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Techniques For Living a Balanced Life:
An Overview - Part 1

Many Techniques, One Purpose

          All the techniques you’ll learn on this site have ultimately one purpose – to strengthen your MPFC and heart brain so they can do their job of integrating and harmonizing the various parts of your brain and bring greater balance to your mind, body, and emotions.

          As your MPFC gets stronger and your heart begins to open, you’ll start to feel as though there is a core of calm, ease, and contentment inside you from which your work, relationships, and all that you do, can flow more smoothly.

Why We Need Techniques

          On the page entitled, Our Unbalanced Brains, we describe what it is that makes our brain out-of-balance: having evolved in an earlier, far simpler environment, where stress was  occasional and short-lived, our brain has had trouble adapting to the constant and chronic stress of the complex, modern world we now inhabit.   As a result of this, the different parts of our brain are often in conflict with each other.  

          Our instinctive and emotional brains are over-activated as a result of the constant barrage of text messages, e-mails, and social media postings, the over-stimulation of our senses by input from our computers, televisions, ipods, and smart phones, and the ever growing pressures at work, home, and school.  They're constantly on the alert, assessing everything and everyone we encounter as either helpful or dangerous to our safety, comfort, and happiness, and flooding us with a host of reactive emotions.

          The left hemisphere of our brain is also working on overdrive trying to make sense of the complex world we live in.  And on top of that, our emotional and instinctive brains are constantly pushing, prodding, and trying to manipulate it into dealing with their desires and fears. The result is that we have a constant chatter going on in our heads, day and night. It’s kind of like having a crazy roommate living inside your head who won’t shut up and insists on compulsively commenting on everything that goes on.

          All this cranial over-activity makes it very difficult for us to just
                                                      unplug,
                                                                          slow down,
                                                                                                 get quiet,
                                                                                                                      and simply be . . .
          even for a moment.

          But without such moments, it becomes very hard for us to hear the wise guidance that our MPFC and heart-brain have to offer.  And it makes it hard for us to "tune in" to that quiet, calm center which is potentially always available, that center that we refer to as the "core".

          This out-of-touchness with our core, our calm inner center, has a negative impact on our health and well-being:

  • It creates imbalances in our autonomic nervous system so that we tend to feel either totally exhausted or nervously hyperactive

  • It creates chronic tension in our muscles, resulting in aches and pains in the body

  • It makes us vulnerable to conflicting currents and tidal waves of negative emotion

  • It makes our minds either unfocused and easily distracted, or rigidly hyper-focused

  • It drives us to act in ways that are often counterproductive, or harmful to our own and others’ well-being

          The various techniques in the Techniques section of this site are designed to help remove these obstacles, strengthen our MPFC, give us greater access to the intelligence of our heart brain, and, ultimately, help us connect with the core of calm, ease, and contentment at the center of our awareness.

Using Techniques to Address Specific Issues

          Of the many techniques that are available, we’ve chosen ones that have been both widely researched and which, in our own experience, have been among the most powerful.
 Because all parts of the brain and body are so interconnected, whatever you do to address one obstacle will automatically affect other obstacles as well.  This is very good news – because it means that any time you make a positive change, even a relatively small one, you may be surprised to discover benefits that you weren’t anticipating.

         

          Having said that, the more familiar you become with the various techniques, the more you’ll know which ones will be most effective for the specific obstacle(s) you’re dealing with.  And remember, each time you address any obstacle, your MPFC and heart-brain can better do their job of getting your whole brain-body crew working together in harmony, thus clearing a path to your core of calm, ease, and contentment.

          In Overview of Techniques – Part 2, we describe the various categories of techniques we teach, and the obstacles they can specifically target.