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CHAPTER ELEVEN: Recovering Our Balance through the Body

MFT Linda Graham New World Library ePub

CHAPTER ELEVEN

Recovering Our Balance through the Body

To touch is to give life.

— MICHELANGELO

THE EXERCISES IN THIS CHAPTER are designed to help you learn to use body-based (somatic) tools to bring the prefrontal cortex back online and bring you quickly back into your window of tolerance. Once you have recovered your balance, you can use more somatic tools to help you rewire old body-based memories that might derail your resilience now.

When Cortisol Runs Amok, Oxytocin Calms It Down: Activating Oxytocin Release

The hormone oxytocin is the neurotransmitter of the “calm and connect” response and is the brain’s direct and immediate antidote to the stress hormone cortisol. The fastest way to regulate the body’s stress response and return to a sense of calm is to activate the release of oxytocin in the brain.

When oxytocin is released by the hypothalamus (in the limbic system) into the brain and bloodstream, cortisol levels plummet and blood pressure drops. Oxytocin is the neurochemical basis for the felt sense of safety and trust, of connection and belonging. When we know how to activate the release of oxytocin, we can quickly return to our window of tolerance and feel reassured that “everything is okay; everything is going to be okay.”

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18. Miracles, Telephones, and Serendipity

Izzo, John B. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

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I am asked “Do you believe in miracles?” and it occurred to me that no one had asked me that question since my days in ministry. I was taken aback. Did I believe in people being spontaneously cured of cancer, virgin births, raising of the dead, parting of seas, burning bushes, and so on? Did I believe in serendipity, synchronicity, and moments of seeming happenstance that wind up being instrumental to our path?

At one time, most of us believed in miracles just as we believed in “magic.” Surely part of our childhood innocence was recognizing and appreciating the wonderful serendipity that seemed to exist in the world around us. Most of us believed in miracles when we were children, but now that I am a (sometimes) grumpy middle-aged man, long past the innocence of youth, how would I answer the question: Do I believe in miracles?

What is a miracle anyway? A working definition might go something like this: An event out of the ordinary, an event that is unique, something that defies our logic and causes us to feel awe and wonder. A miracle is, above all, something we simply cannot explain, but that somehow gives us hope.

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26. Our Paths Crossed for a Moment

Malcolm N. McLeod Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

To him who devotes his life to science […] his cup of joy is full when the results of his studies immediately find practical applications.

—LOUIS PASTEUR (1822-1895)

Wanting to know more about Dr. Mertz, I found biographical sketches in American Men and Women of Science and in Who’s Who in America. The information stated that Dr. Mertz was born May 4, 1923, in Mainz, Germany, and graduated from Mainz Medical School in 1951.

After an internship in surgery and a one-year stint at the University of Frankfurt Hospital, Dr. Mertz, then thirty, was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research fellowship to study liver disease at the Liver Disease Section of NIH. He remained at the Liver Disease Section from 1953 to 1961, when he accepted the position of chief of biological chemistry at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C.

In 1969 he was named the chief at the vitamin and mineral nutrition laboratory of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). From 1969 until he retired in 1993, Dr. Mertz worked as director of Human Nutrition Research of the USDA at the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center. Dr. Mertz edited the book Trace Elements in Human and Animal Nutrition and was associate editor of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. He was co-author of the three editions of the authoritative U.S. government’s publication “Recommended Dietary Allowances.”

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