Emotions and Your Nervous System

Episode 35

“…our emotions create a sense of safety for us, a sense of belonging. But then when things get flipped, whether it’s from trauma or an unsafe environmental pattern, it’s our emotions that first clue us in to say, ‘Hey we’re not safe. This is not a safe survival location or safe environment.’ And we feel fear or dread. Or other emotions that start to come up to the surface. It’s our own protective mechanism.”

  • Matt Bush, NeuroSomatic Intelligence Co-Educator and Founder of Next Level Neuro

In this episode we’re exploring the physiology of emotions through the lens of NeuroSomatic Intelligence with Matt Bush. This intriguing conversation may help you see your emotions from a different perspective, expand your self-compassion and encourage you to heal your nervous system.

The foundation of this discussion explores emotions as a crucial part of our humanness and mammalian survival as well as an enrichment to our lives. From this lens we can see the importance of being aware of emotions and learning to fully process them through the body. 

We’re not suggesting that it’s easy, especially if you have complex trauma, but with the support of NSI tools and a compassionate community it is certainly possible and worth your efforts. 

Episode highlights:

  • The intricate role the limbic system of the brain plays in emotions
  • Difference between Feelings and Emotions
  • Matt offers a thought-provoking way to look at “hurt feelings”
  • We discuss the differences in emotional systems between a child who grows up in a traumatizing environment versus a non-traumatized environment
  • The protective role of Dissociation in emotional repression and suppression
  • Elisabeth shares a story of when she dissociated at an gyn appt and describes her emotional aftermath
  • The importance of learning tools to express your emotions and move them through the body
  • We explore what “emotions being stuck in the body” actually means- psst, it’s not literally in the tissue like you may have heard
  • How mitochondria relates to emotions
  • Jennifer discusses the connection of water and memory
  • How to move out of bracing the body into moving emotions through the body
  • Elisabeth describes the common places in the body that hold protective reflexes and what it may feel like to release the long-held tension.
  • Somatic flashbacks and emotional flashbacks
  • Why it can be so hard to experience joy 
  • How to actually train yourself to perceive emotions and relationships differently
Episode 35

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