I awoke to the glint of sunlight and the sweetness of birdsong wafting through my open window. Within a few minutes a menagerie of crows flew in creating an obnoxious ruckus. I could feel my adrenaline system kicking in with irritation, ready to hijack my day. In that moment of wakefulness I knew I had a choice. I could allow the ruckus to dominant my day or I could live the sweetness of life.
I immediately went within and tuned into my innate Grace. I took several long deep abdominal breaths which shifted the flow of adrenaline (stress hormone) to the flow of oxytocin (love hormone). Within moments, the crows departed and the birdsong once again reminded me of the sweetness of life.
As I lay there listening to their invitation to enjoy the day, I realized this shot of adrenaline used to be my normal manner of awakening as my thoughts immediately turned to all the tasks that needed to be accomplished. The discrepancy between my blissful dream state and the confines of my physical body often resulted in panic attacks.
During this realization, I heard the word ‘amygdala’. I recall from medical school that the amygdala is an important part of the brain which regulates the responses of fear and pleasure. As cave dwellers this unconscious response was useful. But we’re no longer living in caves with lions and tigers outside our dwellings. And yet, our bodies are responding to the stress of everyday tasks in the same manner as cave dwellers. These continual injections of adrenaline eventually deplete our adrenal systems, compromising our health and wellbeing.
The more conscious we become the more control we have over our body’s reactions. We always have choice, the ruckus or the sweetness of life, stress or pleasure, adrenaline or oxytocin. A few deep breaths can flip the autonomic switch in your brain and instantaneously transform your day to day life. It really is that simple!!!
There’s an even more expanded bonus to using the “Breath of Grace’ as I call it. The deeper you breath, the more oxytocin is released, until you become aligned with your GodSelf which opens the portal to your multidimensional Consciousness, your Heaven on Earth. With each breath limitations cease to exist, infinite possibilities reveal themselves, and stress melts away.
As conscious creators, we have the ability to retrain our brain with the simplicity of the breath. Our daily lives offer us the practice of choice, moment by moment, until Grace prevails paving our Heavenly HighWay of Life.
~ Sharon Lyn Shepard ~
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To learn more about how the amygdala works, here’s a short youtube you may find helpful:
Amygdala Hijack & Emotional Intelligence https://youtu.be/Lr-T6NAV5V4