Science of Mind Magazine Facebook Post – 11/30/2011
Research demonstrates that many parts of the brain respond to our fantasies and fears as though they were objectively real. Take money, for example. If you imagine you are rich, you’ll feel safe and protected, even if you are poor. But if you believe that you may be in financial trouble in the future, your amygdala will release a cascade of stress neurochemicals that can damage your heart and brain—even if you are a billionaire! Imaginary fears may occasionally motivate you to make money, but they can also stop your brain from taking any action at all.
A realistic assessment of your fantasies and fears helps maintain a healthy brain, but don’t give up your dreams of future happiness and success. These, too, are essential for neurological health. For example, meditating on prosperity makes you feel good because it stimulates the reward centers of your brain. But it’s not enough to propel your brain to take action. To do this, you’ll need to add several “ingredients” to generate a winning formula for success.
First, create a prosperity *plan*: Enter a deep contemplative state, and invite your subconscious to select a goal that you genuinely desire. Next, write down three initial steps that will bring you closer to your goal. Circle the one that you can do today; then meditate on this plan, knowing that it will stimulate the motivational circuits in your brain. Decide when to do it, and mark the time in your appointment book. At the end of the day, write down your progress, large or small, and savor the feeling of success. The neurochemicals that will be released will deepen the quality of your sleep.
In the morning, meditate on the next step that will bring you closer to your goal, repeating the steps above. You’ll quickly retrain your brain, transforming the “labor” of success into a pleasurably spiritual pursuit.
From the Science and Spirituality column by neuroscientists Mark Waldman and Andrew Newburg, MD, SOM 11/11.
I used to be able to dream & fantasize very vividly and could really get into them but so much has happened these past couple of years that I have seemed to have lost that ability. When I try now the images feel flat and unreal and therefore quickly fade away into the background noise or if I can have that moment that I am able to visualize good “something” snaps me back to reality. I guess when dreams have been realized but as quickly as they manifested and I was enjoying the moment those dreams were just as quickly taken from me. So I think this has played a part in my diminished visualization abilities or ”feeling” them as real. I cannot continue to allow the failures of the past to hold me back from what my Heart hungers for. I must break free of the shackles of the past and embrace the life I desire!