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How Do Techniques Change Your Brain?
The key to making whatever changes you’d like to make in your life is learning to connect to an inner experience of calm, ease, and contentment – an experience we call “the core”.
We all have the potential to experience the core. But you can make the experience more accessible by activating the mid-prefrontal cortex of your “head brain” (the MPFC for short) and what has come to be known as your “heart brain.”
The techniques we teach on this site can all help to activate your MPFC and heart brain – but there are two techniques that can directly connect you to the core experience. They are mindfulness and heart-centering.
The other techniques, when used in conjunction with mindfulness and heart-centering, help to correct the physical and emotional imbalances that get in the way of your experiencing the calm, ease, and contentment of your core.
Here’s a quick summary of how the other techniques work to balance your brain and body and make it easer for you to connect to your core:
- Breathing techniques are particularly effective for balancing your autonomic nervous system (ANS) which controls your energy level. Depending on which ones you use, breathing techniques can relax you when you’re tense, or energize you when you’re depleted. When you’re neither tense nor exhausted, it’s easier to connect to your core.
- Relaxation exercises are especially effective for reducing muscle tension. When your muscles are more relaxed, your mind is calmer and your core is more accessible.
- Imagery can be used for a lot of things, but it is particularly good at balancing the left and right hemispheres of your brain. This makes it easier for your MPFC and heart-brain to work together, making the experience of your core more available.
- Concentration techniques are great for focusing your mind. When you practice any technique with a focused mind, it becomes more effective. A focused mind has the added benefit of making you more effective at whatever you’re doing.
- Mindful, heartful cognitive behavioral techniques can be very powerful when what you’re looking for is significant, long-term change. They’re especially helpful for dislodging entrenched negative emotions like anger, fear, and depression, or for getting over stubborn bad habits.
Whatever technique or techniques you choose to do, the more often you practice them – and in fact, the more often you simply remember that you always have the potential to connect to that core experience of calm, ease, and contentment . . .
the more effective the techniques will become,
the more you will change your brain and your body,
and the easier it will be for you to make lasting changes in your own life –
and help others make changes in theirs.
Other Site-In-A-Nutshell Pages:
Bare Bones Techniques
How Do You Change Your Brain?
How Do You Develop Good Habits
Creating a Program to Use the Techniques
to Change Your Life
What Does “Remember to Breathe” Mean?