The secret to improving your brain is to understand the uniqueness of it!
Deepak Chopra is a mind-body expert who has dominated the literary landscape with his wonderfully positive and helpful tomes on how to better your mind and body using non-scientific techniques!
He has a new book all about your brain, that he wrote with Rudolph Tanzi of Harvard Medical School, so he’s done his homework. Here’s what he has to say:
The brain is the only organ that changes instantly according to how the mind relates to it. You can relate to your brain in positive or negative ways, and depending on which one you choose, your brain cells, neural pathways and areas of high and low activity will be altered.
In short, thinking your brain into better functioning is the most efficient way to improve it.
In other words, he wants you to relate to your brain by inspiring it, because ignoring it could be detrimental! We totally agree that a lot of people need to focus on this kind of stuff, instead of spending countless hours on social media platforms and dealing with stress in incorrect ways!
Here are the things Deepak says you should do:
How to inspire your brain
Take care of stress. Avoid dulling routine. Do something creative every day. Read poetry, spiritual material or anything else that makes you feel uplifted. Take time to be in nature. Bond with another person who is heartwarming. Pay attention to being happy. Make sure you take time every day by yourself to relax, meditate and self-reflect. Deal with negative emotions like anger and anxiety. Focus on activity that makes you feel fulfilled. Give of yourself. Follow a personal vision. Attach yourself to a cause that is bigger than you are. Take the risk to love and be loved.
How to ignore your brain
Get set in your ways. Don’t look beyond your opinions, likes and dislikes. Isolate yourself from others. Take relationships for granted. Reconcile yourself to going downhill as you age. Look upon the past as the best time of your life. Forget about having ideals. Act on selfish impulses. Don’t examine what makes you tick. Give in to anger and anxiety. Let life take care of itself. Go along to get along. Assume that you are automatically right. Avoid anything new or challenging. Put up with stress. Take no emotional risks. Distract yourself with mindless diversions like watching sports for hours on end.
You don’t want to get caught in that second option.
The first step is to realize you have a relationship with your brain. The next step is to nurture it.
It’s worth it!
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