Fear based thinking constricts your heart, and pushes your

Biological Footprint into an ANS (Autonomic Nervous System) state of Sympathetic Dominance. Love on the other hand opens the door of the heart and facilitates a ‘Relaxation Response’ in the parasympathetic component of the ANS, which then allows for the emergence of coherence. As you are asking the three questions, this process will inevitably lead you to an examination of your state of healthful balance. The ‘Art of Balance’ serves as the platform for living. We

know that we should stop dreaming and start living. However, just the opposite may also be in order: start dreaming, and start living.

The Three Brains For there is nothing either Good or Bad, but thinking makes it so. ~Shakespeare

The main reason I have outlined the ‘three brain’ model is to focus on two areas that are critically tied in with the whole discussion about the journey from fear to love—the ANS (Auto- nomic Nervous System) and the Amygdala.

The Amygdala The amygdala (Greek word – Almond), is situated in the

temporal lobe of the brain and is part of the limbic system, a neural network in the middle brain with many complex connec- tions. The amygdala may be thought of as the collective center that integrates emotions, motivation and emotional behavior. It has an essential role in decoding threatening stimuli. Aggravation of this area, whether perceived or real, causes intense emotion such as fear or aggression. Of interest to this discussion is the function of the amygdala that is related to control of the Auto- nomic Nervous System responses associated with fear.

Deer in the Headlights The amygdala processes sensory input, and generates a re- sponse to fear through connections with the ANS. So this typical fight, flight or freeze response is modulated between the interac- tion of complex neural circuitry involving the amygdala and the ANS.

Matter Over Heart Mind over Matter, while important, can be a logical discur-

An important part of understanding how we direct our thoughts and how they are connected to our emotions, and subsequent actions, is model of the triune brain.

Reptilian Brain (including basal ganglia, mid-brain, and brain- stem): principally associated with physical survival and main- tenance. It controls questions like fight or flight. In addition to real threats, perceived threats are as important, and this be- comes integral since a defining factor of our overall balance is the constant mental chatter that is fear-based that churns in our heads.

Middle Brain (including the amygdala, hippocampus, hypo- thalamus and other structures in the limbic system): primar- ily senses the reality you are engaged in through emotions and feelings.

New Brain (neocortex): logically analyzes all information presented to it. This is also known as the thinking brain.

The Filter of Love The journey that we undertake daily is part of what we all

do. Unfoldment of your heart’s intent is what the game of life is all about. However, the field of the mind is where most of us spend a significant amount of time, during our daily grind. Speak- ing of grinds, an analogy may be useful. We can actively choose what to filter our day within every moment. So, in the same way when we make a cup of delicious coffee, a filter is used to keep the coffee grounds out of our cup of Java. As you go through your day, consider filtering out the ‘grounds’

Gardening The whole process of balancing one’s Biological Footprint centers around the interaction between one’s Biological Footprint and Nature’s Template. The importance of this cannot be over emphasized. A useful metaphorical snapshot is the following regarding the three rules of Gardening:

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sive rumination and is usually the most common mode of think- ing that quite frankly can leave one exhausted. Consider peeking outside the box and taking the perspective of putting your heart under what matters. This will allow your logical mind to enter the intuitive domain of the heart and allow more coherence into the framework of your question.

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