In my previous blog, I mentioned the deep limbic system of the brain and the research done by neuro-scientist, Dr. Daniel Amen. He explains how the five parts of the brain work in a series of CD’s entitled Change Your Brain, Change Your Life. I particularly wanted to emphasize the importance of the deep limbic system regarding the area that controls emotions and how we see the world.
Following up on that information, I would like to add that when you experience a particular event that causes you anxiety or emotional pain – let’s say for example, some type of betrayal – your brain releases chemicals similar to those released at an earlier time when there was another event you perceived as a betrayal issue.
Remembering the event will therefore bring back a similar mood and feeling – even if you were six years old at the time and your friend lied to you, and now you are currently 35 and your boss passes you up for a well-deserved promotion. From the age of six or even before, you have a negative chemical imprint or negative charge stored in your brain and it has a cascade effect on the a way you view life which is often not to your advantage.
One of the ways to counteract this ‘toxic’ imprint is to make a list of 10 of your happiest memories by using all your senses to bring the experiences into your reality. Positive memories encourage positive behavior and a more optimistic way of working through perceived obstacles. They help extinguish negative thoughts and beliefs. If you have any thoughts on this or feedback, don’t hesitate to comment.