Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change and form new connections, or pathways, in response to external stimuli. Neurogenesis is a term that describes the generation of neurons, or brain cells. These two terms are extremely important when it comes to metaphysical health practices and physical brain function. Scientists once believed neurogenesis ceased to occur later in adult life. Now, there is scientific data that shows it is, in fact, possible to generate new neurons as we get older. We have the ability to grow new brain cells, essentially our entire lives, and the brain can rewire itself in response to our external environment (as well as our own thoughts).
This is so powerful to know and understand. Limiting beliefs affect each and every one of us when it comes to improving our situations, whether it be health, finances, career, athletics, or family life. Often times we think we aren’t smart enough or can’t learn a required skill necessary to change our lives. This is absolutely false. Science has shown that we can literally change the way our brains operate and improve brain function through physical and metaphysical activities. We can become smarter, learn new skills, improve memory function and attract whatever it is we desire into our lives, at any age.
Meditation, diet, sleep and physical exercise play an important role in brain function. Specifically, aerobic activity is the best course of action to take for neurogenesis. Check THIS article out:
[Studies in animal models have shown that new neurons are produced in the brain throughout the lifespan, and, so far, only one activity is known to trigger the birth of those new neurons: vigorous aerobic exercise, said Karen Postal, president of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology. “That’s it,” she said. “That’s the only trigger that we know about.” The other fascinating thing here is where these new cells pop up: in the hippocampus, a region of the brain associated with learning and memory.]
Going for a long run, a bike ride, a vigorous hike, or rowing are a few examples that not only help to burn fat but also help to improve the brain’s capability to form new memories and learn new things. There are also studies that show other activities, in addition to aerobic activity, have a profound impact on the brain.
Meditating, as described in the article below from High Existence, has been shown to increase grey matter in the brain, specifically in the hippocampus region as well. Avoiding refined/processed sugar and consuming Omega 3 fatty acids helps brain function. Sleep is also crucial in the brain’s ability to essentially detox and form new memories.
Our thoughts and feelings or emotions are the key drivers in the way our brain rewires itself. Two important factors in neuroplasticity are learning and experience. The learning is the “thought” component and the experience is the “feeling”. New thoughts combined with powerful feelings that utilize all of the senses (sight, smell, sound, taste, touch) powerfully encode new information and form new neural connections within the brain. When seeking to rewire our brains, it is crucially important to focus our attention and awareness on our learning during new experiences. This can be accomplished or improved, again, through meditation (as well as mindfulness practices). It is also crucial to incorporate repetition – it takes time to rewire the brain so the more learning and experience taking place, the better the results will be.
We have the ability to grow new brain cells, to constantly learn new skills and essentially become smarter as we get older. We have the power to rewire our brains through positive thinking, learning, experience, and consistent metaphysical practices (prayer, meditation, mindfulness, expressions of appreciation, visualizations, etc) which improve our health and attract into our lives the things we set our minds to. Science has shown that neurogenesis and neuroplasticity are very real and can occur later in life, so it is up to us to take advantage of these phenomenon and create the brains we desire!
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