Science and medicine have come a long way in the last few centuries, particularly in the last. From the development of a new world view through Einstein’s theories to sending humans to the moon to heart transplants and brain surgery, science and medicine have advanced and knocked down boundaries all along the way. Now, M-Theory even promises a theory for everything in the universe. Yet, we all carry one mystery with us that proves very difficult to solve: the brain.
Luckily for us, even with all the technical advances made, no one but ourselves knows what is going on in our brain, so we are free to think whatever we want. It’s not like anyone is taking notes or going to remember everything, or?! Well, funny you should ask, ’cause actually your own brain is recording all your thoughts. Now this might not come as a surprise to you, however the implications of this are more far reaching than science originally expected.
In the last few years the concept of neuro plasticitiy has been formulated. Neuro plasticity means that the brain can change, and rewire areas when necessary. It was first thought that this only happened up to the age of 20 and to individuals who suffer from brain injury, yet recently it was discovered that this rewiring is taking place all the time. Rather than thinking of your brain as a computer, think of it as a jungle, and the more often you use one path, the clearer and bigger it becomes. This means that our own neurology is the witness of all our thoughts, all the decisions and believes we have, by the way it is wired up. Another implication of this is that maybe, and this is just a thought, we keep having the same problems we tend to have, because we are just so good at making them?
Looking at the brains of musicians one can find a larger than average portion devoted to auditory processing and finger movements, and when looking at the brain of meditating buddhist monks, one finds that they have wired themselves up to fully experience happiness, calmness and relaxation. This means that any state is only just a question of practice. Hence, the more you practice being relaxed, the more your own neurology will make pathways to make this happen.
We all carry all the possibilities within us, yet sometimes we decide to doubt what we can do and fall back into old routines and habits. It can be less than easy to believe fully in yourself and your own potential, and this is not just holistic mumbo jumbo, but simple neurology! Remember, like a beach, your thoughts leave footprints in the sand….