1. Neuroception: How the Autonomic Nervous System Keeps Us Regulated with John Eli Guray Jeffrey Besecker 1:02:10

In this episode, the host Jeffrey Besecker delves into the topic of pain and suffering and how they contribute to personal growth. It challenges the belief that growth can only occur through pain and discomfort, suggesting that growth can also happen in states free of suffering. The guest, John Eli Guray, shares insights on how to navigate the complexities of the autonomic nervous system and achieve emotional self-regulation. 

John offers guidance on understanding and navigating the autonomic ladder, emphasizing the importance of self-regulation and embracing security. He explains how our bodies store information from past experiences and how the autonomic nervous system helps us identify sources of safety or danger. 

The episode explores the role of emotional self-regulation and finding a balance of homeostasis where our inner light can shine. Tune in to learn more about embracing growth and evolution without being overwhelmed by emotional triggers. 


[00:03:28] Trauma and the body.

[00:07:43] The role of neuroception.

[00:09:00] Flavors of our stories.

[00:14:19] Autonomic Nervous System Responses.

[00:18:30] Immobilization in dorsal vagal state.

[00:23:50] Overachievers in sympathetic state.

[00:27:17] Action biases as a heuristic.

[00:31:24] Conflict and social media.

[00:35:25] Emotional intelligence and self-awareness.

[00:41:43] The ventral vagal response.

[00:45:07] Intuitive awareness of triggers.

[00:50:35] Emotional regulation and cleaning.

[00:52:30] Triggering past memories.

[00:57:11] Cognitive behavioral theory vs polyvagal theory.

[01:01:10] Somatic experiences and conscious awareness.


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John Eli Garay

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Executive Producer: Jeffrey Besecker

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Jeffrey B. Besecker The Light Inside, Podcaster

Hi! I am Jeffrey Besecker. Using data-driven methodologies, we explore why we behave the way we do as human beings - think of it as investigative reporting for the soul.

We are all on the journey to discover the light inside, that beacon that guides us to live our truest, most authentic selves.

You can hear more from Jeffrey on his podcast The Light Inside where he aims to deliver actionable insights into our unconscious behaviors leading to richer, happier, and more fulfilling lives.