Good Chemistry and the Science of Connection [ONLINE]
July 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Featuring Dr. Julie Holland in conversation with Dr. Kelan Thomas
Wednesday, July 22nd from 12-1:30pm PST
We are suffering from an epidemic of disconnection that antidepressants and social media can’t fix. This state of isolation puts us in “fight or flight mode,” deranging sleep, metabolism and libido. What’s worse, we’re paranoid of others. This kill-or-be-killed framework is not a way to live. But, when we feel safe and loved, we can rest, digest, and repair. We can heal. And it is only in this state of belonging that we can open up to connection with others.
Renowned psychiatrist Dr. Julie Holland has been studying the science of connection as revealed in human experiences from the spiritual to the psychedelic. The key is oxytocin — a neurotransmitter and hormone produced in our bodies that allows us to trust and bond. It fosters attachment between mothers and infants, romantic partners, friends, and even with our pets. There are many ways to reach this state of mental and physical wellbeing that modern medicine has overlooked. The implications for our happiness and health are profound.
We can find oneness in meditation, in community, or in awe at the beauty around us. Another option: psychedelic medicines that can catalyze a connection with the self, with nature, or the cosmos.
In this conversation with Dr. Kelan Thomas, Dr. Holland will explore some of the themes from her new book, and explore how forging true and deeper attachments with our own souls, to one another, and even to our planet, can help us heal ourselves and our world.