We’ve all had experiences where our reactions felt completely out of proportion to the situation. We have reacted with frightening and disproportionate anger to a mild rebuke, or a bad evening out when you got home late makes you think that your whole life has gone into a sharp decline. In Anchored, Deb Dana presents a simple, hopeful message: when you ground yourself with openness, mindful attention, and curiosity, you can gain the understanding necessary to reshape these seemingly uncontrollable responses. Polyvagal Theory posits that our survival responses are regulated by the vagus nerve (the highway of the nervous system, which sends signals directly from the body to the brain) and can be consciously shaped through exploratory practices that offer a greater sense of safety. Anchored includes in-depth practices such as guided imagery, meditation, and ongoing self-inquiry.
208pp, 229 x 152 mm, Paperback, 2021, RRP £14.99