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Harness the power of your nervous system to support healthy relationships and personal well-being.

Why is it that when you have a tense conversation with a boss, coworker, or partner, you feel like you’re staring down a charging rhinoceros? How is it that both situations cause a fight-or-flight response - and what can you learn from it?

As it turns out, the same neurological processes that cause unwanted stress can also be harnessed to summon relaxation, spaciousness, and equanimity. In Befriending Your Nervous System, clinician Deb Dana presents a simple, hopeful message: When you approach these subconscious processes with openness, mindful attention, and - above all - curiosity, you can gain the understanding necessary to shape their outcomes. Dana draws from the recent explosion of research in polyvagal theory, which posits that our most hardwired survival responses are regulated by the vagus nerve and can be consciously regulated through repeated exercises.

Here, you will learn:

  • How to interpret the subtle language of the nervous system
  • Present-moment awareness and the mechanics of choice
  • Your personal “protection-connection” equation
  • How to cultivate and savor positive nervous states
  • Why it’s paramount that you examine your internalized stories about the world
  • How to discover the stillness available in every moment
  • What actually nourishes your autonomic nervous system
  • The continuum of resilience
  • T­­he process of reciprocity, rupture, and repair
  • How to recognize physical cues of both safety and danger

Dana teaches how to work with the body’s innate ability to pick up social signals and cultivate “micro-moments” of safety, retraining your automatic responses to stress, conflict, and hardship. Including in-depth practices such as guided imagery, meditation, and ongoing self-inquiry, Befriending Your Nervous System offers a practical user’s manual for anyone seeking greater wellness, self-awareness, and emotional resilience.

©2020 Deborah Dana, LCSW (P)2020 Sounds True

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This is exactly what I needed.

I suffered from extreme and ongoing abuse and neglect the first dozen years or so in my life, and until now there really was no hope for people like me. We really are deep in a well! Now I know that making the change I need is like changing the course of a mighty river. Just got to give it time and attention. And the incredible news is the strategies are so tiny and yet powerful.

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This is a wonderful application of how to calm your nervous system using specific techniques. Deb has a pleasant voice and the class has a well-organized, casual pace. This book is ahead of its time.

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  • Heather Matuozzo
  • 06-27-21

This book will truly change your life!

The Polyvagal Theory is one of those rare things that can help in all walks of life for so many different issues.
This is a gentle, simple and beautiful book which introduces you to your nervous system and helps you to do what it says on the cover - to befriend it. This is the very best friend you will ever have.
Thank you Deb for interpreting Dr Stephen Porges work on Polyvagal studies so enchantingly but with such clarity and perception.
This book really does change lives....

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  • 03-09-21

Difficult listen

7 hours with no substance. Very little explanation of concepts. constant reprise to 'imagine' by author made the listen imposdible to complete

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