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How to clean up your brain, Part 1

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Does your brain feel like a mess?

Does it feel like you have competing thoughts, swirling around and crashing into each other? Do you often get overwhelmed by those competing thoughts, to the point that it renders you unable to concentrate on one thing?

If you answered yes, guess what… me too!

But take heart, because a) having lots of thoughts firing off at once is how a brain works, and b) you can exercise your ability to focus and really master that skill, so you can cut through the noise and work with the thought you need to.

 

Choppy Seas

Think about a body of water that is agitated and choppy. Lots of waves undulating up and down with constant movement.

Your brain has lots of energy always coursing through it, activating neurons and neural networks, that produce the thoughts programmed into those neurons.

It’s estimated that the human brain thinks between 50 to 70 THOUSAND thoughts per day. Those are some choppy seas!

Of course all of those thoughts can’t be observed by our conscious awareness. The majority of those thoughts happen in the subconscious, where they are safe and sound and can be accessed for quick, efficient use.

But understanding this also explains why there are some behaviors that are so freaking hard to change! Not only are there programmed neurons that regularly fire off that are part of the offending behavior, but there are also patterns embedded in your body connected to those neural networks. 

And once a stimuli outside of the neuron “puts a quarter in it”, a process is started that is hard to stop.

But therein lies the key to cleaning up your brain… awareness of what is at that beginning point. What is the thought that is manifest when a neural network (group of neurons) is fired up?

 

Looking at your WEBs

When you figure that out you can follow the pattern that then plays out. I call these W.E.B.’s. That stands for Words, Emotions, Behaviors. Just like cobwebs, they can easily go unnoticed. And just like any webbed material, the webbing makes them stronger. 

  • Words are how you understand what your brain is thinking.
  • Emotions are how you understand the communication between your brain and body.
  • Behavior is how you understand what is being communicated to your body.

Once you start identifying your personal WEBs, you create understanding. Understanding alleviates confusion and creates compassion. And when you move into a space of compassion and acceptance for what the machine you live in is creating, you can then start to hack it and insert some new WEBs. 

In the next blog post we’ll talk about that first component to your WEBs, WORDS.

 

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