Mind Power Issue #18
Issue #18 – Monday, July 4th, 2016
Do you struggle with negative thoughts or behaviors? Or, does someone you know? (Do they annoy you?) If your life could use less negativity (maybe I should say more positivity!), this issue will make you smile.
I was recently featured in a Forbes articles about how meditation is the next big business opportunity. It’s a great article, and I urge you to “Check it Out”.
Also, today’s Sixty-Second Secret will help you live longer (and be healthier).
Your brain is a pessimist (but you
don’t have to listen)…
by Bill Harris
Did you know that your brain is wired…
…to be negative?
This started at a young age, while the two hemispheres of your brain were developing.
Your right hemisphere is more involved with emotions, sensory experiences and pattern recognition, while the left hemisphere deals with language, logic, and problem solving.
Your right hemisphere developed first, and it is more negative than the left (when it comes to emotions).
As a result, negative experiences early in life often have a long-lasting effect on self-perception, personality, and…
…your experience of the world.
To make matters worse, our memory is also wired for negativity. To put it simply, you have two types of memory: explicit and implicit.
Implicit memory is nonverbal. Consider walking: it’s a complex action you know how to do, but you couldn’t put it into words.
Your implicit memory system is based in the amygdala and exists primarily to remember–and help you avoid–life-threatening dangers. Because these memories are tied to survival, your amygdala holds on to them tightly.
Explicit memory is verbal: you remember your mother’s name or a famous quote with words.
The explicit memory system lives in the hippocampus. It doesn’t hold on to memories as tightly, allowing you to learn new, important information and forget what isn’t useful.
Your explicit memory is “plastic”–it changes. Your implicit memory, for the most part, doesn’t.
Like the left hemisphere, your explicit memory takes longer to develop. As a result, the very young store intense, negative memories in the amygdala, forever.
These negative memories color later experiences, causing you to perceive danger where there is none. This can have a huge negative effect on your function, your relationships, and just about everything else in your life.
(Sorry if this is getting you down–I promise there is light at the end of the tunnel.)
There are many effective methods for conquering negativity.
These are recommended by Dr. Joseph Annibali, chief psychiatrist of the Amen Clinics in his excellent book, Reclaim Your Brain:
Distract yourself. Invest yourself in a productive or enjoyable activity. When you become absorbed in an activity, your limbic system has a chance to calm.
Laugh. Find the humor in your negativity. Often, negative thoughts are irrational. Laugh at them (and yourself) for believing–but do so gently.
Take the ‘glass half full’ approach. All negatives–without exception–have a positive, or the seed of something positive. Challenge yourself to find that positive, whatever it may be.
Be grateful. Write three things you are grateful for. According to Annibali, studies have shown that writing things which you are grateful for changes the brain.
You’ve may have tried some of these before, possibly without success.
If these methods haven’t worked for you, the most likely explanation is…
…your brain isn’t working correctly.
If you’ve been reading Mind Power, you know there’s a war going on between two major parts of your brain.
What parts of the brain am I referring to?
- Your limbic system, the source of the fight or flight stress response and the “I’m going to do this/buy this/eat this/say this now, and the heck with the consequences” response.
- Your prefrontal cortex, the source of executive function, creativity, learning from mistakes, planning, rational thinking, and more.
If they’re overactive or underactive, you could be experiencing many challenges or problems…
…or, sabotaging yourself from developing the personal qualities you need in order to be happy and successful.
Unfortunately, these two parts of the brain ARE either overactive or underactive…
…for about 98% of people!
The emotional turmoil you feel (negativity) is caused by an overactive limbic system. When your limbic system is overactive and in control, the problems of life are much more difficult.
The solution to this problem–and the first step toward conquering negativity–is…
…calming the limbic system and enhancing the prefrontal cortex.
Here are some effective methods:
- 5-HTP: 5-HTP increases serotonin levels. Low serotonin is associated with obsessive-compulsive behavior, depression, and anxiety.
- St. John’s wort: also increases serotonin in the brain.
- GABA: GABA calms activity in the limbic system.
- L-theanine: This is another calming supplement. It reportedly increases alpha waves in the brain.
- Glycine: Glycine calms brain activity in several areas of the limbic system.
Other methods for calming the limbic system and enhancing the prefrontal cortex:
Breathing: Slow breathing calms the limbic system.
Exercise: Research shows that short 1-4 minute bursts followed by a rest period, repeated several times, are more effective than longer periods of less intense exercise.
Nutrition: Diets high in protein, low in carbs, and high in “good fat” (coconut oil, avocados, butter, omega 3s, extra virgin olive oil) help keep the limbic system calm.
Sleep: 7-8 hours of sleep a night help keep the limbic system calm.
Meditation: Countless studies show that meditation calms the limbic system AND enhances the prefrontal cortex.
The problem with meditation is that few people actually are willing to do it! Meditation is hard to learn, and it takes a long time to see significant results.
Thankfully, it’s now possible to create the same brain changes as traditional methods, in a fraction of the time, using a technological approach. Centerpointe’s Holosync technology does exactly that.
Using combinations of pure sine wave audio tones delivered to the brain through stereo headphones, Holosync…
…creates the brainwave patterns of an experienced 30-year meditator.
Holosync is THE easiest way to meditate (all you do is listen – no learning curve).
To experience the brain-changing power of Holosync for yourself, take our 5-Day Holosync Challenge.
The 5-Day Challenge is fun, it’s free, it takes just a few minutes a day, and you’ll also be able to connect (and compare notes) with others who are also evaluating Holosync.
Did you know that meditation is thought to be one of the next big business opportunities?
I was recently features in a Forbes article about this. It’s a great article. Please read the article (and leave a comment telling me what you think!).
If you eat less, you’ll live longer (and be healthier).
Studies show that a calorie-restricted diet is good for brain health and longevity.
It manages weight, decreases the risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke, increases the production of nerve growth factors (which help the brain), and more.
But, calorie restriction will only be effective if you eat…
…the right calories.
Researchers use the acronym “CRON” for “Calorie Restriction with Optimal Nutrition”. 1,800-2,000 calories a day that include all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that you need is the best choice you can make for your health and longevity.
[Thanks to Holosync…]
“For the first time in many years I feel like I am in control of the life I live and I am optimistic and positive in all my ventures.
My wife and I spend a lot more quality time together – we have just celebrated 25 years of marriage and are the happiest we have been for years.
I cope with big issues now as if they were only minor inconveniences. Thanks to Holosync and the advice and training that I have received.”
~ John Wood
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