ARGO and NeuroplastictyThis Week, I read the book by Laurie Cara
Research has shown that you can change your default mental patterns through repeated practice, a concept called neuroplasticity. I know weve heard of course the brain grows until the age of 25. But research now suggests,
Whatever you repeatedly say or do changes the structure and the function of the brain to change your mind. Your neural circuitry can adapt and form new connections into adulthood upending the previous belief that neural growth is static after childhood.
ARGO! The 4 components of neuroscience subject to change.
Resilience - Consciousness of emotions and openness no matter if they are pleasant or unpleasant at helps you regulate response, rather than letting the feelings whip you around
Generosity - May you be healthy, may you be3 safe, may you be well, may you be happy.
Meaning that its possible to exercise these circuits to strengthen them. That is neuroplasticity at work.
When [your mind calms], theres room to hear more subtle things thats when your intuition
shirts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly
The Case Against Multitasking
Shifting Attention causes the PFC (behind the forehead) that deals with abstract thinking and analysis and attention and striatum that plays a role in motive rewards to burn oxygenated glucose (sugar) the same fuel that these brain regions need to stay focused on a task
Insula - Train with a body scan to workout your insula - the part of the brain associated with detecting Physiological sensations for interoception.
Neuroscientist R. Davidson describes this as increasing our resilience - the rapidity at which we recover from adversity - whether it is a difficult emotion or a major life event. Describe your internal emotional states and you shift from the emotional (limbic) part of your brain to the rational, thinking center in your brain (the prefrontal cortex) Which is the center for executive functioning.
I guess that was what the previous past point about exhausting the PFC w/ mindful living?
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this mindful post from the excellent book The Mindful Day by Llaurie J Cameron.
I dont have a particular exercise to leave you with. Instead, here are the Key Takeaways I enjoyed from the book.
Take 3 Mindful breaths, sips, bits
Jerry Seinfelds Dont Break the Chain of Putting a big X when he spends time writing jokes, or breaking/ starting a habit.
Anchors, cues, Where you notice the breath during mindful breathing? On the nose, abdomen, chest. Mindful breathing can be synchronized with a repetitive exercise such as bike pedaling on a full rotation or to the rhythm of music.
Program your alarm with music you like.