Who Wants To Learn About The Brain?
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Some people take up golf or crocheting. My "insane" hobby for the past decade has been studying the human brain. It's only recently that all that knowledge started to do me any good. It finally clicked in my head that I have the power to change the biochemistry of my brain by changing my thoughts. Every self-help guru out there will tell you to change your thoughts to change your life. I could not find anyone that was telling me HOW to do it. So I figured it out for myself and can't wait to share a few tools with ya'll. First, let's get it clear that our minds and bodies are integrally connected. Less than 10% of illnesses are genetically generated. The others ALL stem from "lifestyle diseases." Most of those can be attributed to our patterns of long-term thinking. So today's simple lesson is to know that what's going on in your brains is influencing what's going on in our bodies. Right now our brains are balancing about 450 BILLION tasks. We're only aware of a teeny fraction of those. But...we can become more aware, we can change our thoughts to change our lives. Stick with me and we can do it together. So for today, just ask yourself, "What am I thinking about?" Most of the time we let our minds run rampant. No more! Today we'll stop and ask this question and if it's something toxic, we'll stop and say, "Nope, there's no room for you here. Out you go!" And we'll replace it with a healthy, not harmful thought. Stay tuned. More info coming.
For now, here's a photo of the result of changing my thought process. I'm on a personal challenge to work out 100 minutes for 100 days. Sunday I woke up and it was snowy and cold. First thing my mind thought was, "Stay warm and comfy in bed." I stopped. I realized what I was telling myself. Then I shifted my thinking. "What a beautiful day for a little run." After that it was easier to get up and get going. Because I'm a visual person I had my son snap a photo. My first thought was, "Geeze, that butt is HUGE." Then I stopped. Did some thought-shifting to, "You're the only person "off roading" today. Good for you." And guess what? I replaced a negative chemical release with a positive one. I felt better, not just physically, but mentally. Thanks for letting me share.