You have probably seen self-help guides or personal development programs touting that they can help you “rewire my brain.” What? The brain isn’t like a muscle that you can just take to the gym for a work-out. You’re stuck with what you’ve got. Right? Wrong.
Brain development is possible
The scientific evidence paints a different picture. While the brain isn’t a muscle, the neural networks within it can be altered on the physical level through changes in behavior, external stimulation, and practice. This principle is called neuroplasticity, and it encompasses the brain’s ability to reorganize itself and form new connections or networks based on experience. So, if you are asking, "can I rewire by brain?" the answer is yes!
Agents of neuroplastic change can be in the form of sensory inputs (sights, sounds, smell, touch, etc.), as well as repeated motor or cognitive activities.
One of the most important factors involved in neuroplasticity is...
“The pain is in the resistance to reality, not to the reality itself”
My “quarantine extreme” son waves to me from his second-floor window while I make a quick pick up at his home. On the phone, a friend is inviting me to an event, because of course she’s convinced the crisis is a hoax that will end in November after the election. Yeah, not getting roped into a debate over the politics of the crisis, nor how any individual chooses to respond personally. For me, I’ve become intentional about limiting the energy I spend struggling with things outside my control. “Acceptance” is a gift to my mental, physical, and emotional health – a lesson I’ve learned the hard way.
So, while I’m refunding my concert and airline tickets, and searching endlessly for the perfect face mask (right now I’m loving a silk scarf wrapped around two hair ties), I’m also trying to discover the silver lining in this otherwise grey...