Researches in neuroscience depict a fascinating tale of how our experiences and environments create our reality and alter our biology. The stories we play in our minds create neurological loops that keep us seeing reality through the lens of the past. Our emotional connection and perception of an experience creates a concoction of neurochemicals that flood our cells with information about how to respond to a situation physiologically.
When we shift our emotional relationship and narrative of the story, we change which chemical messengers are delivered to our cells and thus engage in a biological structure because we are actively choosing to be in the present moment, rather than lost in an old way of seeing the world.
Once our mind begins to pay attention, our brain can build new neural pathways to reinforce what we learn. The brain’s ability to change & adapt is what is known as Neuroplasticity, which helps create new patterns in the brain. Applying awareness in any form, through resolve, discipline, good intentions, and mindfulness has the power to fashion the desired future. Breaking the process into manageable steps will create a lifestyle that supports health, happiness, and genuine fulfillment. It amounts to taking care of own well-being marvelously; altering the biology of beliefs and rewriting the chemistry of perception.
With repetition new connections take place in the brain as neuron cells change, with the aid of Thought Replacement Therapy. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the most common technique of tracking dysfunctional thoughts on a thought record form, and devising healthier, more psychologically flexible patterns of thinking. Graded exposure is a therapy that helps people systematically approach what they fear. CBT builds a set of skills that enables an individual to be aware of beliefs and attitudes; identify how situations, thoughts and behaviours influence emotions and improve feelings by targetting core beliefs & automatic thoughts. One can learn coping skills to help find new ways to behave by changing their thought patterns.
Abhyasat Ramte Yatra Dukhantam Cha Nigachhati (BG 18.36)
That which increases day by day delivers one from misery.
Jnana yoga helps refine the thoughts, Bhakti yoga develops the right feelings, and Karma yoga helps alter the behaviour.
Thus may we reformat ourselves, reprogram ourselves.