Our gut feelings are important. And they come from an entirely separate neural system within us, our enteric nervous system. This collection of neurons is exquisitely sensitive to whether or not we have a “neuroception” of safety as we move through the world. Join me for a 90-minute exploration of the effect of empathy on our bodies and our emotions, and our digestion of both food and the emotional nourishment of our relationships.
Note: This webinar was done in 2013 and some of the understanding of neuroscience has evolved since this time. Please bear this in mind as you listen.
Note from Sarah: In this webinar I mention that the vagus nerve has 3 gears or channels, which is sort of true – but I don’t say that now since the HPA axis (the body’s stress response, Fight/Flight) co-opts the ventral channel of the vagus nerve rather than being part of the nerve itself.