Our brains aren’t “set” in childhood by trauma with no hope of change. Brain cells that are damaged don’t have to be permanently damaged. People with learning disabilities can do more than learn to “cope with it.” Recovery–even from strokes and brain accidents–is possible. And many studies have shown that a whopping 75-98% of our physical illnesses (which are real and life-threatening) can be traced back to our thought life. [It doesn't mean bad thoughts created your illness. But toxic thoughts may have caused you to eat to numb emotional pain, which can cause obesity-related disease, etc. It's not a simple "mind over matter" thing.]
Change Your Mind and Change Your Brain
This neuroplasticity–the brain’s plastic ability to change–has become an accepted truth in the past few years. But I wonder how many people even know about it? How many simply accept the sad state of affairs in their lives and their health? How many writers struggle with problems that could be eliminated, once and for all?
While this applies to every area of your life, I’ve been exploring brain plasticity with my writer’s brain in mind. I want to pass along some links to videos [see below] by the author of Switch on Your Brain so you can see for yourself. The author, Caroline Leaf, is a brain scientist and also a counselor who has worked with victims of brain injuries, children with learning disabilities, people who have had strokes, etc. She is also a Christian, and she shows how the scientific research supports biblical instructions on how to renew the mind. [And I am willing to try her method because it is so much like the method used when I was treated for PTSD twenty years ago--which was extremely helpful. I'm only on Day 5 though, but I plan to go the whole 21 days.]
Whether you are a Christian or not, her material is fascinating and can change the way you think. Her book teaches a 21-Day Detox method to help clear out the toxic thinking that is damaging you, then help you replace those thoughts with truth that can heal and help your brain function in the creative way it was intended. [NOTE: Don't bother starting if you won't do the whole 21 days. Dr. Leaf is quite open about the fact that it won't work--or work for long--if you quit early. Her video clips below explain why.]
“SWITCH ON YOUR BRAIN” TV Series
- 1st episode: “Thoughts are real”
- 2nd episode: “Wired for love”
- 3rd episode: “Bad Choices Lead to Toxic Thinking”
This might be a good place to also announce that I will be doing another Highlights workshop (with Paula Morrow) called “Sharing Our Hope: Writing for the Christian and Inspirational Markets” on March 27-30. See photos of last year’s Highlights workshop here. If this interests you, inquire about their scholarships when you apply.