We’ve been thinking a lot about stress and dealing with uncertainty as of late so our reads have focused on inner strength, sanity, and just how to be a frigging person and now we turn to calm. Today’s pick is A Calm Brain
Dr. Gayatri Devi’s thesis in a A Calm Brain is that by tapping into your body’s hard-wired natural relaxation system we can how to achieve an optimal mental and physical state of focused peaceful awareness.
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.