The Emerging Mind: (neuroplasticity and much more)

The Emerging Mind: How relationships and the embodied brain shape who we are -- We can change how our brain functions. We can change the very structure of the brain. Yup, more on neuroplasticity. This man believes in the very real potential of healing change in our lives and helps inform us about how to do just that.

The Compassionate Brain (FREE online course!)

Thought I'd share this opportunity with you all. Rick Hanson teaching are wonderfully simple and profound both. This should be a really great course and it's FREE. Several of the people joining him for the course are people whose work has inspired me. Some of them I've mentioned on Beyond Meds.

The Brain Benefits From Persistent Sensory Experience: there is always hope for healing and recovery

This is why healing our brains, bodies, minds and lives is always possible: Scientists have believed for decades that most of the wiring of the brain is established by the time a person has reached adolescence. Now, a new study published in Neuron reveals that even in adulthood, changes in sensory experiences can cause massive rewiring of the brain.

More info on neuroplasticity — a reader favorite topic on this blog

Essentially every good habit you have will help rewire your brain for health! Practices like physical exercise, certain forms of psychological counseling and meditation can all change brains for the better...

Neuroscience of change, another take on neuroplasticity: self-compassion and awareness to start

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.

How meditation can reshape our brains (and revisiting neuroplasticity)

brain scans show meditation can actually change the size of key regions of our brain, improving our memory and making us more empathetic, compassionate, and resilient under stress.

Contemplative neuroscience — more on neuroplasticity

We can heal through meditation and by using our brains in the right ways. An ongoing sub-theme of this blog. A wonderful message of the nature of our beings -- being that we are healing machines. Richard Davidson's radical claim is that these behavioral strategies are far more effective then medications for both mental and... Continue Reading →

The brain that changes (grows, heals and repairs)

The discovery of neuroplasticity, that our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains, even into old age, is the most important breakthrough in our understanding of the brain in four hundred years. Dr. Norman Doidge introduces principles we can all use to overcome brain limitations and explores the profound brain implications of the changing brain in an immensely moving book that will permanently alter the way we look at human possibility and human nature.

Yoga: Changing The Brain’s Stressful Habits

Yoga can supposedly improve depressive symptoms and immune function, as well as decrease chronic pain, reduce stress, and lower blood pressure. These claims have all been made by yogis over the years, and it sounds like a lot of new age foolishness. Surprisingly, however, everything in that list is supported by scientific research.

How to Take in the Good – (updated)

Rick Hanson explains how we can boost our positive emotions and positive experiences.

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