Rewire your Resilience: The Science of Change
Arielle Schwartz
by Arielle Schwartz
1w ago
Supporting your Growth According to Hebb’s law, what fires together, wires together. Whatever you repeatedly think, feel, and sense builds new or strengthens existing patterns of neural connections in the brain. The science of neuroplasticity teaches us that our brains are constantly learning and that we can shape our growth in a wanted direction.  Accessing and focusing on positive states can help you to rewire your resilience. Your mind is a powerful tool that allows you to focus your attention like a lens. Perhaps you notice a tendency to focus on losses from your past or fears for yo ..read more
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Interoception: A Key to Wellbeing | Dr. Arielle Schwartz
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by Arielle Schwartz
9M ago
Mindful body awareness awakens you to your inner world…this sensory interior is scientifically referred to as interoception. This key to wellbeing invites you to pay attention to your felt sense. As you get to know the territory of your inner landscape you will learn to trust your gut as a kind of compass that wisely guides your decisions and actions in the world.  Dr. Stephen Porges, who offered us polyvagal theory, refers to interoception as our sixth sense that allows us to become aware of our instinctual responses to our environment (Porges, 2011). Your vagus nerve communicates all o ..read more
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Collective Trauma, Embodiment, and Community | Dr. Arielle Schwartz
Arielle Schwartz
by Arielle Schwartz
11M ago
Our Shared Hero’s Journey I invite you to think of collective trauma as a call to enter the transformational process of a hero’s journey. Collective trauma refers to the impact of current or historical events that are experienced by groups of people, communities, and society as a whole. American mythologist Joseph Campbell (2008) described the hero’s journey as a “monomyth,” in which a period of ease is tragically disrupted by a crisis that sends us into exile. The hero fights the dragon, retrieves the treasure, and returns to the community with new gifts and healing capabilities.  C ..read more
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Embodiment in Trauma Recovery | Dr. Arielle Schwartz
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by Arielle Schwartz
1y ago
Awakening to your Felt Sense Embodiment is as an active process of self-discovery that you renew and strengthen by repeatedly attending to your sensations, emotions, and instinctual movement impulses. Mindful body-awareness practices help you learn to sustain the focus of your attention on how your body feels or moves in the present moment. Embodiment in trauma recovery involves setting aside time to focus your attention on your breath and body sensations as related to traumatic events. You attend to the burdens of adversity whether they reside in your body as protective armoring or a lo ..read more
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Nourish your Nervous System | Dr. Arielle Schwartz
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by Arielle Schwartz
1y ago
A Restorative Reset Nourish your nervous system (IC: Jes Kimak) The holiday season is quickly approaching; the time of year that is celebrated for being joyful but is frequently stressful. As we approach the darkness of the winter solstice we often feel a natural inclination to rest and take time out from our busy lives. However, this season tends to be emotionally demanding. It can be hard to maintain a sense of inner peace when we feel over-extended or resentful.  Navigating the holidays within the pandemic can also be confusing. You might be asking, “Is it safe to travel?” “Do I wear a ..read more
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The Vagus Nerve and Eye Movements: Tools for Trauma Recovery | Dr. Arielle Schwartz
Arielle Schwartz
by Arielle Schwartz
1y ago
The Window to your Soul IC: Eyes by Bruno Henrique It is often said that the eyes are a window to your soul. Indeed, your eyes provide great insight into how you are feeling. When we are stressed we tend to furrow our brow which contracts the muscles around your eyes making them appear smaller. When we are tired our eyelids grow heavy. When we feel connected and excited to see someone our eyebrows lift and our eyes appear brighter and larger. While you might try to hide your true emotions by controlling the muscles of your face, you really can’t stop your eyes from revealing how you really fee ..read more
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Coping with Climate Grief
Arielle Schwartz
by Arielle Schwartz
1y ago
A Backpacking Travelogue Alongside the ongoing weight of the global pandemic, another area of distress that is increasingly coming up for people is climate grief as we face fires, hurricanes with greater intensity or frequency or intensity, as well as rising waters and flooding. It is easy to feel helpless and a looming existential fear now referred to as “eco-anxiety.”  Even if you haven’t been directly impacted by one of these events, you have likely been exposed to images and stories through the media leading to a form of anticipatory fears or about the potential for additional disast ..read more
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Applied Polyvagal Theory in Yoga
Arielle Schwartz
by Arielle Schwartz
1y ago
Embodiment Strategies for Trauma Recovery Healing from trauma invites you to befriend your body; and this needs to occur at a pace that honors your unique needs. Initially, this involves developing the resources to handle challenging emotions, disturbing symptoms, and distressing memories. The goal is help you find your ground through a felt sense of stability and safety. Within applied polyvagal theory in yoga, you learn to trust the predictability of the support that your yoga mat provides.  A Sacred Pilgrimage One of the defining features of traumatic events is the loss of choice ove ..read more
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Trauma Recovery: A Mind Body Approach to Becoming Whole
Arielle Schwartz
by Arielle Schwartz
1y ago
A Podcast with Sounds True Recently, I had the honor to have a heartfelt conversation with Tami Simon with Sounds True, host of Insights at the Edge Podcast. Within this podcast, I share aspects of my personal journey through trauma recovery. You will learn some of my favorite healing resources and tools to help you find your own sense of being at home in your body. Discover the healing power of choice, movement, imagination, and how grounding can be a relational experience. We deepen into a conversation about my passion for resilience and The Post-Traumatic Growth Guidebook which explores so ..read more
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Fascia and the Vagus Nerve | Dr. Arielle Schwartz
Arielle Schwartz
by Arielle Schwartz
1y ago
Healing from the Inside Out Connective Tissue tendon, Berkshire Bioscience Library Have you ever had a morning in which you wake up with a painful knot in your neck? What happened? Did you sleep in a funny position or was it the wild dream that had you tossing and turning? Maybe it was due to the stressful work meeting you had the day before or because you feel worried about something in the future. While this may sound strange, your tight neck could even be related to what you ate the night before or an event that happened many years ago. Intuitively, we all know that stress shows up in our b ..read more
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