"A well-developed brain is meant for functioning well in life,
it is not meant to define who we are in life."
Neuro-Nurturing For You!
Since it is not only children that have a unique and undefinable essence, it is just as important that you provide Neuro-Nurturing for yourself! The world needs you to be fully you without your brain getting in the way!
You may have had experiences that led your brain developing in a way that does not always easily allow for your heart to fully shine. This is actually true for most of us!
As children, we had numerous experiences that provided either direct or indirect messages from family members, teachers, peers, etc. We heard or felt the messages, interpreted them based on our current perspective or previous experiences and chose to believe them or disbelieve them. These combined messages became how we define ourselves. We then stored these beliefs in our memory and our brain created a perception of ourselves. It really is all just perception. This perception can affect many aspects of life and may hold us back from being all that we really are.
New pathways can be created at any age.
The fantastic realization is, the brain is always changing and is continuously making new connections.
The ability to adapt and change is called, plasticity or neuro-plasticity. The early years in life are when the brain has the most plasticity and is the reason the emphasis of Neuro-Nurturing is placed on babies and children. But, isn’t it wonderful to know that you always have the chance to change your brain for the better?
During presentations and workshops, I share this critical understanding with the use of this photo and simple explanation.
The brain creates pathways as a result of repeated experiences or repeated thoughts. Through repetition, pathways become stronger and more deeply established. However, new pathways can be created by going in a "new direction" such as creating new repeated experiences, habits or thoughts.
Each month this page will share an article, research, interview, blog or resource. The information shared will focus on ways in which you can provide valuable Neuro-Nurturing for yourself.
This month the, Neuro-Nurturing For You, is an article from
By Athena Staik, Ph. D.
"The last two decades have produced more research on the brain and brain technologies than all past years put together.
Much of this new information dramatically changes how we view the brain, revealing mental and emotional capacities that, once we discover how to use them, can be lifelong assets with which we may create positive change to our brains … and do so consciously … in the direction of our highest aspirations.
That’s good news.
In addition to your brain being responsive to change throughout life, it means you can also consciously alter its structure by the particular focus of your attention.
Let’s explore how this may be significant to you and your relationships."
To receive the share each month, sign up for the Neuro-Nurturing E-mail!