Dr. Kim’s Blog
Motivation + Inspiration
I’ve been on a journey for a long time now. It’s been an imaginative journey filled with red tailed hawks, dragons, and even muppet guides–I’ll tell you all about that one day. But the most significant part of this journey has been over the past year. I’ve been hunkered down within what I call the Hermit’s Cave.
Your internal navigation system operates from a gentle strength. Sometimes it seems so quiet, but it’s actually you who are creating the interference.
I was recently asked to be on a panel about the intersection between academics, entrepreneurs, and innovation as it applies to the coaching industry, specifically family life coaching. To help us prepare, the conference organizers gave us some possible questions, assigning each person as a “lead” on a particular question. I was assigned to the entrepreneurship questions, which tracks on a surface level, given that I do own my own business. But I don’t *just* consider myself an entrepreneur.
When violence happens, especially in a school shooting situation, children and parents can feel fearful and at risk. Knowing how to talk to a child can help ease their fear, give them a sense of personal control, and help them navigate the uncertainty that comes with high profile acts of violence.
The ventral vagus helps us to feel connected, safe, and able to access our prefrontal cortex (the part of the brain that can think clearly and make decisions)
The dorsal vagus is a nerve that is common in all mammals. Normally, it’s helpful in regulating between your arousal and relaxation. When stress is unrelenting, however, the dorsal vagus kicks in to help us freeze. It’s the system of shutdown.