“Our brains renew themselves throughout life
to an extent previously thought not possible.”
― Michael S. Gazzaniga-one of the premiere doctors of neuroscience
In previous blogs we’ve discussed changing the way we live, how we live, and what we live in. But have we become so complacent that we can’t break out of that mold? Can old dogs really be taught new tricks? Absolutely.
Have you ever heard of Brain Plasticity? At first glance, it reads like a plastic brain, but fair from it! It means the brain’s ability to change, and continue to do so throughout your life! Neuroplasticity refers to the potential that the brain has to reorganize by creating new neural pathways to adapt, as it needs. Think of the neurological changes being made in the brain as the brain’s way of tuning itself to meet your needs. http://www.whatisneuroplasticity.com/
You have much more control over your body, mind, and brain than you might think. If you can mold and shape your brain, you are not entirely at the mercy of your genetics or the neural pathways you brought into this world or formed as a child—and this is great news! Your brain’s plasticity is also controlled by your diet and lifestyle choices, including exercise. Despite what the media tells you, your brain is not “programmed” to shrink and fail as you age. The foods you eat, exercise, emotional states, sleep patterns, and your level of stress—all of these factors influence your brain from one moment to the next.
What ways can you keep your mind fluid, flexible, and sharp?
Start with positive thinking. A trashy mindset creates a garbage brain. Take the best of life and compost the rest!
Keep learning, start thinking more and keep active. Go out and garden. Take the dog for a walk. Dance, play tennis… what ever…Do things that make you happy. A happy mind is a healthy mind. And try meditation. https://www.headspace.com/science
Meditation by definition is to think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation. There are all many different ways to think deeply so do not be put off if you are not comfortable with sitting in the lotus position chanting. There are all kinds of ways to meditate and it is well worth your time if you wish to break un-fulfilling habits, be more efficient, calm and present. Mindful meditation also helps you tolerate discomfort and stressful situations, to be in control of you actions and behavior in thoughtful, deliberate ways.. I partake twice a day on my nature walks. Turn off the cell phone and take in the senses of my existence as I focus on my breath and the beauty. My hyper personality prefers a more active mindful meditation. I also do a Shy Walk stretching meditation which I will share with you in video soon.
Here is a link to my favorite night time meditation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8LjxXSxBeA
And just remember—breath.
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