To further train your brain to tame your stress, it’s helpful to know a little bit about the terrain of your brain. Think of the tortoise and the hare to understand how key parts work. You may recall from that famous fictional race, the tortoise won and stated, “Slow and steady wins the race.”
In the brain, the tortoise is the cerebrum, which is the upper rational thinking part. We need the “slow and steady” aspect to make optimal decisions. The hare resides in the limbic system, which houses the amygdala – that’s the alarm center of the brain.
What about slow vs. fast you ask? Actually, both are lightning fast, but the alarm center was biologically created to save us from predators, so it wins the pure speed contest. Amazingly, the limbic system processes information at a staggering 4 BILLION bits per second. The cerebrum, then, by comparison seems slow at a mere 2 million bits per second.
In this video and in Susan’s programs, you’ll see her ABCD’s for catching the amygdala “in the act” when it sends false alarms that can stress us out and foul up our rational thinking. This is an essential skill in today’s fast-paced world.