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…
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.
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.
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 second thing to know about neuroplasticity is that the most powerful way to change your brain is not actually medication, it’s actually behavior, because that is what it was designed to change in relation to. And not just any behavior but specifically mental behavior or mental habit.
One of the things she points out is that we create our neural networks. A heavily self-critical neural network which then gets reinforced through habit leads to depression (as well as other not so nice habits). This is important to understand.
“Mystical Brain” reveals the exploratory work of a team from the University of Montreal who seek to understand the states of grace experienced by mystics and those who meditate. Filmmaker Isabelle Raynauld offers up scientific research, which proposes that mystical ecstasy is a transformative experience and could to contribute to people’s psychic and physical health, treat depression and speed up the healing process when combined with conventional medicine.
I’ve posted articles about Dr. Norman Doidge’s work several times. Here is a video with him talking about how even a damaged brain can grow, heal and repair itself. Below is a quotation from the youtube channel: The Brain That Changes Itself: In this Melbourne Conversations event, Dr Norman Doidge, author of bestselling book The… Continue Reading →
I’ve posted about Dr. Norman Doidge before. His work is worth looking at again. The Brain: Changing the adult mind through the power of plasticity – thestar.com The thinking about the adult brain at the time echoed the physical state of this inanimate, three-pound organ from a cadaver. It was thought to be static, fixed… Continue Reading →
Psychiatric drugs carry serious physical health risks — The Vancouver Sun — The real cost of psychiatric drugs is finally starting to be known, though this isn’t a US newspaper. Remember to read Robert Whitaker’s book for documentation on these issues. “People diagnosed with depression lose 25 years or more of life expectancy, Taylor said. —… Continue Reading →
For more by Steven Morgan see here. Rethinking the Potential of the Brain in Major Psychiatric Disorders By Steven Morgan firstname.lastname@example.org I. Questionable Theories The human brain is likely the most complex structure in the Universe. Even though it produces our understanding of the world, we are still in our infancy of understanding it. Even… Continue Reading →