Years ago I learned that different people experiencing similar body sensations respond in totally different ways. The speaker (I cannot remember for sure who) told a story about Carly Simon and Bruce Springsteen, two great singer-songwriter-musicians, getting ready to perform. Both would feel sweaty palms, rapid breathing, and tightening, especially in the stomach and chest. Carly would fear she was having a “panic attack” and not be able to go on. Bruce would feel stoked and ready!”
We can embrace, welcome, allow, and use sensations in our bodies to enhance the lives of others and ourselves. Watch the following TED Talk from Psychologist Kelly McGonigal for some great tips on how to make these conversions…
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
Kelly McGonigal translates academic research into practical strategies for health, happiness and personal success. Full bio »