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We can either allow our past to keep interfering with our optimal expression of love and happiness, or we can move beyond our past with renewed passion for life.

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NEW Spiritual Solutions by Deepak Chopra(Hardcover)

NEW Spiritual Solutions by Deepak Chopra(Hardcover)
Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life's Greatest Challenges ( AUDIOBOOK Available )  "Great advice directly from the master on virtually any subject, it just doesn't get any better...

Ten Poems to Change Your Life

Ten Poems to Change Your Life
ABOUT THE BOOK: This is a dangerous book. Great poetry calls into question not less than everything. It dares us to break free from the safe strategies of the cautious mind. It opens us to pain...

Soul of Leadership (Hardcover)

Soul of Leadership (Hardcover)
ABOUT THIS BOOK Leadership is the most crucial choice one can make—it is the decision to step out of darkness into the light.      Bestselling author and spiritual guide Deepak Chopra invites...

Brotherhood - by Deepak & Sanjiv Chopra (Hardcover)

Brotherhood - by Deepak & Sanjiv Chopra (Hardcover)
BROTHERHOOD Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream DEEPAK & SANJIV CHOPRA   “BROTHERHOOD is an uplifting account of sibling affection and success, and of the promise and infinite...

Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy Tanzi, MD (Hardcover)

Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy Tanzi, MD (Hardcover)
Learn about Deepak Chopra and the Chopra Center's Super Brain dietary supplement - Ayurvedic Brain Support NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy...

Joyful Wisdom

Joyful Wisdom
ABOUT THEBOOK: Yongey Mingyur is one of the most celebrated among the new generation of Tibetan meditation masters, whose teachings have touched people of all faiths around the world. His first...

GOD: A Story of Revelation (Hardcover)

GOD: A Story of Revelation (Hardcover)
“God is an empty term except through the revelations of all the saints, prophets, and mystics of history. They exist to plant the seeds of spirituality as a direct experience rather than a...

Book Of Secrets

Book Of Secrets
2005 Nautilus Book Award Grand Prize Winner! New York Times Best Seller! Every life is a book of secrets, ready to be opened. The secret of perfect love is found there, along with the secrets...

Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui

Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui
ABOUT THE BOOK: Feng Shui is the ancient oriental art of enhancing and harmonizing the flow of energy in your surroundings.  Over the last twenty years, Karen Kingston has pioneered the study...

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December 03 2012

How to Inspire Your Brain

Category:  SF Gate

By Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), co-authors of Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-being. (Harmony)

We've entered a golden age for brain research, but all these new findings haven't trickled down to the individual. Yet there are broad discoveries that make it possible to everyone to improve their brains. Let us state these succinctly:

Your brain is constantly renewing itself.
Your brain can heal its wounds form the past.
Experience changes the brain every day.
The input you give your brain causes it to form new neural pathways.
The more positive the input, the better your brain will function.

In our new book, Super Brain, we expand upon the neuroscience behind these broad findings. The old view of the brain as fixed for life, constantly losing neurons and declining in function, has been all but abolished. The new brain is a process, not a thing, and the process heads in the direction you point it in. A Buddhist monk meditating on compassion develops the brain circuitry that brings compassion into reality. Depending on the input it receives, you can create a compassionate brain, an artistic brain, a wise brain, or any other kind.

However, as we see it, the agent that makes these possibilities become real is the mind. The brain doesn't create its own destiny. Genetics delivers the brain in a functioning state so that the nervous system can regulate itself and the whole body. It doesn't take your intervention to balance hormone levels, regulate heartbeat, or do a thousand other autonomic functions. But the newest part of the brain, the neocortex, is where the field of possibilities actually lies. Here is where decisions are made, where we discriminate, worship, assess, control, and evolve.

If you think of everyday experience as input for your brain, and your actions and thoughts as output, a feedback loop is formed. The old cliché about computer software - garbage in, garbage out - applies to all feedback loops. Toxic experiences shape the brain quite differently from healthy ones. This seems like common sense, but neuroscience has joined forces with genetics to reveal that right down to the level of DNA, the feedback loop that embraces mind and body is profoundly changed by the input processed by the brain.

Our aim was to cut to the chase. If input is everything, then happiness and well-being are created by giving the brain positive input. Without realizing it, you are here to inspire your brain to be the best it can be. This is much more than positive thinking, which is often too superficial and masks underlying negativity. The input that inspires the brain includes a wide array of things. Everyone wants to experience positive feelings (love, hope, optimism, appreciation, approval) without knowing how to get them. For all the theories that proliferate about happiness, from the brain's perspective, the formula is to maximize the positive messages being received by the cortex and minimize the negative ones.

What this implies isn't a brave new world of thought control or pretending that life is rosy. Life will always present challenges, setbacks, and crises. The point is to create a matrix that will allow you to best adapt to both sides, the light and the dark, of experience. In our book, we were particularly focused on a setup that would take people into old age with a brain that remains dynamic and resilient.

Here is our recommendation, having considered the most up-to-date neuroscience.

Matrix for a Positive Lifestyle
Have good friends.
Don’t isolate yourself.
Sustain a lifelong companionship with a spouse or partner.
Engage socially in worthwhile projects.
Be close with people who have a good lifestyle – habits are contagious.
Follow a purpose in life.
Leave time for play and relaxation.
Keep up satisfying sexual activity.
Address issues around anger.
Practice stress management.
Deal with the reactive mind’s harmful effects: When you have a negative reaction, stop, stand back, take a few deep breaths, and observe how you’re feeling.

Your brain will thrive in such a matrix, even as life brings its ups and downs. But by the same token, the brain can't arrive at any of these things on its own. You are the leader of your brain. We’ll expand on this theme in the next post, since the whole issue of feedback loops turns out to be vital for all kinds of brain functions, including memory and the prevention of feared disorders like Alzheimer's.

(To be cont.)

How to Inspire Your Brain

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  • when I was a little girl listening to my father-the-de-&-med-prof & his colleagues debating whether it was ETHICAL to allow companies who stood to profit from medical research to DO the research--most of his cronies felt the answer was no. The AMA chose yes--& so America's health has plummeted & suffered ever since. Thank you for being one of the good guys with MD behind his name Dr Deepak!

    Zeeva the Art of Wellness // 2012-12-03 15:14:09 // //
  • "...you are here to inspire your brain to be the best it can be." Access your most deeply rooted desires to discover the steady evolution that is taking place every moment, everywhere. Consciously foster positive growth by countering negativity more powerfully than it exists.

    Rock Love // 2012-12-06 23:56:58 // //

 

 

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  • Both parts really spoke to me. Dealing with discrimination for bipolar disorder when for me it is like brainstorming and I have to focus my thoughts on a particular topic using mindfulness techniques to prevent being overwhelmed. It also help to talk with children and elderly people more; I think because their closeness to God reflects in their wisdom. The timetable is the hardest part for me. Is it possible to get the book at no cost. My finances are tight right now because my husband was afraid of my bipolar because I was challenging him to change his thinking like mine had. I come out of the mental health hospitals healthier and on a different page that threatens people - they want the old me as they put it.

    Mary // 2013-02-20 12:04:03 // //
  • Thank you for those words! I am a recovering widow and can use all the help I can get to conquer the dark.

    baygirl33 // 2012-12-18 16:17:50 // //
  • very nice

    sunny // 2012-12-16 01:57:57 // //
  • Very inspiring...

    Jigar // 2012-12-10 09:40:33 // //
  • What about those of us who are in our sixties? Our spouse and all our friends have died. Do we have to give up on any hope for an inspired brain?

    Mara // 2012-12-08 12:38:03 // //
  • It seems rules of living have their opposite friend? In other words you say "do not isolate yourself" but do we not sometimes need times of isolation to "regroup" - "meditate" - can this opposite "friend" to each rule exist? Have a purpose driven life but then we need to "surrender to the universe and live in peace" - difficult for the brain to figure out? Thank you DC for all you do to keep us thinking and experiencing and being aware of the process!

    Balanced awakening // 2012-12-08 02:06:22 // //
  • Awesome!

    Sexy Spirituality // 2012-12-07 15:13:31 // //
  • Tis the future!

    Mary E. Matthews // 2012-12-07 00:22:21 // //
  • "...you are here to inspire your brain to be the best it can be." Access your most deeply rooted desires to discover the steady evolution that is taking place every moment, everywhere. Consciously foster positive growth by countering negativity more powerfully than it exists.

    Rock Love // 2012-12-06 23:56:58 // //
  • Did you write this Mike? Either way its a great article...

    Leo Terrazas // 2012-12-06 16:13:47 // //
  • Hi, just to let you know, the web page gives a warning to not open it. It seems the digital certificate has been expired or it's self-signed. If you need a hand with that, please let me know. Namaste!

    Luis Eduardo Vivero // 2012-12-06 13:58:24 // //
  • Peace Be With You! Thank you for sharing, Deepak! https://www.facebook.com/yourspiritualfriend?ref=tn_tnmn

    Your Spiritual Friend // 2012-12-06 13:33:53 // //
  • Seguindo a Visão Holística do Dr. Deepak Chopra..

    Carlos Eduardo // 2012-12-05 10:21:59 // //
  • Question is ,how do we all get there?

    Jay B. Lawrence // 2012-12-04 15:12:41 // //
  • Sesame street is the metaphor for a free and clear mind, devoid of negativity.

    Jay B. Lawrence // 2012-12-04 15:11:44 // //
  • Sunny day... sweepin' the clouds away, on my way to where the air is sweet... Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? Come and play, everything's a-okay. Friendly neighbors there, that's where we meet Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? It's a magic carpet ride... every door will open wide to happy people like you, happy people like, what a beautiful Sunny day... sweepin' the clouds away, on my way to where the air is sweet... Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street...?

    Jay B. Lawrence // 2012-12-04 15:11:01 // //
  • Por favor, si alguien sabe como puedo conseguir el CD del programa MTCD, que me lo diga aquí mismo. Graciassssssssssss

    Purificación Ruiz // 2012-12-04 14:12:55 // //
  • Estoy intentando encontrar el CD del programa MTCD en español. Si alguien puede ayudarme, por favor, que conteste aquí mismo. Gracias

    Purificacion Ruiz // 2012-12-04 14:10:47 // //
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    Armando Salvador // 2012-12-04 10:32:37 // //
  • For some years now I have made it a point to express to my brain my appreciation for healthy functioning of my body`s various operations. These might be good digestion, elimination, circulation, respiration, healing from wounds and sickness, etc. My general health in many of these areas are as good as ever at 64 years old, not that I don`t show various signs of aging. Friends, make friends with your brain. Give it love and appreciation.

    Ron Greenstein // 2012-12-04 00:31:49 // //
  • Admiring where its all going ...

    Madhuli // 2012-12-03 21:44:09 // //
  • The brain is a powerful but delicate energy that is directed by emotions, feelings and thoughts. I can channel by brain to create my destiny. Wow, so powerful!

    International Association of Hidradenitis Suppurativa Network // 2012-12-03 18:29:43 // //
  • read Connected! Amazing how energies are "caught".

    Cherie Hanson // 2012-12-03 15:29:02 // //
  • when I was a little girl listening to my father-the-de-&-med-prof & his colleagues debating whether it was ETHICAL to allow companies who stood to profit from medical research to DO the research--most of his cronies felt the answer was no. The AMA chose yes--& so America's health has plummeted & suffered ever since. Thank you for being one of the good guys with MD behind his name Dr Deepak!

    Zeeva the Art of Wellness // 2012-12-03 15:14:09 // //
  • I do think it is a golden age here would Love to know what I am suppose to do with all this Deepak ? Sitting here starring at the president of Egypt here on my screen here and Ahmed here in Egypt typed me no he is not a good man ... well here better be and be helping all you people .. on he comes here posting Judges well Italian Judge here just posted ... Jesus my Lord is under you here on my screen posting ...Accept yourself GOD does posted ... I do accept all of this .. such Love here I recieve from all over the world ... How crazy I am always taking pics of my TV screen ... now Libya comes on posting this and types LIBYA ... Yanni Queen here is now posting here after I typed Andy Grammar I remember your Queen tshirt ... Now Joesph from Africa comes on posting what cha think ... I think ... I think to much here ... Thank you .... <3

    Marlene Wood // 2012-12-03 15:12:30 // //
  • I trust no longer conclusion-led grant-baiting re're'search...

    Sonny Burlas // 2012-12-03 15:07:52 // //