Neuroplasticity,
Recovery,
and THE BODY

3 POSSIBILITIES

3 Provocations

Complexity
and
Normalcy

Behavioral
Adaptation

(to pain)

DYsregulated
emotional
Imprinting

LOCked
Response
Patterns

Locked Responses

Emotional
Dysregulation

Behavioral
Adaptation

Provocation 1

Addiction is not
the primary
problem

Healing
Research

Pain is
Learned
Behavior

Chronic Pain

Emotions Rule Behavior

(not cognition)

Depression and Anxiety

Dysregulated
Patterns
LOCK
(4)

Trauma

FLIGHT
Dissociation
Hallucinogens
FANTASY

FREEZE
DEPRESSION
OPIOIDS
SOCIAL MEDIA

ORIENT
ANXIETY
STIMULANTS
GAMBLING

FIGHT
ANGER
ALCOHOL
GAMING

CaNNABIS
Disengagement
Artificiality
 

Responses
LOCK

Emotions
RULE

Pain is
Learned

Provocation 2

Insight is
NOT
Enough
(!)

ExampleS

Smoking
&
ICE CREAM

Signposts
from
Research

Mindfulness
As a Skill

(not meditation)

Self-Awareness

Nature
Experience

Emotional regulation

Stressful
Exercise

strength training
running

Unlocking Responses

Training
Heals trAUMA

Nature
Heals Emotions

Mindfulness
heals pain

Provocation 3

We've
been
Slow

(like, really slow)

Moving
Forward

Belonging
TRUST
Safety

Self-
regulation
and
awareness

Mentorship
and
Community

Mentorship
and Community

Self-
Regulation
and awareness

BELonging,
Trust, Safety

3 KeYS

BODYMIND
Training

Nature
Experience

Mindful
Skills

Neuroplasticity

Teach the Bodymind
to Heal

(it knows what to do)

Building a Program

Running LIFTING crossfit SOCCER climbing QUILTINg PHOTOGRAPHY SAILING PADDLING BEEKEEPING ACROYOGA TRAINING HIKING PIANO JUDo ARCHERY THROUGH SURFING COOKING ASTRONOMY PLAY CERAMICS WOODWORK BADMINTON TENNIS HIKING GARDENING PARKOUR BLACKSMITHING DANCING SKIING WRITING SINGING BASEBALL DRUMMING ORIGAMI BIrDING JUGGLING DRAWING SLACKLINING KNITTING SCRAMBLING QI GONG CYCLING FENCING

TEACH
Self-Regulation
and
self-awareness

Get
Outside

Resolve
LOCKED
IMPRINTS
(4)

FLIGHT
EMBODIMENT
PRESENCE
REALITY

FREEZE
MOVEMENT
CONNECTION
COMMUNITY

ORIENT
Mindfulness
IMPULSE
REGULATION

FIGHT
RELATIONSHIPs
SELF-
AWARENESS

CaNNABIS
ENGAGEMENT
PURPOSE

Cultivate
Empathy
and Trust

Run
LIFT
Play

Cultivate
Belonging
and Hope

Seek Wonder AND MEANING

Discussion

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Neuroplasticity, Recovery, and the Body

By Ross Laird

Neuroplasticity, Recovery, and the Body

Awakening the Healing Capacities of the Body

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