In "The Power of Neuroplasticity," Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D., presents the scientific discovery that the thoughts we think physically rewire and reshape our brains and change our lives. Dr. Helmstetter shows how to use the latest research from the field of neuroscience to wire your brain to change attitudes, overcome negativity, improve health and fitness, reach personal goals, increase mental sharpness and clarity, improve usable IQ, super-charge your thinking and reshape your life, all with neuroscience on your side.
Studies in neuroscience demonstrate that a focus on mindfulness meditation and contemplative spiritual practice has the capacity to increase our non-anxious awareness and significantly lower our stress. Not only is this finding of immediate importance for pastoral counselors and psychotherapists, it will even necessitate a paradigm shift in the way that pastoral and spiritual practitioners approach the general care of souls. The starting point for such a paradigm shift is an acknowledgement of the built-in negativity bias of the brain, and how certain beliefs and theological views may inadvertently reinforce the bias to the detriment of individuals and faith communities. Once necessary for human survival, the ingrained bias can often be excessive for today’s world, resulting in negatively disproportionate assessments of life events and human relationships. To balance the neural predisposition toward negativity and anxious awareness, it is necessary for pastoral and spiritual caregivers, and those in their care, to cultivate a regular contemplative-meditational practice. The Power of Neuroplasticity for Pastoral and Spiritual Care focuses on the groundbreaking finding of contemporary neuroscience—that the brain is built for change across the entire lifespan. It is designed to make the research accessible to and relevant for those engaged in the work of pastoral and spiritual care in order to help clients and congregants effect lasting and transformative changes in the mind and brain. Through the regular practice of contemplative prayer and meditation, we can literally calm the stress region of the brain in order to live less anxiously and experience more fully the peace and joy of the present moment. The introduction of mindfulness- and acceptance-based counseling approaches will provide pastoral and spiritual practitioners with an important therapeutic framework to situate their work, from which they can make more informed and effective interventions geared toward using the mind to change the brain.
The Power of Positive Thinking and the Fascinating Ability of the Brain to Change Itself
Author: Natalie Brooks
Neuroplasticity is at the heart of what makes us human. The discovery that our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains is an amazing and important breakthrough in neuroscience. Neuroplasticity empowers us to have a different relationship with our brains. Instead of just capitulating to whatever potential dysfunction, degeneration, or disease that may impact our nervous system, this book enables the readers to explore the ways in which we humans can give our brains exactly what they need to adapt, heal, and thrive.
Release on 2009-08-04 | by Jeffrey M. Schwartz,Sharon Begley
Author: Jeffrey M. Schwartz,Sharon Begley
Pubpsher: Springer Science & Business Media
A groundbreaking work of science that confirms, for the first time, the independent existence of the mind–and demonstrates the possibilities for human control over the workings of the brain. Conventional science has long held the position that 'the mind' is merely an illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain. Now in paperback, Dr Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley's groundbreaking work, The Mind and the Brain, argues exactly the opposite: that the mind has a life of its own.Dr Schwartz, a leading researcher in brain dysfunctions, and Wall Street Journal science columnist Sharon Begley demonstrate that the human mind is an independent entity that can shape and control the functioning of the physical brain. Their work has its basis in our emerging understanding of adult neuroplasticity–the brain's ability to be rewired not just in childhood, but throughout life, a trait only recently established by neuroscientists. Through decades of work treating patients with obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), Schwartz made an extraordinary finding: while following the therapy he developed, his patients were effecting significant and lasting changes in their own neural pathways. It was a scientific first: by actively focusing their attention away from negative behaviors and toward more positive ones, Schwartz's patients were using their minds to reshape their brains–and discovering a thrilling new dimension to the concept of neuroplasticity. The Mind and the Brain follows Schwartz as he investigates this newly discovered power, which he calls self–directed neuroplasticity or, more simply, mental force. It describes his work with noted physicist Henry Stapp and connects the concept of 'mental force' with the ancient practice of mindfulness in Buddhist tradition. And it points to potential new applications that could transform the treatment of almost every variety of neurological dysfunction, from dyslexia to stroke–and could lead to new strategies to help us harness our mental powers. Yet as wondrous as these implications are, perhaps even more important is the philosophical dimension of Schwartz's work. For the existence of mental force offers convincing scientific evidence of human free will, and thus of man's inherent capacity for moral choice.
Neuroplasticity, Thought, and the Power of Attitude
Author: Don Joseph Goewey
Pubpsher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
You possess the most remarkable system in all of biology, the human brain. You have the power to direct it with the most complex set of processes in the universe, the mind. When you use this creative power consciously, you not only actualize the power to excel in whatever you do, you can direct your experience in ways that make life fulfilling and meaningful. As wonderful as this might sound, for many the journey may be anything but. Every major survey shows that the majority of us are plagued by stress and anxiety, which is toxic to the brain. The new science is clear: transcend stress, regain higher brain function, and the mind lights up with creative intelligence. Mystic Cool shows us how to calmly turn our backs on stress and walk in the direction of the brilliant life we were born to live.
Strategies for Teaching Middle and High School Students
Author: Thomas Armstrong
Moody. Reckless. Impractical. Insecure. Distracted. These are all words commonly used to describe adolescents. But what if we recast these traits in a positive light? Teens possess insight, passion, idealism, sensitivity, and creativity in abundance--all qualities that can make a significant positive contribution to society. In this thought-provoking book, Thomas Armstrong looks at the power and promise of the teenage brain from an empathetic, strength-based perspective--and describes what middle and high school educators can do to make the most of their students' potential. Thoroughly grounded in current neuroscience research, the book explains what we know about how the adolescent brain works and proposes eight essential instructional elements that will help students develop the ability to think, make healthy choices, regulate their emotions, handle social conflict, consolidate their identities, and learn enough about the world to move into adulthood with dignity and grace. Armstrong provides practical strategies and real-life examples from schools that illustrate these eight key practices in action. In addition, you'll find a glossary of brain terms, a selection of brain-friendly lesson plans across the content areas, and a list of resources to support and extend the book's ideas and practices. There is a colossal mismatch between how the adolescent brain has evolved over the millennia and the passive, rote learning experiences that are all too common in today’s test-obsessed educational climate. See the amazing difference—in school and beyond—when you use the insights from this book to help students tap into the power of their changing brains.
Release on 2011-02-01 | by David Perlmutter, M.D./F.A.C.N,Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.
Author: David Perlmutter, M.D./F.A.C.N,Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.
Pubpsher: Hay House, Inc
Category: Health & Fitness
The quest for enlightenment has occupied mankind for millennia. And from the depictions we’ve seen—monks sitting on meditation cushions, nuns kneeling in prayer, shamans communing with the universe—it seems that this elusive state is reserved for a chosen few. But now, neuroscientist David Perlmutter and medical anthropologist and shaman Alberto Villoldo have come together to explore the commonalities between their specialties with the aim of making enlightenment possible for anyone. Joining the long-separated worlds of science and spirit, Perlmutter explores the exciting phenomena of neurogenesis and mitochondrial health, while Villoldo brings his vast knowledge of shamanic and spiritual practices to the table. Together they draw from the most powerful tools in each discipline to create the Power Up Your Brain program, a ground-breaking, five-week plan that helps prime the brain for enlightenment. With nutritional advice, dietary supplements, physical exercise, shamanic practices, meditation, and visualizations, Perlmutter and Villoldo guide readers, step by step, through a program to help them clear their minds from previous trauma and open themselves up to experience the inner peace, vast insight, and extraordinary creativity that define the experience of enlightenment, paving the way to successfully face the challenges to come.
Unleash the Hidden Power of Your Subconscious Mind, Learn How to Bend Reality and Become Limitless
Author: Nicholas Hill
Pubpsher: Independently Published
Category: Business & Economics
Prime Your Sub-conscious Mind for Success, Develop Intuition for Guided Intelligence, Learn Technique to Tap Your Mind's Power and Become Limitless. Have you ever wondered why some people grow so fast using their mind intelligently, while others lag way behind their entire life. Do you want to explore and hack the power of your mind? If the answer to above is yes, you are going to find inspirational real stories and actionable advice in this short guide called HACK YOUR MIND. HACK YOUR MIND is loaded with actionable advice to get you going faster on your mind hacking journey. Here is what you will discover: What exactly is mind hacking and how will it help you in all facets of life- financial, mental, emotion or relationships. How Mr. Wright was able to fight cancer through hacking his mind, but died immediately as he failed to believe in his mind's power. Learn how Abraham Lincoln hacked his mind to turnaround his life. Explore how you can prime you deep-layered sub-conscious mind to reach your dreams. How to benefit from the magic of intuition originating from the infinite intelligence to guide you towards your ultimate destination. How to unlock your mind's power to improve your focus and productivity in your work and personal life. How the power of neuroplasticity helped one girl to live life even with half cut brain. Find amazing tips on how you can benefit maximally from neuroplasticity. Learn to use "Memory Palace" to hack your mind. How to use mindfulness to hack your mind and reduce, stress, anxiety, depression and build your memory, focus, and cognitive skills. How to bend the reality with the power of your mind and become limitless and a lot more. HACK YOUR MIND is a wonderful collection of short real life stories about how real people in the real world were able to hack their mind and augmented the quality of their life in all areas. If you are genuinely concerned not to waste this treasured asset called your mind; if you are ready to put yourself to some consistent work- HACK YOUR MIND is here to inspire you and give practical suggestions, you can start doing immediately. Take Your First Right Step. Go Above, Click the Buy Button to Start Hacking Your Mind.