Transforming our Brains into Kinder, Cozier Places to Live – The Sarah Peyton Story

Now more than ever, many people are struggling with their mental health, with feelings of isolation and even conflict. However, as humans, there is something unique about our connections to each other and to ourselves. So, while much of our pain may come from our relationships and interactions with others, it is in those relations that we can actually find healing. 

That’s where relational neuroscience – the study of how brains behave in relationships – comes in. Resonance training, offered by practitioners like our guest Sarah Peyton, takes what is known about relational neuroscience and uses it to re-establish real relationships and engage the brain’s true capacity for healing. 

In this episode, your host Karla Stephens-Tolstoy will take you along for her first resonance training & relational neuroscience session with Sarah, a neuroscience educator and author.

Sarah’s dedication to transforming our brains into kinder, cozier places to live began after struggling with depression herself. Before she knew the science, she found herself constantly battling a self-critical inner voice that left her feeling worthless, stupid, unlovable, and thinking it simply meant she was broken. 

In her early studies of nonviolent communication and neuroscience, she was amazed by how much sweetness and self-compassion was possible when you connect to your body sensations, feelings and needs. She then apprenticed for five years with Susan Skye (a psychologist, long-time NVC trainer, and creator of the groundbreaking New Depths Intensive Program) who pioneered the time-travel empathy process.

Now Sarah offers online courses, events, private sessions, as well as meditations, videos and blog posts to help others make sense of their behaviours and get past the stigma that what we’ve seen as emotional difficulties or character defects are actually very normal reactions to relational, cultural and intergenerational trauma. 

She has also published three books, Your Resonant Self, Your Resonant Self Workbook, and Affirmations for Turbulent Times, and offers a Practitioner of Resonant Healing Training and Certification Program

Host: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy

Editor: Jonnica Hill

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