Part Three: The Brain Science of Neuroplasticity

I’m Life coach and counselor Peter Winslow, and this is part three of our series on the science of natural recovery from chronic pain. How is it possible? Neuroscientists describe the process through a phenomenon called “neuroplasticity.”

In cases of head injuries that cause blindness, neuroscientists have observed amazing changes in the brains of the victims. Using brain imaging scans they have isolated electro-magnetic energy emitted by the visual cortex, a portion consisting of approximately one third of the brain, and found that this region has adapted and retrained itself in these patients to supervise completely different skills.

Neuroplasticity is the process by which many blind people develop their highly acute senses of hearing, touch, taste and smell and are often able to master completely new tasks and creative endeavors that the rest of us find challenging and even impossible to do.

Until the mid-1990’s it was believed that brain cells do not regenerate beyond the formative years of development, after about two or three years of age. Scientists now know that’s incorrect. Through a process called “neurogenesis” brand new neurons are created when you enrich your environment by taking up new and interesting mental exercises like learning a foreign language, or utilizing mind-body practices like meditation.

Tackling challenging skills like these helps to ward off Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia because the process increases cognitive ability and rebuilds memory function. This means that new and challenging mind-body activities enhance neuroplasticity in the brain.

Here’s the catch: doctors say the initial changes are only temporary because you have to be emotionally engaged in the process to retain the results.

Permanent plasticity occurs when you feel passion, élan, savior faire and a zest for life because positive thoughts and a sense of wellbeing are critical for the release of the specific neurotransmitters and the other brain chemicals that enable the changes to stick.

Your new skills must be taxing, interesting and highly motivating for the results to become permanent. This is solid proof of the mind-body connection: you must consciously choose to feel passion and motivation before your brain can make the physical changes lasting and permanent.

–Peter Winslow

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Part Two: Healing from Chronic Pain

I’m life coach Peter Winslow, and the subject of this post is natural healing from chronic pain.

Contrary to what you may have heard, the human body possesses to ability to heal itself from many chronic conditions. How? Emerging new neurological science has discovered that it all comes down to the wiring in your brain.

To really grasp this, I realized that a few things must be understood. In training to become a professional life and health coach, I studied anatomy and physiology in college. There I learned an astounding fact: the body you lived in just yesterday is a different body than the one you’re in today.

In a process called cellular mitosis, the cells in your body birth new cells repeatedly and die off naturally throughout your lifetime. In fact, in a few years you’ll have a completely different body altogether.

The body rebuilds itself again and again throughout your lifetime and it’s plainly evident. Watch a youngster grow up and age over the years; what you’re witnessing is the process of cellular growth and regeneration that occurs with the passing of time.

Some cells reproduce faster than others. The cells that lined your stomach two hours ago have already been replaced with new ones whose daughter cells will soon be born; other cells reproduce in a matter of months.

Neuroscientists tell us that brain cells, called neurons, are programmed a bit differently than the other cells. They adapt to their environment depending on what you learn and what new behaviors you acquire.

In a process called “neuroplasticity” the map-like structure of the brain can be remodeled. Using MRI technology, doctors have observed the process in patients who’ve suffered head injuries and are creating new neural pathways to compensate for the loss. This is a compelling field of study for the brave new frontier of natural recovery from chronic pain.

–Peter Winslow

Your Identity Makes All the Difference – Part 8

I’m life coach Peter Winslow. We have so far discussed the inner identity, also called the “true self” and learned that it is composed of three fundamental elements: Love, Joy, and Peace of Mind.

Here is an interesting corollary: you’ve probably heard of people who psychologists refer to as “energy vampires.” These types can suck the energy right out of you. Everyone knows someone who can burn you out just by spending an hour with you, or even less. As a life coach, I deal with these types quite frequently.

So—do you know what it is they’re sucking out of you? It’s your love, your joy, and your peace of mind!

Because they have become so disconnected from their own true selves, they must get their energy directly from others as a never-ending quest for victims of their perverse needs.

These unfortunate souls have covered their true self over with layers and layers of what they refer to as “my story.” And these stories always involve static thinking about things that don’t exist anymore, things which all happened in the past. There is no dynamism for change here; they cannot change the past. They just continue to suck more and more energy from others throughout their lives.

Do you know someone like that? Maybe somebody close to you? Somebody you’re aware of… right now?

As earlier noted, they cannot change the past; yet what they can change is how they feel about the past. What would solve the issue is for them to become aware of their own inner identity—the love, peace and joy at the core of who they really are. When fully realized, these things continue to grow and to give, nurturing and sustaining them from within, as it does for all emotionally healthy and spiritually connected people.

When you identify yourself as being the love, peace and joy that resides within you—we can call this your spiritual or true self—you will constantly grow and prosper in awareness, abundance and ability.

Then an amazing revelation occurs: you attract love, wealth and abundance from the outside world.  So rather than trying to get what you want from the world, you become what it is you seek—and the world provides you with more and more of what you really are.

This is precisely how it is that in life we don’t get what we want, we get what we are—which you now recognize as the Law of Identity.

–Peter Winslow

 

Your Identity Makes All the Difference – Part 7

I’m life coach Peter Winslow. In this series of posts we have been discussing your inner identity, also called the “true self.” As such we have seen that who I am and who I “think” I am are often two different things.

We learned that the true self (your inner identity) is comprised of three aspects: Love, Joy, and Peace of Mind. These things only occur within us, yet most people seek them in the outside world, usually to no avail or lasting satisfaction.

We have taken a brief look at the first two aspects—love and joy—and how, until we realize them internally, they do not sustain in our lives. Today we will consider peace of mind, the third aspect of the true self. It’s the most elusive of the three, partly because people seem to believe it is the product of experiences in the outside world.

“I’ll know peace as soon as my kids do what I’ve asked them to do.”

“I’ll have peace when my neighbor moves out and I get a new one who respects my space.”

I’ll believe in peace of mind when the politicians do what they ought to.”

“I’ll find peace as soon as things go my way.”

But are these external events really likely to happen?

Like love and joy, peace of mind dwells within you—dynamically growing and giving, until negative thoughts derail it. It takes training and skill to cultivate your peace of mind, so please get started right away. As a life coach, this is one of the most common things my clients ask me for assistance with. Yet peace of mind is there within us all, waiting to be fully realized. We must simply learn how it works.

Realize these things as aspects of who you are—love, joy and peace—and watch joyfully as life continues to provide you with more and more of the good things your loving heart truly desires.

In our next installment we’ll discover why realization of your inner identity is so critically important for real health, true wealth, and lasting abundance in life.

–Peter Winslow