May is mental health month. And many of you here may already be familiar with the growing research around psychedelic-assisted therapies for the treatment of many forms of mental illness e.g. anxiety, depression, trauma. These substances and therapies are still being studied and are not allowed in many states, though evidence for their safety and efficacy is very strong. Can we however replicate those same brainwave states without the use of those exogenous (externally introduced into the system) compounds? It seems different forms of breathwork and meditation can do just that! I just shared an interview in the Nervous System Regulation group that a mentor of mine, Dr. Jeffrey Tarrant, an incredibly smart and grounded neuroscientist, and beautiful human being, did with the founder of SOMA Breath, Niraj Naik. For my fellow knowledge seekers, if you're interested, definitely encourage you to hop over in there and check it out! But the cliff notes version is this: With specific breathing techniques, one can calm the default network part of the brain and get out of self referential thinking. Away from "I" to "we". The thinking mind comes to a halt. And a shift in perspective and greater sense of connection to the whole ensues. Here's the link to the group to watch the full interview!

Posted by Tom - NeuroArkitect Guide at 2022-05-11 20:51:14 UTC