We believe after a certain age we are stuck with who we are, shaped by our childhood experiences, and while taking therapy and doing meditation may help us deal with our issues better we still will always be stuck with the mental issues we have.
Well it turns out that just as the belief that the earth was a square stopped people from navigating the world a few centuries ago, we have been limiting our ability to learn and grow by believing our bodies have been programmed in a certain way which cannot be changed……. That’s where neuroplasticity comes in…..
Neuroplasticity is the ability of our brain to form and reorganize its synaptic connections, when exposed to new experiences. Our brains are not rigid programmed systems. On the contrary it has a great capacity to compensate.
What is neuroplasticity?
You know the saying…
“If you believe in something anything is possible”
Well this saying isn’t just something that as a kid kept you motivated to believe in magical things. Belief isn’t just something you have. Belief is you training your brain into rewiring itself into accepting something.
I remember as a kid I loved the colour red until a friend told me that girls should like pink. I made myself believe from that day that my favourite colour was pink just to blend with my friends. For years I bought pink clothes, painted my room pink. Everywhere pink…. pink…. pink…. and then I slowly outgrew those friends and just like that I started hating pink. I went through a black phase for years before moving on to orange and now currently settled on dark blue.
The word brain washing makes your brain sound like this idiotic stupid thing, when in reality its just adapting to give you the best chances of survival. If you can consciously train your brain, you can overcome quite a few problems which were previously thought impossible to find a solution to.
I came across this amazing documentary about neuroplasticity, where new methods are being developed to overcome not just mental and brain related issues like learning disabilities, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Bipolar, Depression etc., but even physical issues like helping people recover fully from paralysis after a brain strokes and allowing blind people to see. The powers of these methods are in very early stages and already the results are remarkable. I feel one day this might just even be a way for overcoming diseases like cancer. Maybe our own body has the solution for a problem created internally. Please have a look at this documentary whenever you have time and you will be amazed by the power of our brain.
Next time you believe that you are the way you are because your brain has been wired that way.. Like I have done many times….. You can change it… While highs and lows will still be a part of life and there will be tons of challenges that will make you feel vulnerable, scared and stupid, you wont have to live with a label of having some issues..
Issues would just become a part of life not define who you are.