Ep #26: Healing Past Trauma and Taming Your Inner Critic with Sarah Peyton
One of the most important ways we can clarify our purpose and maximize our potential is by understanding our brains and neurochemistry, and my guest today is here to help us do just that. A certified trainer and neuroscience educator, Sarah Peyton integrates brain science and the use of resonant language to heal both physical and emotional trauma. She teaches and lectures internationally, and she joins the show to share her passion for weaving together neuroscience knowledge and experiences of healing to unify people with their brains and bodies.
In this episode, Sarah explains the science behind our emotions and unconscious drivers, as well as key insights from her book, Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing. Listen in to learn her tips for calming anxious minds, why taking time to be present is so important, and how to tame your inner critic.
What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:
- Why it’s so important to allow ourselves time to be within our own minds.
- What makes meditation difficult for some people.
- How using the right hemisphere of the brain helps us deal with stress.
- The kinds of language that awaken and engage the right hemisphere.
- Our two different areas of memory.
- How to overcome your inner critic.
- What a healthy stress response looks like—and what keeps us caught in an anxiety hamster wheel.
- Books Sarah would recommend.
- Tips to help workaholics calm their minds.
- The surprising unconscious motivators that often drive us.
- How the trauma of past generations affects us—and what we can do to mitigate the impact.
- Which emotional circuit offers the antidote to stress.
- The easiest way to get started with meditating and mindfulness.
Ideas Worth Sharing:
There’s quite a lot of room for the healing of trauma and the movement of brains for integration and self-understanding that we don’t even necessarily realize. – @empathybrain Click To Tweet
When we begin to really hold the longings of our inner critic with affection, it’s an extraordinary change for us. – @empathybrain Click To Tweet
Our stress response systems are very much not only connected to our infancy, but connected to the generations of our past family life. -@empathybrain Click To Tweet
Resources In Today’s Episode:
- Sarah Peyton: Site | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube
- Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing by Sarah Peyton
- Matthew Lieberman
- Being a Brain-Wise Therapist: A Practical Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) by Bonnie Badenoch
- The Heart of Trauma: Healing the Embodied Brain in the Context of Relationships (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) by Bonnie Badenoch
- In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction by Gabor Mate
- Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel J. Siegel M.D.
- Moshe Szyf
- Jaak Panksepp
- Insight Timer App