This could also be described as the’ contentment and soothing system.’
There are times when we are not under any threat and no do we want to achieve or do something ; we are content with the way things are and simply chilled out.
Our minds slow down , and this feeling of slowing can help us learn to be present in the moment . It turns out that the brain system involved in helping us feel content, calm, not threatened or rushing around doing thing, are also very importantly linked to kindness and affection ,
How does that work ?
Well, consider the baby who is distressed .
What will calm the baby ?
Sometimes , stimulating and distracting hi, or her can help, but mostly it is receiving a cuddle and the soothing tones of the mother’s voice.
Indeed, when we are distressed , we often like to turn to other people who(we hope) will be understanding , supportive and kind- – and these qualities often calm us down. It doesn’t necessarily reduce the problem as such, but to feel understand and valued is very important.
I will complete in article 2 soon.
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