May 17, 2012 by Dina Wilcox
There is so much to know about that “space between your ears”…
People used to think that the brain you were born with was the same exact brain you would spend your whole life with. That it would never change.
Now we know that’s not true. Our brains are changing all the time. Scientists say they have plasticity, that they’re malleable, hardly anything if not changeable.
Memories change them, and thoughts change them–especially the thoughts you have about your feelings, and your other responses–that is, the ways you respond to everything you perceive and experience throughout your life. Your brain changes by growing new neurons–nerves–to support your new thoughts, new habits, and all the changes you make when you’re just living your life. They also do a little housekeeping, sweep away old memories that you don’t use anymore. To create space for the new memories you’re making all the time.
Your brain does most of this work automatically, without your having to think about it. So you can be free to change yourself as much as you want to.
Tomorrow: It’s all about survival. All of it.
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May 10, 2012 by Dina Wilcox
Fear is only one way you respond to life. You also feel joy, anger, love, embarrassment. You’re having all sorts of feelings, all the time.
You can’t help yourself. You’re only human.
So what? So you need to know a few things about your feelings. They all have a purpose, in your biology. They’re like messengers, telling you about yourself, what matters to you. They help you decide who you want to be in your own life.
Here’s more: You know you’re having a feeling because you’re thinking about it–that’s automatic. And when you think about your feelings, you get to decide how you will act on them. You can decline fear’s invitation to run your life, and you can decide whether you want to love, how to deal with your anger, and what to say or do about your embarrassment.
Why Do I Feel This Way? is a new book, all about your relationship with your feelings. Knowing changes everything, and now you can know what your feelings are trying to tell you.
Interested? Check back tomorrow!
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May 3, 2012 by Dina Wilcox
You Can Think Your Fear to Death!
It’s only human to think you’re afraid of some things–we humans do it all the time. We think we’re not good enough, or smart enough, or successful enough to have what we want, and we’re afraid of feeling that way.
That’s only natural–and it’s only the beginning of a conversation. If you can think yourself into fear, you can think yourself right out of it, too. Your brain will actually change to accommodate your intention. Find out how in chapter 4 of WHY DO I FEEL THIS WAY? What Your Feelings Are Trying To Tell You.
And keep this in mind: To your brain, you are the most powerful person there is: You’re the creator of your thoughts!
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