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3 Myths to Dispel About the Brain

What if we could improve our memory, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and keep our brains young with just a few simple mindfulness techniques?

Deepak Chopra recently appeared on the Dr. Oz show discussing memory and the brain. With the recent release of his new book, Super Brain, co-authored by Harvard neuroscientist Rudy Tanzi, there has been a lot in the air about the connection between the mind, aging and brain health. Deepak and Rudy discuss some key themes from the book, including memory, love, and sleep, on The Chopra Well series, SUPER BRAIN.

As it turns out, we have more of a say in the strength and resilience of our brains than we may have thought. Here are three myths to dispel before we can harness the power of our “super brains.” If we can wrap our minds around these, then we are off to a great start.

Myth #1: Over the course of our lives, our brains continuously lose cells that will never be replaced.

Truth: We do lose brain cells as a natural course of wear and tear (about one per second), but these cells are replaced and can even increase in a process called “neurogenesis.” Several thousand new nerve cells come into being every day in the hippocampus, home of short-term memory. We can promote the birth of these new cells by choosing to learn new things, take risks, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes avoiding emotional stress and trauma, which have been shown to inhibit neurogenesis.

Myth #2: The brain is hardwired and cannot be changed.

Truth: Our brains are actually incredibly flexible, if we can just learn to nurture and foster their development. The term for this “re-wiring” is neuroplasticity and is dependent on our own will to try new things, tackle new goals and experience change. The brain’s circuitry can be reshaped by our thoughts, desires, and experiences. This property has been vividly illustrated by dramatic recoveries after injuries, but it also comes to bear every time you take a new route to work or learn a new skill.

Myth #3: Memory loss with age is irreversible.

Truth: It is possible to prevent and even reverse memory loss! Ever misplaced your keys and blamed it on old age? The fact is, you have to learn something in the first place before you can forget it. So it may be that you just never learned where you placed your keys. Practice mindfulness as the first step toward building a resilient memory. Also, memories associated with feelings are much stronger than memories based in simple, hard fact. We must take an interest in everything going on around us, stay alert, and resist feeling hopeless or apathetic about the aging process. Our brains are capable of miracles, regardless of age.

By The Chopra Well

Find Abundance in Problems

 Find Abundance in Problems

Modern society is oriented toward solving problems. There is no lack of  go-getters who dedicate themselves to finding new ways to do things, and no  shortage of belief that progress can’t be stopped. Much of this confidence,  however, is a distraction. By focusing on the next technology, the next  engineering marvel, the next medical breakthrough, we lose sight of deeper  problems that offer no solution.

Buddha pointed to the problem of suffering, Jesus to the problem of sin and  the lack of love, Gandhi to the absence of peace in a world of violence. What  new technology will prevent me from attacking my enemy? What medical  breakthrough will enable me to love my neighbor as myself?

You can look around and see how futile external solutions have proven. Crime,  famine, war, epidemics, and poverty continue to baffle us, and yet society  throws money at these problems over and over, as if a failed approach will  succeed if only we persist. On the spiritual path you discover that all problems  are rooted in consciousness, therefore the solution is always a shift in  consciousness.

If you were to be happy from the soul level, totally in accord with God, what  would that be like? In a word, it would be effortless. To be happy from the soul  level, three things are required:

1. You act without effort.

2. You feel joy in what you do.

3. Your  actions bring results.

All three requirements must work together if you want to experience the  happiness God intended. It is already on display in the natural kingdom, where  every creature acts spontaneously, and yet every action supports the entire  ecological system. Human beings, however, primarily reside in a mental  landscape. Our vision of ourselves rules what we do; the physical environment  comes second (if at all), and it is expected to adapt to our demands.

In Nature, every challenge is met with a response. As dinosaurs die out,  mammals thrive. As ferns give way to flowering plants, insects learn to feed on  pollen. Creation and destruction move together, constantly in touch with each  other. The same seamless interaction is also possible in a mental ecological  system.

In higher states of consciousness, no gap appears between desire and  fulfillment. Few of us experience this spontaneous state, however. The  conventional condition of separation is all about gaps and discontinuity.  Desires seem to lead to failure. The best-laid plans seem to go astray, and our  experience of separation seems to grow.

You might think it would take heroic efforts to solve the problems that face  us. Spiritually speaking, the reverse is true. The soul’s vision isn’t about  struggle and lack of results. It isn’t about failure. You only need to measure  your actions against the three simple conditions I mentioned above.

1. Am I acting easily, without struggle?

2. Do I enjoy what I’m doing?

3. Are results coming of their own accord?

Answering “yes” means that spiritually you are going in the right direction;  answering “no” means that you aren’t.

Adapted from Why is God Laughing? by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books,  2008).

Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest leaders in the field of mind body  medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the  meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12  best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A  global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra’s books have been  published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in  print.

 

Change Your Sense of Time

Change Your Sense of Time

 

The best use of time is to reconnect to your being. The misuse of time comes  down to the opposite: Moving away from your being. There is always enough time  to evolve because you and the universe are unfolding together.

  • If timelessness is part of your being, the wish will come true spontaneously  without delay. You have the power to play with time as you would any other part  of your world.
  • If timelessness has a tentative relationship to your being, some wishes will  come true spontaneously, and others won’t. There will be delays and an uneasy  sense that you might not get what you want. Your ability to play with time is  shaky by developing.
  • If timelessness has no relationship to your being, it will take work and  determination to get what you want. You have no power over time. Instead of  playing with it, you are subject to its inexorable march.

From these three broad categories one can project three different belief  systems. Consider which one best applies to you:

1. I am pressed for time. There aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish  everything I want.

2. I consider myself pretty lucky. I’ve gotten to do a lot of the things I’ve  always wanted to do.

3. I believe that the universe brings you whatever you need. If I don’t get  what I want, I realize that something inside me is blocking it. I spend my time  working on my inner awareness far more than struggling with outside forces.

Once you gain even a hint that wishes can come true without so much struggle,  you can resolve to move to a new stage of growth. You can resolve today to  change your relationship to time:

  • I will let time unfold for me.
  • I will keep in mind that there’s always enough time.
  • I will follow my own rhythm.
  • I will not misuse time by procrastination and delay.
  • I will not fear what time brings in the future.
  • I will not regret what time brought in the past.
  • I will stop racing against the clock.

Try to adopt just one of these resolves today and see how it changes your  reality.  Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books,  2004).

By Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. , continues to transform our understanding of the  meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12  best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A  global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra’s books have been  published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in  print.

 

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