Four Themes in the Calm Pillar:


1. Parasympathetic Nervous System

2. Paper Tiger Paranoia

3. Cooling Anger

4. Feeling Safer

Topics covered in this pillar:


  • Deepening self-awareness of responses to disturbances in the safety system, including anxiety, anger, and feeling helpless.
  • The parasympathetic nervous system (PNS).
  • The relaxation response. Soothing and settling the body.
  • The evolution of “paper tiger paranoia.” “Delusional anxiety.” Challenging false alarms.
  • How to repeatedly experience that you are alright right now.
  • Ways to feel protected.
  • Our vulnerability to learned helplessness. Cultivating your sense of agency.
  • How to experience the unpleasant without “going red” into resisting it.
  • Deepening your capacity for tranquility.

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