How wide is your window of tolerance?
Window of tolerance is a term used in psychology and was first described by Dr Siegel.
Basically the window is our comfortable zone in which we function at the most efficient level. We are alert, engaged, with optimal problem solving skills and accessing both emotions and reasoning. When we move towards the top of our window we may cross into the state of hyper - arousal or a fight or flight response. We experience anger, rage, anxiety, chaotic responses, addictive behaviour etc. On the other side of our window of tolerance is a hypo - aroused state or a freeze response. We feel disconnected, not present, flat, experience feeling of separation from ourselves and our emotions.
The good news is that a slow mindful yoga practise is able to widen the window of tolerance. In short to medium term the results may be only temporary but in a long term these changes become permanent.
Through mindful movement, breath and meditation we are able to widen our window of tolerance and keep it wide open!
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