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The River of Well-Being

Well known psychiatrist, professor and author Dr. Dan Siegel researches and teaches on neurological integration for optimal health. A concept of his that I find useful is his “River of Well-Being.” He uses this metaphor to illustrate the ways stress, personality, trauma history and attachment styles can impact our relationships with self, God and others. When we are operating at an optimal stress level, which is the proper amount of pressure to keep us moving forward toward our goals without feeling either under-stimulated or overwhelmed, we are sailing in the middle of the river, capable of flexible thinking and responses, with all of the areas of our brain engaged in a state of modulate

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