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Learn calm & resilience in the face of stress
- Learn how to apply a powerful mind-shifting meditation practice called 2-point awareness, during which you will use the proprietary 3-Shen tea blend and essential oil Justin sends you to enhance the meditation’s effects.
- Meet with Justin for one 30-minute consultation so he can guide you how to apply this personally and help you break through your primary struggle.
Justin practicing 2-point awareness meditation
FAQs About the Challenge
How does the 28-Day Challenge help to solve chronic anxiety, stress, and/or anger?
The basic idea of the 28-Day Challenge is to help you change your relationship with a chronic emotional trigger or stressor by developing the capacity to not let that trigger/stressor run your life in the same way as before. The goal is to begin developing new neural pathways to deal with all that life brings you.
The program is designed using the 3 Shen Meditation Tea and the 3 Shen Meditation Oil to help empower you through a specific meditation practice.
After 28 days of using the tea and oil to help you sink into the practice of meditation and develop meditation as a habit, you will need to continue to meditate and but may not need the tea or oils as often or at all. Personally, I still use them occasionally to help reinforce the neural pathways they helped me develop. Some people might use them once a week, once a month, twice a month etc., or not at all. They should simply be there as a resource when needed.
What happens after 28-days? What should I expect?
After 28 days, you’ll still be human and have emotions. That means you’ll still continue to experience joy, fear, anger, hope, love, loss, frustration, etc. like all humans should. However, you will find that when you are triggered by a stressor, you’ll be able to come back to a calm-centered state-of-mind more rapidly and that you’ll be triggered less frequently overall.
Nothing takes away feelings and emotions – we are meant to have them.
What changes is that when you get triggered, it is less intense. You will be able to come back to feeling grounded and centered more rapidly.
You will find that the reaction to your emotions and your understanding of what you’re experiencing will have fundamentally shifted.
Of course you’ll need to keep doing the practice consistently – but you’ll be able to do it more easily each time. Over time, you’ll find that one to two deep breaths might be enough to help you reset your system and continue your day.
- Reducing the impact of stressors (say, from level 10 to level 3)
- Building resilience so that when you experience a level 3, you are stronger; so that level 3 feels more like a level 1.
What used to be a level 10 might now be a level 5. Even level 10 triggers (the major events of our lives) will be more manageable because of the new neural pathways you’ve developed.
This practice has the dual-factor of:
Every time you get over an emotional trigger, you reinforce your faith in yourself to get over emotional triggers – this builds confidence, safety.
You still have the memories of emotional triggers being traumatic, but now, you also have memories of emotional triggers becoming more manageable.
What happens to my mind and body when I experience chronic anxiety?
When you experience an emotional stressor or trigger – something that is uncomfortable, stressful, or painful – and it overwhelms your ability to continue to function normally, you enter into a state called Fight, Flight, Freeze. Your mind and body reflexively enter a “survival mode” as a defense mechanism.
In this survival mode, you don’t think as clearly or process information as well as you do normally. You develop tunnel-vision, and even the smallest things can seem overwhelming. This is known as having your sympathetic nervous system be overactive.
Over time, this constant stimulus of your sympathetic nervous system throws off your neurological and hormonal systems: affecting the quality of your sleep, your energy levels, your digestion, and all of your internal organs. In simple terms, the normal systems that maintain your health don’t work well and your health suffers in many different ways.
The first step to healing the range of health issues that can show up from chronic anxiety is to learn to reset your nervous system and shift back into the rest-and-digest mode of the parasympathetic nervous system.
What impact does meditation have for people with chronic anxiety?
When you encounter an emotional stressor/trigger, the neural pathways in your brain are hard-wired to send you into survival mode – Fight, Flight, or Freeze.
Think of a hamster running on its wheel. When we have emotional trauma our brain goes into survival mode and creates a new wheel to run on. Of course we don’t do this consciously, we just do our best to adapt and survive the situation. However, our memory creates a story about the event and we begin to use this story to cope with other emotional triggers or traumas. Overtime, we create a very strong neural pathway in our brain to always respond in one way to stressors. Basically, we always run on the same wheel when we’re triggered.
Meditation is proven to help alter these neural pathways – essentially putting a spoke in the hamster wheel turning in your head. It allows you to access and strengthen your higher brain functions, process the emotional stressor/trigger, and develop a new neural pathway.
So, meditation is the pathway to taking control over your emotions rather than being a slave to the reflexes of your primitive “monkey mind.”
Here’s a good article from Harvard University for further information about how meditation improves stress and anxiety: http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2009/issue61/
What is 2-Point Awareness? How does it help with anxiety, stress or anger as a chronic issue?
2-Point Awareness is a form of meditation that works in 2 parts:
- It acts as a focused distraction, of sorts:
In the Fight, Flight, Freeze state, you drop into tunnel vision – whatever the stressor is, it becomes all-encompassing.
2-Point Awareness has you focus on 2 things instead of 1 – therefore, that 1 thing can’t become all-encompassing. This process automatically reduces the intensity of your trigger.
- It is somatically-based:
By feeling your feet on the ground, your breath in the chest; you are feeling your body physically rather than focusing on the mental story. Running the “story” of the trauma in our mind vs stopping and feeling our physical body, is one of the biggest causes we get trapped in chronic anxiety.
Focusing on the physical sensations in the body works on multiple levels to form new neurological pathways and neurons instead of reinforcing the old ones (the “monkey mind” ones).
If you can ground yourself in your physical body: feel your feet on the ground, your breath in your chest; and feel safe and comfortable in your physical form, then you’ll feel safer to look at what it is that you’re experiencing. It’s like having a friend there.
You are trying to develop self-reliance, to learn to trust your body as a sanctuary.
Why do we hold on to these stories - these stressors/triggers?
Repeating a story makes you feel like you have control over it. Regrettably, this actually reinforces the neural pathways that keep the hamster wheel spinning in your head, and you keep re-experiencing the trauma everytime you retell the story.
The only way to truly let go of something is to actually experience. Think of it this way – imagine that you are holding a pen, you can’t let go of the pen until you acknowledge that you are holding it in the first place. Regrettably, most of us have learned that telling the story of why we have an emotion is the same thing as experiencing the emotion – it isn’t.
The idea is not to shut-down the emotion, it is to feel the emotion on a physical level rather than mentally repeating the story – repeating the story just reinforces the pattern inside of us, it keeps the hamster wheel turning. We want to say “no” to the stories in our head and “yes” to the sensations in our body. Feeling the emotion in our physical body is the gateway to truly letting it go.
What can I expect when using the 3-Shen tea and oils prior to meditation?
The tea and oils are used to make the journey into meditation easier and more achievable, especially for those who struggle to sit still or control their focus or are dealing with particularly intense emotional triggers.
The tea and oils make it easier for you to settle down into a space of concentration and focus in order to do the 2-Point Awareness meditation. You can think of them like training-wheels on a bicycle or as a friend to help you on the journey.
With this help you can do the meditation the right way and learn what the meditation is supposed to feel and do for you, with the goal that eventually you won’t need the herbs or oils to get into that state.
People often describe meditation as a place where you can have clear insights into parts of yourself and your life. Sometimes this is described as looking at your reflection in a pool of water. When you’re in the Fight, Flight, Freeze state, the water is turbulent and murky. The tea and oils help you to “calm the waters,” so to speak, so that you can see your reflection and meditate more efficiently.
What is the safety of this tea? What’s in it? How will it affect me? Could there be any interactions? Can I be allergic to it?
Both the tea and the oil are made up of common Chinese herbs in very low doses. Such low doses exponentially reduce the risk of interactions/reactions. Of course anyone can theoretically react to anything but you can think of this tea like drinking a cup of herbal tea that you might buy at a health food store.
The point of these herbs is not to treat the physical body, but rather to help calm the mind.
3 Shen Meditation Tea
The tea is made up of:
- Dan Shen (Salvia root)
- Xuan Shen (Scrophularia root)
- Ku Shen (Sophora root)
For more detailed information about the tea and herbs, click here.
3 Shen Meditation Oil
The oil consists of a blend of essential oils:
- Qing Hao (sweet wormwood)
- Nan Mu (Chinese cedarwood)
- Jin Yin Hua (honeysuckle)
For more detailed information about the oil and the herbs, click here.
28 Days in Detail
PRIOR TO START: You will have your complimentary consult with Justin, select one of the 2 participation options, sign your release form, complete the first self-assessment, and receive your 3-Shen tea and oil in the mail.
Day 1: Have guidance session with Justin on video conference for 30 minutes. Establish your area of focus (a trigger or struggle) for the 28-day challenge. Receive the 2-point awareness meditation instructions and audio guided meditation.
Day 2-7: Receive daily emails with encouraging prompts for your meditation, including easy access to the audio guided meditation. Practice 2-point meditation daily after drinking the 3-Shen tea and applied the 3-Shen oil.
Day 8-13: Practice 2-point meditation with the 3-Shen tea and oil daily.
Day 15-27: Continue to practice 2-point meditation daily. Begin to apply the practice of 2-point awareness in everyday situations where you are triggered emotionally.
Day 28: Review how practice has changed over 28 days. Take these skills into other areas of your life and see how everything improves with more emotional resilience and freedom.
WHAT PAST PARTICIPANTS HAVE TO SAY
2 OPTIONS FOR PARTICIPATION
- Receive one, 30-minute one-on-one online session with Justin.
- Receive a one-month supply of the 3-Shen tea and the 3-Shen oil.
- Receive the meditation training, an audio of Justin’s guided meditation, and an email series of encouraging meditation prompts.
- Receive everything included in Option 1.
- Plus two additional 30-minute one-on-one coaching sessions with Justin.