Saturday, September 3, 2011

CHANGING YOUR MIND - FOR THE BETTER

Do you ever feel out of control or helplessly on the wrong track in your life?  Or are you troubled by recurring thoughts or feelings you wish you could escape? I've recently learned some ideas on how to change this.

It turns out that our minds are way more flexible than previously thought. We don't have to be stuck or just live with ourselves in some form we're unhappy with. And it's not just a matter of will power or escape, there are exercises that can remake our brains more the way we'd like them. Whether our troubled thought patterns are related to our pasts, long-term conditioning, even brain damage or chemical imbalances, improvement is possible through understanding how our minds work. Once we have a picture of that, we can learn to use the better parts of our brains to heal or rewire the damaged parts.

This summer my son gave me an excellent book about this subject by Dan Siegel, M.D. called Mindsight. I've recommended it to everyone since. Siegel does a great job of explaining our brains to us and then takes us through case studies where he's taught patients about their own brain disfunctions and how to remedy them.

Then while painting yesterday, I listened to a rebroadcast of an NPR interview between Krista Tippett and neuroscientist Richard Davidson Ph.D. also about rewiring the mind. Fascinating!

If you've ever thought that you're your own worst enemy or if you're in any way feeling bad about yourself, take some time with one of these resources and you may start on a more hopeful path. Here's the link to the radio program: Being: Investigating Healthy Minds with Richard Davidson

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