I know. I know because that's how my life was and that's how I used to think and feel.
Growing up in Israel under the constant threat of attack had wired my brain towards fear, uncertainty, and the agonizing and ceaseless "what if?". And that's exactly it, isn't it? It was precisely my brain that repeatedly produced the thought that joy was unattainable. In turn, this gave rise to feelings of sadness, depression, and hopelessness. The crucial question is then, how do you change a lifetime of thinking a certain way? Is rewiring the brain even doable?
The latest research on neuroplasticity (simply put, the brain's ability to keep changing throughout our lives) answers back with a resounding "yes!". Lisa Wimberger, author of Neurosculpting: A Whole-Brain Approach to Heal Trauma, Rewrite Limiting Beliefs, and Find Wholeness, unequivocally affirms that we can strengthen the thoughts that signal enjoyment and completely reframe our fear-based experiences. Now this is very good news.
What it means is that no matter what your life has been like and no matter which pathways have already formed in your brain, a vast potential for change is present. This means that healing is possible. Repair is possible. Rewiring the brain is possible. And joy? Joy is very possible, too.
Years ago, when I constantly felt lost and distraught, my heart somehow knew that joy was possible. Despite the thoughts in my head, my heart knew. And, it guided me.
Interestingly enough, my heart guided me to ancient methods that incorporate the very same techniques that brain researchers today are pointing out as key strategies for changing old habits, supporting new neurological connections, resolving trauma, and priming the body/mind for experiences of well-being, safe play, fun, and joy.
It will come as no surprise to many of you who have been down this path that the primary tool for repairing back to a sense of wholeness is the practice of awareness, i.e. self-inquiry, self-reflection, and meditation. (Read the rest here)