We Can Change the Physical Structure of Our Brains

In my last post, I mentioned that I would continue on with the topic of how to rewire our brains to change the limited thinking ingrained in us since childhood. Here is the result of my research.

The 1/21/11 issue of the Harvard Gazette made reference to a study done at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2010. The article stated that “Meditation group participants reported spending an average of 27 minutes each day practicing mindfulness exercises, and their responses to a mindfulness questionnaire indicated significant improvements compared with pre-participation responses. The analysis of MR images, which focused on areas where meditation-associated differences were seen in earlier studies, found increased gray-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection.

Participant-reported reductions in stress also were correlated with decreased gray-matter density in the amygdala, which is known to play an important role in anxiety and stress. None of these changes were seen in the control group, indicating that they had not resulted merely from the passage of time.”

A 2/21/11 article in the Huffpost Healthy Living by Deepak Chopra also noted that “Brain scans of Buddhist monks had already shown dramatic alteration of gamma waves in the prefrontal cortex, a region associated with higher cognitive responses as well as moral feelings like compassion.”

 

There are no coincidences. At around the time that I came to believe in the principle of manifestation beyond any doubt, a book called Rewire Your Brain for Love,( Hay House, 2012)  by Dr. Marsha Lucas, caught my attention and I purchased it.

 

Dr. Lucas has some surprising things to say. Once you read the book, you will want to begin her rewiring exercises immediately. You will not be able to stand the idea that your thoughts are largely controlled by your upbringing and the institutions that you were raised in.

 

She states, in the introduction to the book that, “We can, in fact, not only cause our brains to change and to grow new connections and pathways, we can produce new neurons throughout our entire lives. It’s called neuroplasticity and it is the most radical finding in neuroscience since, well, the discovery  that the brain wasn’t just a cooling device for the body… you can grow new connections so that your brain wiring can be redirected and/or overridden.

 

She also states, “Since I began using mindfulness meditation with my patients, I have been privileged to witness some of the most amazing improvements. By using simple mindfulness meditation, you can rewire your brain’s relationship pathways — and change  your life”.

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