STRESS: IT’S NOT IN YOUR HEAD, IT’S IN YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM

by Melody Walford, Guest Waking Times Have you ever been told when you’re stressed to stop worrying and just relax? That it’s all in your head? It would be nice if it were that simple. But it’s not. Physiology research shows that the stress response memory lives in your nervous system. Take for example exposure to a stressful event. One in which you felt helpless, hopeless, and lacked control. In this case your autonomic nervous system (ANS) is engaged. This is the part of the nervous system responsible for controlling unconscious bodily actions like breathing. To be more specific, it was the sympathetic branch (fight … Continue reading STRESS: IT’S NOT IN YOUR HEAD, IT’S IN YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM

WHY DO BAD THINGS TEND TO HAPPEN ALL AT ONCE?

Short answer: They don’t by Ian Lecklitner Post Malone recently endured an insatiable streak of bad luck that began when his private plane was forced to make an emergency landing after blowing two tires during takeoff. His misfortunate reared its ugly head once again just two weeks later, when he was involved in a serious car crash that resulted in the complete destruction of his $320,000 Rolls-Royce. Then, only three days later, armed robbers came looking for Malone at his old home and proceeded to go on a stealing spree (after pistol whipping one of the current residents, who is also, apparently, very unlucky). But while Malone … Continue reading WHY DO BAD THINGS TEND TO HAPPEN ALL AT ONCE?

Strange and intelligent

Simone Weil. Photo by AKG Art London Estranged but not alienated, devout but not obedient, philosophical but not a systematiser, Simone Weil defies conventions Christy Wampole is an associate professor of French literature and thought at Princeton University in New Jersey. She is the author of Rootedness: The Ramifications of a Metaphor(2016). Edited by Sam Haselby Simone Weil (1909-43) belonged to a species so rare, it had only one member. This peculiar French philosopher and mystic diagnosed the maladies and maledictions of her own age and place – Europe in the first war-torn half of the 20th century – and offered recommendations for how … Continue reading Strange and intelligent