I’ve been studying a lot about neuroplasticity lately. Its brain science that shows our brain changes with every thought we think. In other words our thoughts change the literal structure of our brain. The science itself is complicated but the concept is not.
We’ve long known that our moods and attitudes are affected by the thoughts we think. So if we want to lift our mood all we have to do is think positive thoughts. At least that’s what “they” say. Easier said then done. The real truth is that whatever the majority of our programs are, positive or negative, that’s how our thoughts are.
Follow me for a moment. Your brain is like a computer. Whatever information you put into it, it returns back to you. If you’re a more negative person, examine what you put in your mind. If you read trashy novels, watch a lot of TV, gossip a lot and hang out with negative people, chances are that’s the reason. On the flip side, if you’re more positive you probably read good books, laugh a lot, like to have fun and hang out with positive people, pray and go to church more than the average person.
Programs make up everything that comes through your senses and a lot of it can be controlled through the choices we make. The more negative programs you allow in, the more negative your thought patterns will be. The more positive, the more positive your thought patterns will.
Check this out by looking at your childhood. The environment that you grew up in is probably pretty close to the environment you live in now. Coincidence? No. You’re just modeling what you know. If you were lucky to be raised in a positive environment, that’s probably similar to the environment you live in now. Knowing this, you can change what goes in and it will change your brain and move you in the direction you’d like to go.
Stay tuned for more on this in the coming weeks. And remember what Earl Nightingale said many decades ago about this: “You become what you think about most.”