Change Habits Using the Power of the Mind

October 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Upbeat Ideas

You have approximaely 30 billion neurons, the nerve cells that conduct information throughout your brain and down into your body.

It has  been estimated that your brain has  100,000 miles of neural fibers  created as your neurons  communicate with each other.

How Power of Mind Works. Everything making up your power of mind is stored on such physical neural-pathways. Each time you think a thought, it is communicated among your neurons via tiny electro-chemical messages.

The first time you learn something new, a new neural pathway is created. The next time you have that experience, your brain will follow the same pathway. This is how a thought or action becomes a habit.

Then each time you act out that habit, the more physically durable the neural pathway holding it will become.  That is why it is so hard to break a habit. Your habit is wired into your brain as actual physical connections.

Using Mind Power to Change Habits.

If you have  habits you would like to change, start by recognizing the fact that you cannot just  rationalize them away. You will have to create neural pathways that are stronger that the one you wish to change. Two things create strong neural pathways: Repetition, and intense emotion.

You can use your mind power to change a habit by: (1)  Allowing yourself to feel some intense emotion about the habit you want to change, (2) choosing a new positive behavior or thought pattern, (3) associating your new pattern with even stronger positive emotion, (4) rewarding yourself with praise each time you replace the old pattern with the new one, and (5)  repeating this as often as possible.

By doing this you are  creating physical changes in your brain – rewiring the neural pathways that will change that habit.

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Our Brain’s Mysterious Glial Cells

November 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Build Mind Power

neuronsNew experiments with the brain’s glial cells have shed light on some of the most mysterious aspects of the mind. Glial cells make up nearly 90 percent of cells in the brain.

Until the last 20 years, brain scientists believed neurons communicated to each other, represented our thoughts, and that glia represented the cement  holding the brain together.  They were considered to be mere insulators for neurons.

But recently scientists have begun to focus on a particular type of glial cell – astrocytes — that are very abundant in the cortex. Interestingly, we humans have the most, and the biggest, astrocytes in our cortex.

Scientists have discovered that astrocytes are the adult stem cell in the brain. They also communicate among themselves via calcium waves, and are  capable of sending information to neurons. They also control blood flow to important regions of activity in the brain.

Harvard University’s Stephen W. Kuffler was the first to discover that astrocytes exhibit an electrical potential, much like neurons. Since then many researchers have completed experiments on the ability of glial cells to communicate with neurons, and have discovered that glial cells respond to and release neuro transmitters just like neurons.

Astrocytes monitor neurons and can induce neurons to fire, and therefore modulate neuron behavior. Neuronal activity without astrocyte processing is a simple reflex — anything more complicated might require astrocyte intervention. This could mean that the calcium waves created by astrocytes are our thinking mind.

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