Linda Mitchell, Board Certified Professional And Executive Coach, Speaker, Workshop Leader, Reinvention Expert
Member of International Coaching Federation
Founder of LIVING INSPIRED Coaching
Linda Mitchell, founder of LIVING INSPIRED Coaching, has been practicing in the coaching and healing arts for over 20 years, operating from a deep desire to empower people to move through life’s many transitions and challenges with ease, confidence, and grace in order to emerge more purposeful and passionate. Through her signature “Reinvention Program” Linda creates a safe space for busy people to find clarity, reclaim balance, identify and move past the blocks that have kept them stuck so they can define, create and step into their next meaningful role with purpose, passion, focus and confidence.
These powerful and transformational tools will help you replace feelings of overwhelm and fear with focus, peace, and clarity. Learn how to reclaim balance, better health and find more time for what’s really important to you! If you’re ready to confidently step into the next part of your journey, awaken to wellness and emerge more powerful, passionate, focused and fulfilled, connect with Linda.
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Rewire Your Brain
by Linda Mitchell, BCPC
Recent research shows that our thoughts literally rewire our brain - daily! This discovery in Western medicine within the last few decades supports what many ancient wisdom traditions have known all along – our thoughts, beliefs and outlook have profound physical implications that affect our brains.
For the past 400 years, Western science believed the adult brain remained fixed and unable to change unless it was declining. Many recent discoveries definitively disapprove this profound misunderstanding. We now know that brain anatomy continues to grow and change throughout life. When you change your mindset you change your brain through conscious thoughts, actions and experiences. Neuroplasticity is the term that describes our brain’s ability to change and explains how thoughts and experiences reorganize neural pathways in the brain. Long lasting functional changes in the brain occur when we learn and practice new things. These changes in neural connections are what we call neuroplasticity. Neuro refers to our nervous system and Plasticity refers to the malleable quality of our brains.
This body of research provides the scientific foundation for the reason why coaching and many self-help practices are so effective. It shows that human nature is much more fluid than originally thought and can be transformed by changing the focus of our thoughts, energy and movement. Empowering people through coaching is actually helping them re- wire their brains in many productive and exciting ways! Norman Doidge, author of The Brain That Changes Itself, is a distinguished scientist, medical doctor, professor and psychiatrist. He primarily writes about the science of neuroplasticity, which developed from a growing understanding that the human brain is in fact capable of significant change, self-repair and healing. Much of the change in our brain begins with conscious habits of thought and action, by teaching the brain to “rewire itself”. The brain changes as it works – constantly. “Hundreds of studies went on to demonstrate that mental activity is not only the product of the brain but the shaper of it,” says Doidge who goes on to say, “It became apparent that this link between mind, brain and energy really is central to who we are and what we do. Within the lab, within science, within neurophysiology, neuroplasticity is established fact – nobody is challenging it.”
So exactly what allows our brains to change structure and function? Each brain contains groups of synapses separated by empty space called the synaptic cleft. With each thought, one synapse shoots a chemical across the cleft to another synapse, thus building a bridge for the electric signal carrying the relevant information you’re thinking about. The more often you think the same thought the closer these synapses get, decreasing the distance the electrical charge must cross. The more often you have positive thoughts about something you want in your life, the closer these synapses become. Soon that positive thought becomes your dominant thought, effectively replacing the negative “old tapes” that you’ve likely played in your head for years.
By learning to integrate empowering new beliefs and focusing on positive thoughts you are actually reshaping your brain and changing your physical reality. By choosing new actions, new ways of thinking and new activities, you can change your outlook, strengthen healthy synapses, improve mental function and grow empowering new brain circuits. You are literally rewiring your brain by changing your beliefs and thoughts and in the process you can heal trauma and undesirable old patterns. This is one powerful way I support my clients in creating positive changes in their bodies, brains and lives. We think an average of 60,000 thoughts per day. With every thought, the brain is actually changing and reshaping itself. The synapses that have grown closer through repetition create the strongest bonds, shaping your thoughts, skills, habits, perceptions, outlook, and even your belief of what is possible. Repetitive thoughts strengthen these pathways and when the moment arises for you to form a thought, the thought that wins is the one that has the shortest distance to travel- the one that will cross the synaptic cleft the fastest. I want my default thought to be a positive one – don’t you? This is exactly why I encourage clients to celebrate their successes, even small ones, on a daily basis and to focus often on the positive experiences they desire. Furthermore, doing so means synapses in the brain associated with sadness, regret and fear have less chance of triggering before the positive thoughts that are repeated over and over. If you continue to exercise the synapses of
“much of the change in our brain begins with conscious habits of thought and action, by teaching the brain to “rewire itself”, the brain changes as it works – constantly.” love, gratitude and positivity you will rewire your brain to truly experience happiness, joy, success, vibrant health and all that you desire.
Neuroscience shows that what we focus on also expands inside our brain as the synapses move closer together and new neural pathways strengthen. These groundbreaking neuroplasticity findings emphasize the power of the law of attraction and show that choosing what we focus on is fundamental to shaping our brain chemistry, health and structure. Even our imagination can alter our neurons and change our brains. This is why guided visualizations are so powerful! During guided visualizations our brains begin to “try out” whatever it is we are imagining. Our brain fires synapses as if the experience was actually happening to us. Our brains do not discriminate between the synapses fired in response to real versus imagined experiences. Clearly this means even our imagined experiences help rewire our brains! When we rewire our brains with joy, gratitude, and happiness we create health; conversely, if we strengthen the synapses of stress, fear, negativity and anger, we elevate stress hormones, lower our immune function and create fertile ground for the resulting health issues.
Actions and movement are also a powerful part of neuroplasticity. Even movements such as deep breathing exercises or creating a personal success move (think of athletes in the end zone) help reach our goals. Our brains are part of our physicality so combining positive actions and movements with imagination, empowering visualizations, affirmations and guided imagery will create powerful results. Happy rewiring!
Linda Mitchell, a Board Certified Transformational Coach and regularly featured expert on WOR radio 710’s CYACYL (Change Your Attitude Change Your Life) program, is founder of Linda LIVING INSPIRED Coaching. As a coach, speaker and practitioner in the healing arts for over 20 years, Linda operates from a deep desire to empower people to move through life’s many challenges and transitions with ease and grace. She helps busy people who are stuck, in pain or ready for change to reclaim balance, better health and connect with their inner wisdom in order to define, create and truly live the life they desire. Connect with her at www.LivingInspiredCoaching.com or [email protected]