Two of my favorite quotes from this talk are:
“routine lulls the brain to sleep”
“Now your body is your unconscious mind. It does not know the difference between the actual experience and reality that produces emotion and the emotion that you fabricate by thought alone. To the body it believes that it is in that experience.”
He goes on to talk about the role metacognition plays in building new neural connections. Wikipedia describes metacognition as “cognition about cognition” and that is as good a definition as any I’ve come across.
Metacognition is the observation of who we are being. It’s thinking about what we’re thinking about and it is how we become aware and how we change our thinking.
Metacognition brings about the ability to change who and how we are in the world.
It allows us to consciously create our own New Beginnings moment by moment.
By observing and changing how we think we literally rewire out brain making it easier moment by moment to continue changing how and what we think and feel. Each new thought makes the next new one easier.
The brain is always able to change and adapt – you are never too old to create a New Beginning.
What are your thoughts about metacognition and changing your brain? Do you believe it can be done? Do you have experience with changing the way your brain works? I’d love to hear from you about this!