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What Happens in Vagus? Healing!

Dr. James Rouse
Monday, March 2, 2015

Tired and wired. Too tired to keep running and too scared to stop. You or someone you know may fit this description all too well, even though Gandhi reminded us that “there is more to life than merely increasing its speed.” You are in the drivers seat to Samadhi and you are in charge of

your Metta-morphosis. Courageously choose to step up and slow down, and be the
change you wish to see in the world.

We are moving faster than ever and with this false need for even more speed our nervous systems and spirits are maxed out. If you are looking for a loving intervention, a self-imposed time out or simply a place to hide while keeping your pride consider taking a daily holiday to vagus to reclaim, rebalance and recommit to the life you desire-a life of loving kindness.

Las Vegas?! Have I lost my nerve? No. I am actually referring to the vagus nerve, that enlightened pathway that wanders from our brain stem to our lower abdomen. The longest of our cranial nerves, it serves many of our involuntary functions from keeping the heart rate steady to controlling the speed of digestion. It is a bit of an unsung hero performing its greatness under the radar. However, if you are looking for empowered transport from stressed to blessed you can hitch a ride to vagus and watch your world slow down, your heart open up and your busy mind surrender to loving kindness on demand. In our high-tech low-touch world we can often use a check up from the neck up-an expressway from our heads to our heart. You will be empowered and inspired to know that you hold the keys to transformation-simply open wide and say “OM."

Mindfulness meditation practice, “metta” loving-kindness meditation and related practices will help you to get your “om on” and make for greater peace, positivity and love-based power. Each of these mind-body offerings increase “vagal tone” and the greater the tone (kind of like strengthening your muscles with exercise) the more we will experience its mystical magic from head to heart. Looking for a smart pill? Meditate. Meditation can help to promote the production of BDNF-which is a lot like fertilizer for your brain. BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor) is a powerful protein that serves to create super learning, clear thinking and a very good mood. How about a love drug? Meditation can bump up your oxytocin stores which will mimic the chemical release of feeling loved, getting or giving a hug, pain relief and healthier blood pressure to boot.

But wait there’s more: Support for healthy weight management. Yup, and if that is not enough how would you like to just feel happier? The feel-good hormone serotonin thrives under the influence of meditation. Om Namah shivaya ladies and gentlemen. You are in the drivers seat to Samadhi and you are in charge of your Metta-morphosis. Courageously choose to step up and slow down, and be the change you wish to see in the world.