I often think in brief statements and feel less and less inclined to go on and on about much in full-length articles. I still enjoy the full-length articles when they emerge, they just are not emerging as often. And so I offer the below. Nuggets of fun stuff to think about. …
Call it anything you like. This information is straight from life-force. It will heal your brain if you listen with receptivity. If you’re not used to using a Christian framework…breath while you listen and feel the energy of the words. This woman is tapped in. Listen.
I now have the distinct sense that healing for me is also transforming me into more than I ever was. This is certainly not simple “recovery.” We can individuate like what Jung talks about and fully come into the full potential of our humanity. It’s a rather astonishing and all to often not discovered process. It is something virtually never discussed in mainstream psychiatry or psychology. It involves the body and the mind and the spirit. It is a profoundly holistic journey in which everything we do matters. For those of you who love visuals, below is a nice infographic on neuroplasticity. … [click on title to read and view more]
Neuroplasticity: enormous implications for anyone who has been labeled with a psychiatric illness — That’s us, the readers of this blog…going against paradigm and healing ourselves with openness and conscientiousness. These are qualities that can be contagious. Right now we operate in a society telling us we don’t know what we’re doing…or that what we are doing is “woo.” Just think what happens when people start understanding what is possible. Others will start to open up and see the possibilities too. This is why education and sharing our journeys are both critically important. None of what we do is unscientific by the way, it’s just that science doesn’t know how to measure what we’re doing…
Rick Hanson makes it easy to understand how neuroplasticity works and how we can use simple exercises to help heal our brains, minds, bodies and lives.
Make clear the neuroscience of stress
Offer practical and proven methods for feeling less irritable, sad, and defensive
Present simple daily exercises to reprogram the brain to handle stress better
Explain how cultivating love and compassion for self and others combats anxiety
Share simple, brain-savvy ways to build resilience and inner strength
We can change how our brain functions. We can change the very structure of the brain. There are enormous implications here for anyone who has ever been labeled with a DSM psychiatric diagnosis. We can change and heal our minds and brains and we need not do it in detrimental fashion with neurotoxic medications.
Self-compassion and awareness are the qualities we need to start to heal our mind and body. Bringing mindfulness to a problem is the beginning of change. Paying attention to a process is changing the process! Even before any behavior changes. … [click on title to read the rest]
Our prefrontal cortex regulates attention and thoughts with vast amounts of neural connections and a system of arousal and neurotransmitters. If we take no action, our default system can favor excessive stress response and disease. Science proved that focused attention and a perceived sense of control manipulates these connections and overrides stress and disease. Each time you feel “why me?” ask yourself instead, “what did I contribute to this?”. Then take responsibility by recognizing it, and then by creating a new story. This exercises the prefrontal cortex and sculpts neural connections with the right balance of norepinephrine and dopamine. YOU are in control of YOUR stories.… [click on title to read the rest]