Do You Have 20 Seconds to Re-Wire Your Brain?

Our brains are hard-wired to automatically remember traumatic times, but not good times. This makes sense, for example touching a hot stove. We need to remember things like this or we will do it again. (And if you’re like me you accidentally do it again anyway.)

Good times on the other hand are not automatically kept, and definitely not in the forefront. You can prove it to yourself now, tell me the top five traumatic experiences you’ve had and then tell me the five best. You likely had more trouble with the five best. I’m here to tell you that 20 seconds can help you reverse this.

Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and then spend 20 seconds focusing on something perfect. Where you want to be, what you want to be doing, who you want to be with, and as us coaches say, who you want to be. Focus on all of it, really truly having it. Repeat twice a day for some time, and see if it can change the way you think.

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One thought on “Do You Have 20 Seconds to Re-Wire Your Brain?

  1. David, thank you again for volunteering to teach a class on mindfulness at Johns Hopkins this week. We all really enjoyed your readings and the meditations you guided us through. Today philosopher/astrologer Rob Brezsny posted the following, and it reminded me of your lesson about gratitude and remembering the good times: “It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness,” writes novelist Chuck Palahniuk. “We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” Your assignment in the coming days…is to prove Palahniuk wrong. As the surges of sweetness flow through you, as your secret joy ripens into bright blooming bliss, imprint the sensations on your memory. Vow to remember them for the rest of your life. Make these breakthrough moments into talismans that will serve as magical spells whenever you need rejuvenation in the future.”

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