What we know today about the brain could only be guessed about even a short 10 years ago.
But unless this new neuroscience can help us in our daily lives, there’s little to no purpose for most of us to learn about it.
There’s this one piece of neuroscience that I teach in every single one of my classes because it’s so incredibly potent. I literally watch people’s faces light up in relief and understanding as they learn about the Default Mode of Brain function.
Because we all do it. Our brains all do it. And unless we learn how to skillfully deal with it, it can steal our daily peace and happiness.
So here’s the question….Have you ever laid in bed at night and thought and worried and ruminated about something hour after hour? Thoughts piling up, one on top of another, and sleep getting ever farther away?
If you’re beyond the age of 15, the answer is yes.
How do I know?
Because we all do it.
Not through choice… but through basic and incredibly normal brain activity.
Our brain’s slip into what’s now being called the Default Mode of Brian function any time and every time we’re not engaged in a task. So when we’re sitting in our car at a red light. Or for me, it’s when I’m stirring the pasta at home. Or when we’re lying in bed at night. In all of these instances, we’re not mentally engaged in anything, and so the brain takes over.
And the brain’s number one job is to help us to survive.
So left to it’s own devices, in this Default Mode, it’s going to force you either back into the past or forward into an imagined future so as to find and focus on your problems.
Notice how you don’t lie awake at night thinking of all the good stuff that’s happening in your life?
Nope. You think about the negative stuff. Why? Because it’s the negative stuff that might impact your ability to survive…at least to your brain. So your brain wants you to focus on that stuff pretty much all of the time, so that it can potentially be working on the solutions.
So I tell students: though your brain is beautifully designed for your survival, it isn’t as beautifully designed for your happiness.
I really hope you watch this short video, which literally teaches you how you can use mindfulness to quiet this Default Mode of Brain function, to help you sleep better, to help you get out of that state of focusing on all your problems all the time to be able to live a little, laugh a little, love a little more freely.
I know this can help you!
With tons of love,