Ever Wonder Why You Do Certain Things Even When You Don't Want To? Well, Keep Reading!
Sow Seeds-Pull Weeds
“Be open minded, but not so open minded that your brains fall out.”
We've all had the thought "What was I thinking?" It seems like a mystery as to why we do some of the things we do as humans. When we experience certain emotions, we can get triggered and our subconscious mind can take over and we go on auto-pilot. The problem is, we may not really want to do what we are doing, but don't realize it, well....until it's all over. So what can we do about this? First I'll give you some insight as to how your brain works, and then we'll go into how to re-program yourself.
How Does Your Brain Work?
Here is a simple explanation. Your brain is made up of billions of neurons. The neurons are connected by a gap called a synapse. In this synapse are multiple neurotransmitters. When these neurotransmitters are balanced, our brain is healthy and we feel good, have vitality and are energetic. When they become out of balance, we get what one of my mentors Dr. Marc Hyman calls a “broken brain”. A broken brain means possible symptoms like exaggerated fear, depression, anxiety, and addiction. There are also many other less exaggerated symptoms. You may feel off kilter and out of balance. In some cases lack of motivation, sluggish, fatigued, or brain fog. You can actually feel physically sick and have body symptoms like pain, muscle spasms, sick at your stomach, cravings, or loss of appetite.
You experience much of your life in the gap. All of your mind, body and spiritual experiences rely on the proper functioning of the brain and the neurotransmitters. Our brain is plastic, meaning it is adaptable to change; it is not fixed at birth. There is no limit to what your brain can become. Until recently, it was thought that we had a fixed number of brain cells at birth. Modern research has proven that you can generate brain cell growth and increase your brain activity and ability. This involves being balanced and healthy in all parts of your life. I’m not talking about achieving perfection; after all we are human. What I’m talking about is learning about yourself and how you react to things in your environment. This includes everything in your environment from the food you put into your body, the relationships in your life, the stimulus in your environment, the chemicals you expose yourself to, your physical activity, your community, and your spiritual life. Once you know yourself and how you react, you can change what doesn’t work to what works and respond in healthy ways. Plant seeds, put in your life what is healthy and works. Pull weeds, remove from your life the things that are unhealthy and don’t work. Using this system, you will build on your foundational garden you started in the first section with your purpose. Start with healthy soil (purpose), and add healthy seeds, then pull weeds. Weeds will pop up periodically, just pull them. Plant new seeds regularly.
The “Broken Brain”
Everything you do in your daily life affects your brain. With enough stressors (weeds) you will become off balance. The two major areas I see the affects of weeds are psychological and neurological problems. There are many levels of these problems, from a mild disruption to a major issue. If we ignore them too long, it makes it difficult to turn back. Here are a few statistics from our culture today.
These statistics are from Dr. Mark Hyman's book The Ultra Mind Solution.
-26% of all adults have psychological problems.
-More that 20% of children have some type of psychological issue.
-More than 40 million people have anxiety problems.
-More than 20 million people have depression.
-One in ten Americans takes antidepressants.
-The use of antidepressants has tripled in the last decade.
-Depression and anxiety are among the top five most costly medical conditions.
Weeds (This list is not all inclusive)
-Chemicals in our environment
-Taking unnecessary drugs
-Unexpected life traumas
-Lack of sleep
-Isolation of self
-Lack of exercise and movement
-Lack of self nurturing
-Sports that are known to have head trauma
-Ignoring obvious health issues
We program our subconscious mind by what we feed our minds on a daily basis. Some of our subconscious actions were programed in our brain while we were growing up. The key to reprogramming your brain is to choose your actions and what you feed your brain. I'll tell you how in part two.