vagus physiology: answers to critical questions you didn’t know you had – part I

The vagus nerves are the nerves of life. They keep us alive by their innervation of the internal organs of the body and their interactions with the brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves, upper cervical spinal nerves, and sympathetic nervous system. Sensory functions of the vagus nerve are critical for conscious perception and for monitoring visceral …

the science of flow: heart brain coherence

Many contemporary scientists believe it is the underlying state of our physiological processes that determines the quality and stability of the feelings and emotions we experience. The feelings we label as positive actually reflect body states that are coherent, meaning "the regulation of life processes becomes efficient, or even optimal, free-flowing and easy,"[160] and the feelings …

when fear gets stuck: an epigenetic mechanism

Fear-based mental health conditions are common, impacting millions of people worldwide. Previous research has shown that specific regions and pathways in the brain may be responsible for processing fear. A new study from Linköping University in Sweden has revealed a biological mechanism that impacts fear pathways and how fear memories are stored in the brain. …

drawing with hand, head and heart: beyond the right side of the brain

The laborer works with his hands, the craftsman works with his hands and his head, the artist works with his hands, his head and his heart — Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) Over the past few decades, the theory that postulates dual operations of the brain has become a popular and practical model for understanding the …

anatomy of sleep

Sleep is one of the most important part of our lives . We spend about one third of our life sleeping. It is as necessary as food and water and it affects almost every type of tissue and system in the body. hypothalamus It is a peanut- sized structure above the Pituitary gland deep in …

breathwork: coherence and union

If I say mind and thinking, you automatically know that we are talking about head. And reason. With the same automatism, you know that when using the words emotion and feeling all the rest of the body is put into play from the heart. The world of sensations. Who knows how many times in your school, affective, professional life, these two parts acted separately or, worse, …

head, heart and gut: how to use your 3 brains

Listen to your gut. Follow your heart. Use your head. This combined wisdom will help guide you. Today, the head, heart, and gut are all classified as functional brains, and science now shows that there are complex neural networks in all three, according to a study published in SAGE Journals.  You probably have a sense of this already. …

spiritual centre of the brain: evolutionary ancient

According to a report in the Journal of Neuroscience, the concept of religion and spirituality is profoundly ingrained in our brains. Because researchers have now identified an essential location in the brain stem — an extremely ancient part of the brain in terms of evolution — we now have an understanding of the brain stem’s significance. If this …

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