Face Your Legal Challenge with All of Your Breath

Face Your Legal Challenge with All of Your Breath by Duane Light #TheWellnessUniverse #WUVIP #Legal

Are you in the midst of a painful legal challenge?

Are you feeling anxiety, fear, worry or loathing? Wishing it would just be over? Wondering why you ended up in this situation?

Neuropsychologist Peter A. Levine, Ph.D., tells us that in response to a traumatic situation, we can subconsciously react with Arrest, Flight, Fight, Freeze or Fold. [1] 

At times of feeling Arrest, Fight or Flight, your breath quickens and adrenaline rushes through your veins to prepare for action. If you don’t immediately move or do something to clear the stress in the body, it can develop into continuous mental, emotional and physical tension.

At the other end of the spectrum, you may be in Freeze or Fold mode if you have feelings of overwhelm, avoidance, or fear. This shows up as constricted, shallow breathing.

In Freeze or Fold mode, subconsciously we are saying: “I don’t want to be here” “I don’t want to do this” “This is too scary” “This hurts too much” “Get me out of here” “Maybe if I play dead (give up), they will leave me alone.”

We subconsciously reduce our breathing during Freeze or Fold mode to deaden the experience and avoid having to fully feel difficult emotions.

So how is your breathing right now? Is it fast, filling and anxious, or is it shallow, uptight, and deadening your energy?

With stress, tension and a constricted breath, your brain will receive less oxygen, and you will not be able to think, speak or act intelligently.

So, imagine walking into court, deposition, mediation or arbitration, and you are in Freeze or Fold mode, hardly breathing.

How do you think are you going to perform?

With a deadened brain, you can’t fully analyze or understand questions or formulate good responses. You can be more easily intimidated or manipulated.

You may make a damaging statement while under physical, mental and emotional stress, which can damage or destroy your case.

We’ve got to get you fully BREATHING so you can be calm, centered, clear and confident before your important legal event.

I’m going to give you a free technique that you can use Right Now. I learned this in my Chi Gung training in China.

In less than 10 minutes it will:

  • oxygenate your body and brain
  • calm your body, mind, and emotions
  • help you focus
  • help you be more clear and confident.

The first time I experienced this was at a morning Chi Gung class in a park in Taiwan, with around 80 people. We did this exercise for 45 minutes! Afterward, I felt incredibly relaxed, clear-minded, strong and energized.  This is perfect for you to do before any important legal event or decision.

This exercise is also valuable to help you relieve stress and tension. Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. has developed a therapy called Somatic Experiencing. An important part of that is helping the client to release traumatic stress in part through shaking or other movements, in order to calm and re-set the nervous system.

Dr. Levine writes:

“The highly charged physiological reactions . . . including shaking and trembling (when experienced as a safe discharge) . . . helped to restore [my patients’] equilibrium. These reactions also promoted a relaxed readiness, an aptitude similar to that cultivated in Zen and in the martial arts such as Aikido” [2]

This exercise can give you an easy, effective beginning in this process of emotional release and move toward more peace and strength. Please enjoy this relaxing and empowering exercise.

Offerings for Further Support —

Online Guides and Resources:

Rarely is a legal problem purely just legal. Almost all disputes involve emotional and interpersonal dynamics. If you or someone you care about are in a middle of a difficult legal situation, I offer online guides, exercises, fill-in-the-blank forms, meditations and other resources to help you navigate through faster, easier and at lower cost, with more calm, clarity, and confidence.

I invite you to learn more about my guides and resources. (*)

Private Consultation or Representation:

I’ve been able to help my clients transform their legal issues in the past, and I’d love to connect to talk to you about your situation. If you would like to speak with me about what’s happening for you or to learn more about working personally with me, I invite you to check out the coaching programs I offer. (**)

– Duane


Credits and Sources:

  • [1] “Cannon’s discovery, fight-or-flight, could be updated with the acronym “the A, and four F’s”: Arrest (increased vigilance, scanning), Flight (try first to escape), Fight (if the animal or person is prevented from escaping), Freeze (Fright—scared stiff) and Fold (collapse into helplessness). Peter A. Levine, Ph.D., In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness, p. 48.
  • [2] Peter A. Levine, Ph.D., In An Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness, pp. 347-348.
  • (*) http://holisticlegalsolutions.com/guides/
  • (**) http://holisticlegalsolutions.com/coaching/


Be sure to register for my upcoming webinar The Holistic Guide to Navigating Legal Issues with Calm, Clarity, and Confidence on The Lounge that will take place on April 4th, 2018 to learn how you can effectively, peacefully, and compassionately navigate any life legal issue or conflict and increase favorable outcomes.



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