Friday, March 9, 2012

Taking in the good

Hour long lecture to Google staff
"There's an expression in neuroscience: Neurons that fire together wire together. This means that new patterns of thought can actually change the physiology of our brains.  So while we can't ignore the bad news, we can train our brains to become more alert to good information.   When you notice a positive detail in yourself or someone else, or your environment, try savouring it for at least ten seconds. Most of these observations will be as simple as "the sun is shining" or "this coffee tastes good", but do this a handful of times each day and you'll feel an emotional shift."
-Rick Hanson, Phd, neuropsychologist and co-author of Buddha's Brain.

  1. Look for positive facts, and let them become positive experiences
  2. Savour the positive experience, sustain it for 10-20-30 seconds. Feel it in your body and emotions.    Intensify it.
  3. Sense and intend that the positive experience is soaking into your brain and body - registering deeply into emotional memory.

We can deliberately use the mind, over time, to change the brain for the better:

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