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Self-Directed Neuroplasticity: Mindfulness, Therapy and Sculpting the Self

How often have you heard someone say, “It’s just the way I am”?
Or, “It’s just who I am.”

Maybe defending themselves somehow.
Or limiting their options in some way.
Or undermining a sense of self-esteem.

And how often have you been the one saying it?
(Or maybe even just thinking it).

It can certainly seem that way sometimes – that we just ‘are who we are’ and there’s no getting around it. That we’re immutable, static, solid. (Stuck?)

Yet there’s another way of looking at all of this. Of looking at us.

For our brains tell a different story about who we are. They remind us that we, quite literally, can change at any time. That our behaviour – towards the world and towards ourselves – actually shapes us, from moment to moment, right down to a synaptic level.

And they hint at another saying:


“If you always do
what you’ve always done,
you’ll always get
what you’ve always got.”*


So what are you doing with your brain?

And how might you use it more mindfully to sculpt your self?

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Self-Directed Neuroplasticity: Mindfulness, Therapy and Sculpting the Self

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  1. Thanks for a wonderful blog- it offers an option to the feeling of being “stuck” with the negative feelings and imprints of pain. The very fact that we can do something increases the sense of mastery about healing ourselves.- Suzanne

  2. I find it fascinating regarding the brain. Did you know that verbal abuse (alone) can physically re-configure the brain?

    Fortunate to be born with an optimistic outlook on life. Good thing, or I might be drooling in a corner.

    I have overcome a childhood of poverty, abuse and molestation, and then 36 of abusive “marriage” and then…divorce..voted out of membership in a church, with my name up on a big screen, followed by the words, “Conduct Unbecoming a Child of God.”

    I am in school at age 64, because I won a scholarship….it was because of what I wrote about my life.

    In essence, I have put my “life” in my book, Sanctuary of the Soul (poems of anguish, healing, hope, comfort and celebration) and am amazed and humbled at my endorsements: Elie Wiesel, Wayne Dyer, Nikki Giovanni, Oriah, Drs. Larry Dossey, Alice Miller, et al…

    My mind has many flowers and much hope for making a difference in the world!

    • Wonderful to hear how you’re flourishing despite so many earlier painful times, Alicia… and maybe some of your life now is you re-configuring your own brain/mind??

      I love what you say about “my mind has many flowers” – long may they bloom


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