I’ve been out weeding the flower beds. In certain spots dandelions are threatening a take-over. They haven’t wasted any time gaining a strong foothold. It’s early in the season and they’ve established an impressive root system.
This battle for real estate in my garden, between weeds and high-value flowers, reminds me of what goes on in our minds as our thoughts and experiences change and sculpt our brains.
As Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness, points out, what we repeatedly sense and feel and what and think is slowly but surely forming neural pathways in our brain. Our experiences “don’t just grow new synapses, remarkable as that is by itself, but also somehow reach down into your genes…and change how they operate.”
The Garden of Our Mind:
Naturally then, the questions become:
What do we want growing then in the fertile soil of our brain?
How can we direct the flow of thoughts, emotions, and sensations through our minds so as to cultivate the most positive and fruitful harvest for ourselves? [Read more…]