Rewire Your Brain
We will briefly review the two most important techniques from Neuroscience to rewire our brains for enjoyment and success, as well as providing abundant examples and practices, so that you can have easy access to changing your state of body and mind at will.
There are three parts to mastering having a body and mind. Realization, handling your psychology, and state training/conditioning. In this series we are focusing on conditioning, basically directly changing your state. I looked up the definition of the word “state”, like “state of being”, And it said “condition!” You can address your state, by addressing your condition. This is a type of direct intervention into whatever your experience is in the moment. And you can direct it any way you want.
We’ve learned that the brain receives input and sends that input into different directions. One direction is to an old mammalian brain that controls our emotions or our “affects”, how we feel emotionally and in body. The other direction input is sent is to our thinking brain… behind our fore head basically.
If a car is coming at you directly, quickly, you move out of the way before you think about it, or you at least freeze before you think about it. This is a direct physical, and somewhat emotional, programmed reaction. Thinking about it happens afterwards. If someone you love and are attracted to approaches you warmly, you have a certain response in your whole torso. These are conditioned responses. We are born with some, like a fear of snakes, but most of them are imprinted in our day-to-day life, like how we feel if we are attracted to someone.
One of the things that all three groups that I taught last week agreed upon was that fear was the most common element in most conditioned responses. And that’s why psychologists who deal with conditioning almost always steer us to calming and refreshing the body first. They are dealing with the old brain first. For example, if you take a few deep breaths you will invariably feel calmer, even better.
Now our thinking brain, our cerebral cortex, What is actually our slow brain although we don’t normally think of it that way, also has a direct impact on our old or emotional brain. What we think makes huge difference. We are either thinking things that are alarming our amygdala or old emotional brain or we are mindfully disengaged, even interrupting that alarmist tendency. For example, a common technique is to vehemently, Either internally or externally, say”Stop”. This is a very active way of interrupting the thought process.
We’re not worried about what it means or anything historically, We are simply conditioning ourselves. This doesn’t mean that there is in a place for psychological inquiry. Of course, there is. But this is a different approach, And the necessary approach, to dealing with all of the random Main conditioning we undergo as humans.
Another immediate approach might be to do exercise. This is extremely effective for addressing our state of body and mind. It addresses the body or old brain level and reorients the mind.
We can see that meditation at least partly, it is so effective because were addressing body and combing the body by sitting and being alert and were interrupting thought process bike completely not attaching to it. It’s a brilliant method of conditioning. From a spiritual perspective we would say practice.
Our environment and what we’re doing with our body and mind is of paramount importance for handling the old brain. Almost all of the most famous gurus of the last century spent his whole life on the single small hill that he loved. Almost all of the major, credible, spiritual teaching figures, had or created an amazing circumstance or environment within which to be. For example, almost every Zen master lived in a level of attention to detail in an environment that awakens him or her that we can barely imagine today. If we look at a more common and lighter example, the music at a party can have a significant impact on our and others experience. Imagine mellow music… now imagine something harder and sharper. Even imagining it makes us feel different. I recommend the mellow direction!
The point of conditioning is that we have a tremendous amount to say about these associations and imprints Into our bodies in mind. None of them is permanent they’re always being rewritten. When something difficult comes into your experience, If you calm your body and make your mind positive or empty you will rewire or unwind your relationship blueprint order basic conditioning. You can steer this in any direction you like. . It doesn’t remove the necessity or importance of realization and dealing with one’s history but it supports those tremendously and it’s an essential art of living.
If we look at the transformational schools, they orient a lot around this type of conditioning. It would be more accurate to call it deconditioning or unconditionally, Because it’s really clearing the mind and see that things are empty and meaningless. When we do this we stop scaring the bejusus out of us. Transformational schools decondition people by emptying the mind. If you combine that with the full physical approach is tremendously effective. If you’ve an ad in dealing with your history and being awake to the nature of reality, Then you can be said to have truly mastered your body and mind period Obviously, this gives you tremendous potential for a romantic expansion and development. It’s like bringing your agame. If you going to date and you’re energized, and even calm, that date is bound to go better. There’s a tremendous amount you can do about both of those. And then a few have some practice to interrupt your thinking, You’ll really be able to feel and perceived that other person and act optimally towards what’s most enjoyable for both of you. Because of course we can’t go to four sessions of therapy before every date!