It Only Takes 20 Seconds…

…….to engaStop_Watch3.jpgge a neuron with a thought or feeling and to begin to build or continue to strengthen a neuropathway. Every thought you think and every feeling you feel “designs” the nature of your brain and the neuropathways that affect every mood, decision, and move. Every conversation you have and the music you listen to, the movies you attend, and the anger or resentment you won’t let go of, affect the activation of neurons.

While this sounds like an exaggeration, it is exactly this approach that is being used to treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Patients are taught to do something that will both change their thinking and their feeling. In place of exercising the old neuropathways of their OCD behavior, clients are taught to do something totally different that caGardening.gifuses them to refocus on some else, like gardening.

Your focus will create in your brain the object of your focus. Try to change the focus of your “feeling” experience. Your feelings will change your thoughts. It is also true that strong focused thoughts will change feelings, but you can’t Vortex11.jpgignore feelings and their power. Decide on a feeling that you want to feel this week- love, peace, gratitude, joy or hope, and then for a week, go to that feeling and feel it over and over again. Let every negative feeling be a cue to go to the positive.

Many people are obsessive about what they feel. They don’t feel positive feelings because they’ve been too obsessed with negative ones. Tend to your emotional garden and grow some stronger, more stable positive feelings.

 

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Dr. William K. Larkin

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