See "The Good" & Change Your Brain
“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” Wayne Dyer
Where you place your focus determines your reality. Regardless if you’re aware of it or not, we decide daily what we give power to, based on where we place our attention. We speak ideas into existence that may or may not be the truth every single day. We go about routines that don’t serve us and seek out information through the news or social media that encourage us to turn on one another, society, our planet and even worse, ourselves.
This information comes into your brain and is labelled as “important” by an area called the reticular activating system. This system then looks for further input from your life and environment that is similar to it, just to confirm its importance. A basic example is purchasing a car. Have you ever bought a car and now you notice that vehicle everywhere?? Your brain heightens your awareness of this information because you considered it important.
Overtime, these experiences and perceptions develop what we call “belief systems”. Consider these belief systems to be a set of guidelines or rules that your brain has created based off your input you’ve provided.
Most of us are not fully aware of our belief systems because they operate on a subconscious level. Below our active perception. Think of it as a scroll continuously running in the background. A short cut to what your brain considers important based off of the input you gave it. For instance – “perfection is the standard” is one many young women struggle with.
Now here is how this affects your body and hormones..
Your autonomic nervous system is within your subconscious as well. This system influences our hormones and stress response. It takes in this information and looks to your belief systems to determine if the world is “safe” or not. Can you relax, feel confident and empowered or are you always fighting, pushing, feeling self-critical or “less than”. Whatever this input, your autonomic nervous system sends out appropriate hormones to respond (ie: stress hormones).
Have you ever taken excellent care of yourself yet you still felt drained, overwhelmed and stressed? Have you ever felt amazing on vacation and as soon as you touch down back at home, you’re anxious again?
Think of it as your brain and subconscious have learned that the world is unsafe and without addressing these belief systems and patterns, it’s unwilling to shift.
Is this dysfunction permanent?
Not at all, unless you allow it to be.
So how do you shift this?
There are numerous ways but the most impactful is to begin “seeing the good” in your life. Our brain is programmed to pick up negative information because it’s considered to be important for our survival. Actively reminding yourself of what you are grateful for has the power to shift your focus from what is dangerous to what is wonderful.
This done consistently changes the RAS. Meaning your brain will crave that positive input and seek it out. Over time belief systems change and your hormones respond because on a subconscious level, you’re “safe” again.
Harvard research showed that 6 weeks of gratitude journaling for 2 minutes daily has the power to reduce MS patients pain medication by 50 percent!
Spend 2 minutes daily noticing what is good in your life. Think it. Express it. Write it. Whatever feels right. You have the power to change how you see the world and how your brain responds.