Day Twenty-seven

DAY 27: Dr Elise Bialylew interviews Stephen Porges

Video Objectives

In this video, you'll learn:

  • About the different parts of your nervous system and the implications for your health and wellbeing.
  • Science-backed breath practices to help you manage stress and maintain calm in everyday life. 
  • About the Vagus nerve, its importance in your life and what you can do to harness its power.
  • The science of trauma and key factors that can support healing.
About Stephen Porges

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Your meditation for today

Creating Connection with Lori Schwanbeck

Lori Schwanbeck is dedicated to creating the conditions that enable people to thrive in personal and professional life. Her unique blend of qualifications as a marketing professional, psychotherapist, and mindfulness teacher, enable her to deliver a depth of knowledge along with practical skills that support individual and organizational well-being. Lori partners with diverse organizations around the globe including LinkedIn, Disney, Benevolently, The Kingdom of Bhutan, and Bain Consulting. She is a senior faculty member at Wisdom Labs and Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. Lori co-founded San Francisco’s Mindfulness Therapy Associates, a psychotherapy and coaching practice specializing in evidence-based mental health treatment.


“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” 

~ Joseph Campbell

It can be easy to acknowledge the good in others, but today, take some time to think about the good within yourself. Try this practice with a playful, light-hearted attitude.

If you’ve done this practice before, try it again. It’s a totally different experience every time. 

Write a letter to yourself as if you were writing to a friend to acknowledge what you most value and admire about them.

Start the letter with “Dear [insert your own name]”.

Set a timer for five minutes and let your pen flow.

Write about the strengths you most value about yourself and moments of generosity, courage, forgiveness, or times you moved out of your comfort zone in order to expand and grow. Write as if you were writing to a friend to let them know how grateful you are to have them in your life and to let them know what you admire about them.

As you write, be mindful of any thoughts, feelings, or body sensations that come up from moment to moment. Notice any resistance to doing this practice or any skepticism. Remember that it’s just an experiment and an opportunity to explore what it’s like to bring kindness to yourself, so try it out with an open mind and playful heart and see what you discover.

Keep this letter and refer back to it from time to time to support your daily diet of positive emotions and wellbeing.

Share what you noticed about doing this practice in the Facebook group.

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