Your Resonant Self

Your Resonant Self

Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage your Brain's Capacity for Healing

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Have you ever noticed how cruel and self-sabotaging your critical inner voice can be? Have you been looking outside of yourself for friends and loved ones to reassure you of your worthiness and lovability?The latest developments in neuroscience unveil the amazing extent to which humans are wired for connection, belonging and resonance with other humans. This wiring for connection is so strong, our nervous systems have the capacity to become our own compassionate self-witnesses, even when we have not had access as children to stable loving presence and warmth. The field of neurobiology and the science of mindfulness reveal that the human brain is capable of being engaged in the experience of upset (fear, anxiety, depression) while simultaneously observing and holding ourselves with kindness, as a loving parent or partner would.This ability to be both experiencing and holding the experience is the key to maintaining inner calm in the face of life’s challenges. If we learn to honor that each and every inner voice, no matter how distressing, has the desire to help us, we open to the possibility that each part of us has value. This help creates a gentle, accepting and warm resonance with ourselves that can remain stable and present, even when parts of us feel upset.In simple language and easy-to-follow exercises, Your Resonant Self synthesizes the latest discoveries in brain science, trauma treatment, and the power of empathy into an effective healing method that literally rewires our brain and restores our capacity for self-love and well-being. Each chapter weaves the core concepts of neurobiology with guided meditations and beautiful illustrations by emily chaffee, painting an inspiring picture of the human brain’s inherent yearning toward healing and wholeness.
Skills for people to learn to be with themselves in the healthiest way possible.

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Author Sarah Peyton, a certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication, explains what recent research in neurobiology and neuroscience tells us about our need for connection with other people and our abilities to witness ourselves and love ourselves with compassion. She provides exercises so that readers can harness these abilities to find inner peace and self-love. Opening chapters explain the importance of how we talk to ourselves, outline the goal of emotional regulation, and introduce the concept of the resonating self-witness. Subsequent chapters give directions for meditations and other exercises for calming anxiety, healing old wounds, conquering fear, returning from dissociation, healing self-hatred, and letting go of addictions and compulsions. The final chapter gives advice on connecting with others from a new-found place of compassion. The appendices offer self-assessments, a glossary, online resources, and recommended reading. The book also contains simple b&w diagrams of brain structure. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393712247
Characteristics: xxxvii, 339 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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