Our ancestors used the fight-or-flight mechanism to protect themselves from predators. We use it to fend off daily crises. In a world filled with too many toys, too much technology, and too many choices—how can we possibly keep up? Our bodies have been trained to react to the beeps and alarms of all our different technologies, be it the ever present cell phone, an angry text message, or a frantic voicemail. The result is chronic stress and a learned inability to relax.
With a warm, lucid voice, Dr. Devi shares stories from her medical practice of ordinary people—suffering from migraines, neck pain, gastrointestinal upsets, and sleep deprivation— trying to work through life’s difficulties. With practical advice she shows just how to promote a higher “vagal tone,” and delivers the best news yet: you don’t need more drugs. Here are the keys to more tranquil, productive, and enjoyable life.
Dr. Devi explores a paradigm shift in our understanding of the brain’s relaxation mechanisms. It is hard for our brains to talk our bodies into feeling calm, but our bodies have strong wiring that makes true enduring calm possible. The body does this through the vagus nerve, a powerful conduit that taps directly into our brain’s built-in relaxation system. This revolutionary science can transform your work life and your home life.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: My Grandfather's Secret 1
1 The Un-Calm, Modern Brain 11
2 The Core Brain, Architect of Calm 39
3 Getting to Calm from the Bottom Up 55
4 Why Ever Stress? 77
5 Top-Down Judgment 101
6 Gatekeepers 131
7 The Mother of All Calm 151
8 The Stress of the Two XX's 179
9 Calm Parenting Is Possible! 203
10 Weaving a Tapestry of Calm 221
References and Suggested Additional Reading 245