20 years ago we couldn’t have imagined how much more we would know about the inner workings of our brains. New discoveries have changed how we think about learning, change and possibility. 20 years ago few people talked about mindfulness and meditation and even fewer talked about neuroplasticity and, the amygdala. So why are these concepts and words becoming so much a part of our normal vocabulary? I think it is because they point to how we can make changes in our lives for the better.
Neuroplasticity & the choice to change:
It turns out the adult brain can change. We can change and adapt and rewire old patterns. This neuroplasticity helps to explain, for example, how practices like meditation and hypnotherapy can be helpful in changing the way the brain—and therefore the person—responds to challenges in life and to learn and adapt.
“One of the most interesting applications of this ability comes in the area of personal outlook or disposition. Science has known for a while that optimists enjoy many concrete and important advantages in life, such as increased pain tolerance and diminished sense of loneliness. What we’re coming to realize is that, far from being a permanent character trait, dispositions like being an optimist or pessimist can be cultivated on purpose. That is: you can learn to be an optimist and enjoy the same benefits as a person who is naturally that way. How? Simply by training yourself to look for things that are going right, rather than focusing on things that are going wrong. Due to brain plasticity, you can greatly improve your ability to notice the positive over time.” MichaelTaft_Neuroscience-Covered, Sounds True, 2017
How often do you hear someone say “I”m feeling stressed out”? And your response is “me too!”. The trouble is that stress is not a glib, polite conversation topic. Its not like talking about the weather. We now know that stress is a contributing factor in heart disease, diabetes, asthma, Alzheimer’s, obesity, and a whole host of other illnesses that are doing us in. So, it’s not really an option to stay stressed if you want to feel well and stay well in the long run. Again, the science is showing that “intentional attentional awareness” is a critical factor in reducing stress in the mind and body. Intentional attentional awareness is any practice that invites you to pay curious attention to your experience as it occurs or choosing how you will pay attention – what you will focus upon. Mindfulness, yoga, tai chi, meditation and hypnosis are all intentional attentional awareness activities. Self-hypnosis is an intentional attentional awareness activity which is easy to learn and can support your journey to a stress-less life.
You can use self-hypnosis for relaxation, for healing, for change work, for self-acceptance and even for skills development. You can learn the art of self-hypnosis and use it for the rest of your life.
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