Are Your Emotions Running Wild?

We all have those memories that haunt us. They can be from an injury or an emotional event. When we have a traumatic experience, we respond with fight or flight or freeze. When the memory of an event is attached to a strong emotion, your brain cannot tell the difference between it being in the present or the past. I have been asked what brainwave optimization is and what it will do for you. A client shared this analogy with me to gain a better understanding of what she was experiencing.

“When something traumatic happens, the memory and emotions attached to the memory are like wild horses. Are they running wild and free across within your mind?

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Each time you relive the event, another wild horse is born. As you continue to relive the event, the herd gets larger and larger. Soon they take over your life.

After brainwave optimization, that changed for me. Imagine you go out to the open plain and round up all these wild horses and herd them into a huge corral. You close the gate, stand, and watch as these emotions wildly express themselves. They run, kick, and toss themselves in every direction, trying to get out. As you move closer to the gate you reach for the lock, open the gate, and swing it open. Immediately the horses stampede to the opening that separates them from their freedom. The powerful sounds of hoofs hitting the dry dirt create a massive dust cloud, covering the landscape. But then there is silence. The dust settles. The powerful force of a hundred horses has come to a standstill, eyes staring at you, waiting. Waiting for you to decide. The open gate is the recall of the trauma. But this time, your mind is able to stop the emotions long enough for you to decide. What do you want these horrifying emotions to do? Instead of the regular routine of holding you captive, you now have a choice in how you want to respond.”

This client is still working with her therapist, but now she has the capability to work through this traumatic experience.

This is not the first time I have heard an experience like this story. Brainwave optimization helps your brain reach a uniquely deep state of relaxation. Our clients typically experience calmness, better sleep, and release of stress.

We all have some wild horses trying to rule our lives. Brainwave optimization can help you get your life back.

Until next time, take care.

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Joey Wilson

An Optimal Brain
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Murrieta, Ca 92563
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Happy Brain Happy Life!

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Published December 1, 2017

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As we approach the holidays, this is the time for celebration. Webster Dictionary defines Celebration: to celebrate by observing (a day) or commemorate (an event) with ceremonies or festivities.
Holidays can be fun or stressful. It all depends on how you manage your thoughts.
Positive thinking, happy thoughts have a positive effect:[i]

  • Supports a healthy brain
  • Stimulates the growth of nerve connections
  • Improves:
    • Cognition by increasing mental productivity
    • Your ability to analyze and think
  • Affects the perspective of your surroundings
  • Increases attentiveness
  • Creates more happy thoughts

Happy people are more creative, solve problems faster, are more mentally alert and the most important benefit is that people love to be around happy people. Sounds pretty good to me, especially around the holidays.

  • There are four primary chemicals in the brain that effect happiness[ii]:
    • Dopamine
    • Oxytocin
    • Serotonin
    • Endorphins

I would say this is a social behavior “Happy” cocktail. Being happy allows you to enjoy the moment. To experience the good things about family, friends and the reason for the season. The holidays can bring on stress that we usually do not experience during the rest of the year. Sometimes the stress can be too much, and it becomes difficult to have a positive experience.

We may have bad memories or experiences that challenge us during this time. These negative thoughts are powerful. They can make or break your holidays. Negative thoughts create negative actions. The words you say to yourself or others creates a mood. This negative mood disturbs your interaction with your environment. It affects your ability to perceive, remember, and reinforce existing or create new negative neural connections. It may put your mind in a state of little to no hope. There are people who have a more positive outlook, but most us remember negative things more strongly and in more detail.[iii] One study showed that 79% of medical students report developing symptoms suggestive of the illnesses they are studying. Because they get paranoid and think they’ll get sick, their bodies comply by getting sick.[iv] As a dear friend of mine would say “the point is”, negative thoughts are toxic. Your brain is very powerful, and your thoughts are alive. They can either make you or break you. It is a matter of choice.

The holidays are here, and we have an opportunity to make it a joyful experience. It may be difficult due to circumstances that you have no control over, such as a loss of a loved one. It will be bitter sweet. Yet within the grief, grasp the positive moments. Look around you and see what you do have. In any circumstance find the good and positive moments. Don’t let those negative thoughts hold you down. Hold on to those moments that are good and cherish them.

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[i] Psychology Today: Susan Reynolds –
[ii][ii] Technology Advice: Nicole Lazzaro
[iii] PsychCentral: Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW
[iv] Mindbodygreen: Dr. Lissa Rankin