipedia Describes Etymology and Origins
"The Latin word vagus means literally "wandering" (the words vagrant, vagabond, and vague, come from the same root). Sometimes the right and left branches together are spoken of in the plural and are thus called vagi."
"The vagus was also historically called the pneumogastric nerve since it innervates both the lungs and the stomach."
"Stress" a Troubling Word
“Fight or Flight?” When we experience sudden, high stress, we activate our fight or flight response, getting the body ready to either flee the scene or fight.
In our modern society STRESS is a word that embraces all kinds of destructive, punishing, debilitating, sickening or tragic -- bodily, psychological, neurological or any number of "attacks" to waylay us.
During periods of chronic high stress, the body stays in high gear, with stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol coursing through the body. This creates wear and tear on the body and mind, and over time can create a multitude of health problems such as chronic pain, anxiety, mood swings, gut inflammation and so many more.
Paul, The Apostle, Made Extreme Contrasts To Give Comfort to Those in Dramatic Consternation, But Not A Calamitous Ending
The scripture, summed up poetically, is expressed thusly:
TROUBLED, BUT NOT DISTRESSED!
PERPLEXED, BUT NOT IN DESPAIR!
PERSECUTED, BUT NOT FORSAKEN!
CAST DOWN, BUT NOT DESTROYED!
What Paul was speaking of in Second Corinthians was the fact that the life that early Christians were living put them in troubling conditions because of their faith, but not in such states that would disable them.
The Vagus Nerve is there, making its presence felt all over, up and down, over and across, doing it's WANDERING job for our health and calm and soothing states.
What Is The Good News About "The Wanderer"
The good news is that our bodies contain their own superpower that can assist with decreasing our fight or flight response.
The vagus nerve system acts to counterbalance the fight or flight system and can trigger a relaxation response in our body. It is one of the cranial nerves that connects the brain to the body. The vagus nerve is a major part of how our bodies and brains function; without it, our bodies wouldn’t be able to do basic tasks, and by stimulating it, we can receive powerful health benefits.
One of the main ways that you can stimulate the healthy function of the vagus nerve is through deep, slow belly breathing. You can learn to use breathing exercises to shift your focus away from stress or pain. The human mind processes one thing at a time. If you focus on the rhythm of your breathing, you're not focused on the stressor.
The moment we anticipate stress in any form, most of us tend to stop breathing and hold our breath. Breath holding activates the fight/flight/freeze response; it tends to increase the sensation of pain, stiffness, anxiety, or fear. To practice deep breathing inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth remember to:
- Breathe more slowly (aim for six breaths per minute).
- Breathe more deeply, from the belly. Think about expanding your abdomen and widening your rib cage as you inhale.
- Exhale longer than you inhale. It’s the exhale that triggers the relaxation response.
Laughter: having a good laugh lifts your mood, boosts your immune system and stimulates the vagus nerve.
Particular Ills: Chronic Pain, Anxiety, Mood Swings, Gut Inflammation
During periods of chronic high stress, the body stays in high gear, with stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol coursing through the body. This creates wear and tear on the body and mind, and over time can create a multitude of health problems.
We can stimulate our vagus nerve to send a message to our bodies that it’s time to relax and de-stress, which leads to long-term improvements in mood, pain management, wellbeing and resilience.
The Heart Sends More Messages to the Brain, than the other Way Around
As The researchers at HeartMath® have demonstrated the pattern of neural signals traveling from the heart to the brain inhibits higher cognitive functions during times of stress and negative emotions, when the heart rhythm pattern is erratic and disordered. This impacts our ability to think clearly, remember, learn, reason, and make effective decisions.
"Heart Rhythm Coherence" - Sustaining Positive Emotions
The more ordered and stable pattern of the heart’s input to the brain during positive emotional states has quite the opposite effect – it facilitates cognitive function and reinforces positive feelings and emotional stability. Learning to generate increased heart rhythm coherence, by sustaining positive emotions, not only benefits the entire body, but also profoundly affects how we perceive, think, feel, and perform.
The Vagus Nerve’s main function is to maintain bodily balance. It's goal is to bring it back to a STATE OF CALM. What is heart rhythm coherence? “Coherence is the state when the heart, mind and emotions are in energetic alignment and cooperation,” As the researchers at HeartMath® would say.
Show your heart and brain together some mutuality of love and attention by using daily routines to "tone" your Vagus Nerve and increasing your "heart rhythm coherence". Your heart and brain will both benefit.
Look within. The exercises matter. Your CALM Balance matters. And that "Wonderful Wandering Nerve" connects you to Yourself and the Above. (Think of the Chakras.) As the Wandering Nerve fires off its soothing and significant neurological messages, from Heart to Brain to Gastro Intestinal centers, shake up your Human Consciousness, and let an elaborated energy pour forth from your Being. And as you become more whole and practiced from within, let your work and family life beam calm steady shining power and allow your Total Self to declare:
"Hey, I've Got a Lot of Nerve!"
The Vagus Nerve connects to Your System like the Sun to the Planets
The "Wandering" Vagus Nerve Connects to:
The Gastro Intestinal System
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