Published by: Digital Schools
You Are What You Think
Did you know your thoughts are directly shaping your mind, body and your reality too?
We used to think our brain was unchangeable by the time we reached adulthood, but in fact, we now know the brain is plastic, meaning it is constantly changing, updating and upgrading itself. We also used to believe that our genes, the genetic information passed down from our ancestors to us would determine our lives, our health, and our success. But in fact, that is also not true, through the new science of epigenetics scientists are discovering that we can influence our genetics through our thoughts, actions, and experiences, overriding the DNA data that was handed down to us.
How Thoughts Change Your Brain, Cells, and Genes
I Think, Therefore I Am
The way you think not only affects the way you feel and behave, it also has an impact on how you perceive your world and how you live in it. We know that thoughts are a part of our imagination and a lot of them are nonsense but it does not mean that they are not real things. Thoughts are like everything else, in reality, tiny packets of energy that exist in the form of waves. These tiny vibrational messages that we make when we think are unwrapped by our nerve cells which interpret the information and communicate to all our other cells.
If you are always thinking negatively you are programming your cells to be negative too. Negative thoughts stimulate the release of chemicals and hormones that make you feel tired, sick, angry, and upset. Negative thinking doesn’t just make you feel bad, it can limit your ability to learn new things, form relationships and think creatively.
Unfortunately, most of the thoughts you make are negative, it is a survival mechanism that is built in and it is not your fault. Negative thoughts take center stage in our minds because we learn better from our mistakes than our achievements and the brain is trying to make sure we stay on track. The main goal for all this negative feedback is to keep you from making the same mistakes in your future that you made in the past, so your mind is caught in a loop, of nearly the same thoughts every day.
If you are stuck in a negative loop you are more likely to feel low in energy, angry, irritable, foggy in the mind, lonely, fatigued and you will get sick more often. Negative thoughts can influence our decisions and our experiences making it seem as though life is a bit of drag.
The good news is with the power of positive thinking you can completely reprogram your cells and rewire your brain. Every 2 months your cells renew themselves so with persistence and positivity you can begin to take control of your mind and body. Of course, you are not going to be able to delete every negative thought in your mind, that is impossible, but what you can do is add new thoughts that are meaningful and positive.
The conscious practice of thinking positively is a way for you to reshape your own mind and change your reality, Consciously thinking, saying and doing positive things will help to boost your immunity which means you will get sick less often, will encourage the growth of new neural pathways in your brain; which means you get smarter and change the chemistry and electricity of your brain and body; people will find you more attractive to be around, you will make more friends and new opportunities will arise as you broaden your perception and experiences in life.
Rearrange Your Brain
If you want to change your life, start by changing your thoughts.
If you have lived a lifetime unaware of your thoughts it is going to take time to rearrange them, here are 3 tips to rearrange your brain.
1. Make a New Routine
To begin reprogramming your system start by making some time to write down some positive thoughts or things you are grateful for at the same time every day. Forming this new habit is important in rewiring your mind the actual doing is a big part of a restructuring, so repeating this exercise at the same time each day makes a massive difference.
2. Be Kind To Yourself
Say things that are kind to yourself, be encouraging, gentle and compassionate. Remind yourself of the things you are good at and also the things that you like and the people that you love. Be less judgemental; When you judge others you are limiting your understanding and experiences of life.
3. Show More Gratitude
Positive changes can also be made by thanking people more, saying thank you shows that you have good manners, but it also makes people feel like you value them. Another good tip is to make a conscious effort to complain less or blame other people for your bad moods.
Guest Contributor: Emily Rack
Business Name: Horatios Jar
Publisher: Digital Schools
Emily Rack is a yoga teacher, meditation instructor and freelance writer. She runs yoga and meditation classes, courses and workshops in schools and the wider community & is passionate about teaching the art of mindfulness