The sympathetic nervous system is our fight or flight. When we sense fear or threat, the sympathetic nervous system takes over and directs parts of our bodies that are needed to help fight the danger. It activates our adrenal glands, makes us breathe deeper to take in more oxygen, our hearts beat faster to help bring blood flow into our muscles, and our pupils dilate to see more strongly. This fight or flight response is necessary in times of danger, but we can become adapted to this state. The complexity arises when we feel this sense of danger and fear during times when we need rest and recovery and are perfectly safe from danger and harm. This relaxed state is known as the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system is our rest and recovery. It is our default setting and neutral state of being. It allows us to flow through the day eating, sleeping, digesting, recovering, and reproducing. In this parasympathetic state, our heart slows, our breathing calms, our digestion is strong, and our muscles repair. In this state of relaxation, we can recover and the more time we spend in this state, the healthier we are. Cheat Sheet : Sympathetic ~ Fight or Flight Parasympathetic ~ Rest and Recover This meditation will help you to adapt to a more calm and healthy state of being. Calming a sympathetic response, which is common with those who have experienced trauma and many other stressful experiences throughout their lives. When we know how to reach this parasympathetic state, we can redirect ourselves during times of stress and during times when we feel the stress hormones in our bodies. With time and self-observation we can change the way our bodies respond.