Tuning In Week Four: Our Social Engagement System

 

Preparation

We’re bringing our attention to the Social Engagement System. To familiarize yourself or revisit it, watch these short sections of the interview with Deb:

26:50 - 28:27

1:15:02 - 1:21:21

1:35:27 - 1:40:40

Reflection

1. How do the expressions of your face communicate what you’re experiencing inside?

When you’re upset

When you’re comfortable

 

2. How are you most comfortable with touch? What are some examples where touch feels safe?  

 

3. Partner Exercise:

a) Hold your head still, don’t move your head, keep it straight.

Look at your partner with a neutral face (no expression) for several breaths.

Notice what happens to your nervous system.

 

b) Ask the same question with two different intentions. Adapt your voice accordingly.

Decide who is Partner A, Partner B

Build awareness of how your nervous system responds to each other’s tone of voice.  

 

I. Demanding Tone: Why didn’t you follow up like you said you would?

 

Pause - notice how this feels as a speaker; listener

 

Change - Partner B explores this exercise.

 

II.  Concerned Tone: Why didn’t you follow up like you said you would?

 

Pause - notice how this feels as a speaker; listener

 

Change - Partner B explores this exercise.

 

Share your experiences and observations with each other.

 

4. What’s your main takeaway about the Social Engagement System as a doorway to Ventral Vagal?

 

 

Lokah Samasta Sukhinau Bhavantu

 

Listen to the recording, below. It has been translated and interpreted:

May all beings be happy and free,

May the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life

Contribute in some way

To that happiness and to that freedom

For all.

 

“By chanting this mantra, we move from our personal self and radiate a prayer of love for the world around us.”    

“It has been used for many centuries to invoke greater states of compassion and peace.”                www.gaia.com

Miten & Deva Premal have a lovely recording on YouTube.

 

Tuning In Week Four: Additional Resources

 

Research on Chanting Om and the Nervous System

http://www.ijoy.org.in/article.asp?issn=0973-6131;year=2011;volume=4;issue=1;spage=3;epage=6;aulast=Kalyani

 

 

Week Four Bonuses

 

Develop Clear, Relaxed Attention

 

Gesture of Traveling Toward What We Value Most Deeply in Our Heart

 

Slow Motion Prana Exercise

 

Lokah Samasta Sukhinau Bhavantu

Research on Chanting Om and the Nervous System

Transcription

Lokah Samasta Sukhinau Bhavantu

May all beings be happy and free,

May the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life

Contribute in some way

To that happiness and to that freedom

For all.

“By chanting this mantra, we move from our personal self and radiate a prayer of love for the world around us.”          

“It has been used for many centuries to invoke greater states of compassion and peace.”                www.gaia.com

Miten & Deva Premal have a lovely recording on YouTube.

 

 

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