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Yes and No are Powerful Words

by Sarah Peyton
September 2021 Sarah Peyton

Yes and No are powerful words.

What impact does saying each of them have on your body and nervous system?

Yes is often celebrated as the liberating word needed to launch us into joy and full embodiment of our truest selves. "Say Yes to life!" for happiness and fulfilment of our deepest dreams, is a widely heard refrain.

While saying Yes can be dynamic and open many doors of opportunity, we must also be able to say No for healthy balance, wellbeing, and integrity in our lives.

Developing the ability to say No, and to locate relationships where our No's are welcomed and respected, can be a painful and daunting task.

Many of us have been conditioned to always say Yes, to always help, to always be available, to always agree, to always extend ourselves for others.

What does it mean to say No? To acknowledge and value our own needs? To set boundaries for our own wellbeing?

What happens when we carry trauma from times our No's have been violated by others or even by ourselves?

How can we heal and bring balance to the ways we engage with boundaries and connection?

The wonderful news is that by understanding neuroscience, healing our relationship with Yes and No is possible! We can begin this process by giving ourselves grace to say Yes and No when we choose to, and not when we feel like we should. We can also discuss this in future trainings.


Sarah Peyton, Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and neuroscience educator, integrates brain science and the use of resonant language to heal personal and collective trauma with exquisite gentleness.

Sarah is a sought-after expert who brings neuroscience expertise together with depth work, self-compassion, and the transformative potential of language. She works with audiences internationally to create a compassionate understanding of the effects of relational trauma on the brain, and teaches people how words change and heal us.

Sarah teaches and lectures internationally and is the author of three books: Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing, the companion Your Resonant Self Workbook: From Self-sabotage to Self-care, and Affirmations for Turbulent Times: Resonant Words to Soothe Body and Mind (scheduled for release in Winter, 2021).

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