Welcome to Week Two
(To listen to the audio recording of this introduction click here.)
Let’s start by paraphrasing the interview.
“Neuroception is a word that Stephen Porges coined. It’s a new word. It refers to having awareness of what’s happening inside the body.
Neuroception is the nervous system’s internal surveillance system. Deb refers to it as “detection without awareness.” Our nervous system is attuned to what’s happening inside the body, outside in the environment around us, and in between us, interpersonally.
When we tune in and feel the sensations in the body what we are noticing is the result of neuroception. On the other hand, perception is a term that’s related to our thinking mind. Remember that the experience of our nervous system happens below the level of our conscious mind. So we bring the level of our conscious thinking, our perception, to be able to understand our neurception.
The question our nervous system always asks is:
“Is it safe in this body, in this place, with this person? “Am I safe in this body, in this place, with this person?”
This inner dialogue is really what’s running the show.
If we don’t bring awareness to neuroception then it simply directs our lives without us knowing - it’s just doing it in the background.
As we cultivate our ability to bring awareness to neuroception, we can interrupt patterns and reshape our nervous system. We can reshape stories that have been built from trying make meaning out of our nervous system’s experiences.
For me it’s really profund to understand that we’re actually accessing information that’s being communicated directly from the nervous system about our present moment experience. It’s primary information. The stories that we tell ourselves about this information are secondary. The stories are based on attempting to understand and interpret the nervous system’s messages.
This week explore the body scan, continue getting familiar with the changing information that your body is communicating. Work with mapping your states following the suggestions given.
Build self-awareness of how your body responds to various practices. Journal about the before and after experiences of yoga and other practices.
I look forward to continuing this journey with you!
@2018, Charlotte Nuessle