I was listening to a audio lecture by Mark Waldman, international author, speaker, and one of the pioneers in the relatively new and fascinating field of Neuroplasticity. He titled this lecture “NeuroWisdom”, and I’d like to impart some of the valuable information he offered in this blog. There’ll be lots more to come in future blogs.
Mr. Waldman tells us that we have 80 billion neurons in our brain that are constantly building axons. Each neuron is a separate entity with a consciousness of its own. He suggests ways we can change how we think and react to life which can radically alter our lives for the better. “There’s no reason to be life’s victim”, he says, but rather we can take total control and design a remarkable future so we don’t have to default to old patterns, fears, and self-sabotage.
Okay, I’ve written on this subject before, and mentioned other leaders in the field of neuro-plasticity such as Dr. Robert Anthony, Dr. Joe Vitale, John Assaraf, Dr. Amen, and Bruce Lipton. These people seem to be on the same page in their knowledge and expertise. They teach people to have much more control of their lives using specific techniques which are quite easy to do and are extremely effective based on anecdotal and scientific studies done at leading universities such as Harvard and Duke.
In this particular lecture, Mr. Waldman tells us every time we come up with a negative thought, a worry, or a doubt, or all we have to do is hear the latest news, that if a brain scan was done, you’d see axons activated in the right frontal lobe. It is proven that stress chemicals are released, which damage that part of the brain and prevent us from thinking clearly. Thus we can go into the flight or fright response. Even if these fears are imaginary, it is still damaging because the rest of the brain cannot differentiate between what is reality and what is fantasy. It deals with all thoughts as if they were sensations coming in from an environmental or emotional threat and reacts to them.
Mr. Waldman tells us a secret. You CAN’T focus on a positive and negative thought at the same time. It’s either one or the other. That being the case, if you want to create new neural pathways, de-stress, and give yourself the chance to focus and use your intuition to solve problems, you can do this technique in minutes.
Find a word that has deep value in your life. As suggestions, you might try, LOVE, STRENGTH, COURAGE, or COMPASSION. Keep repeating the word over and over while you’re doing something you consider pleasurable. That might be as simple as a walk, shopping, looking at art, taking a relaxing shower or eating your favorite comfort food. This activity activates the right frontal lobe of the brain. Any negative thoughts going on will immediately decrease. Not only that, but you become more optimistic about a particular situation that has troubled you. Your decision making ability in the left frontal lobe begins to increase and you become more intuitive. Seems like a simple thing to do for great results!
You need to be vigilant about identifying negative thoughts, and act on them immediately for best results. Doing this technique when negative thoughts pop up, will make a huge difference in your life. Our choice is to either focus on a worrisome idea, or shift and train ourselves to be deliberately optimistic and change our brain chemistry.