I’m very attentive to my nervous system. I spent much of my childhood, adolescence and early adult years completely disregarding the importance of a calm and nourished nervous system. Comprised of two parts, central nervous system (CNS, brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS, somatic, autonomic and entire). When I am referring to the nervous system, I’m usually referring to the autonomic, which is subdivided into the sympathetic (activated in case of emergencies to mobilize energy) or parasympathetic (relaxed state).
In today’s overly stimulated and technologically connected world, I find my sympathetic nervous system activated far too much. And it takes A LOT to unwind once I get it wound up. In fact, Jac of The Broad Place brought it to my attention that we experience the same amount of stimulation in one day as a human did over the span of their whole lifetime two hundred years ago. And we’re all pretty familiar with what can come with a nervous system that operates in stress mode (sympathetic) most of the time: blood pressure problems, heart problems, digestive issues, constipation, premature aging, raised cortisol levels in the body, and so much more.
Aside from calming my nervous system with the support of herbs, vedic meditation twice daily, weekly massages, self Abhyanga massage, ample rest, quiet/calm/natural/light home environment with neutral colors, earthing, and Kundalini yoga to strengthen it, I’ve also enjoyed a visualization for six years now. After a particularly stimulating day where I find my shoulders to be at their limit of tightness, and I feel like I’m flying in circles, this is my go-to visualization.
GOLDEN WARM LIQUID MEDITATION
PROCESS | sit quietly. Bring your attention to your breath. Quiet your thoughts. And visualize an endless vat of warm golden liquid (ghee or oil work if you need more clarity). Visualize it slowly and abundantly pouring through the crown of your head. Like lava, it hits every nerve and muscle in your body. And it doesn’t move down until it’s relaxed your: eyes, cheeks, jaw, mouth, neck, shoulders (I stay here for awhile because that’s where I hold all of my tension). Visualize it loosening and massaging each and every nerve and muscle penetrating deeply, slowly, and restoratively. Take this all the way down to your toes.
You will begin to feel and hear popping noises. Your muscles will completely relax, and by the end it should feel as if you just received a deep nourishing massage.