Active Pause® Part 1- Featured Article

I am inviting you to look at the pause within the context of the process through which we interact with our environment. I am...
Serge Prengel

Revisiting last month’s article about the Window of Tolerance, Polyvagal Theory & Relational Mindfulness:...

Last month, I published an article with a very similar title to this one. It was exploring mindfulness within the context of the Autonomous Nervous System (ANS). The gist of it was captured in a few charts about the Window of Tolerance and the Polyvagal Theory. I realized that my point could be better expressed through a different set of visuals. The following is are-write of this article, including new visuals.
Serge Prengel

Window of Tolerance, Polyvagal Theory & Relational Mindfulness

The model of Window of Tolerance and the Polyvagal Theory have been very useful to make sense of what we do in trauma therapy. What they have in common is the underlying assumption that life is interaction with threats and opportunities, and that much of our responses are implicit, modulated through the autonomic nervous system. This article proposes a simple integration of the two approaches. This integration helps further clarify what we do in therapy, and what we mean by mindfulness. Much of the article can be grasped through a few charts, with relatively few words of explanation.
Serge Prengel

Richard Schwartz about dealing with our inner conflicts

Serge Prengel talks with Richard Schwartz about dealing with our inner conflicts on his Active Pause® Blog & Podcast: Proactive mindfulness: Waking up to our lives, moment by moment.

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