Lately such aphorisms as “Fake it till you make it,” or “Act as if until it is,” have surfaced in various conversations I’ve had in different contexts. Even in articles on unrelated subjects, these references to thoughts and actions got me to wondering about the power of human brain.
The intricacies, the capabilities as yet unknown and simply the capacity of the brain to do what it does mystify most of us ordinary folk. The scientific community and the researchers in the field of neuroplasticity are unfolding some the most amazing things about this mighty matter that exists just beneath our skull.
Basically, neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. In the case of injury or disease neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.
Incredible! But even more fascinating to me is the fact that I, in my ordinary, daily life, can readjust my thoughts, discard old biases, (that weren’t working anyway) and insert a small change in activity to my regular routine and in short time, a new pathway in my brain is developed. A more aware, open, and healthy way of living is just a rewire away!
Keeping the television off in the morning before I go to work may invite a new appreciation for quiet. Hiding the saltshaker will allow me to enjoy the natural taste of food. Adding a physical activity ~ whatever it is that I enjoy brings about a healthier body ~ maybe even a longer life! Turning and looking into the eyes of the person speaking to me will undoubtedly change the pathways to better listening…better communication…better understanding. And small changes become game changers ~ especially when we have the capability to “go viral.” Twitter, Instagram, the Internet – all previously unchartered waters, now reach millions and we must adjust - learning how this rewiring of our interactions can change things in big ways.