Another wellness-related newspaper entry has caught my attention. In today's Wall Street Journal, Laura Landro briefly reviews a new book written by Richard Davidson and Sharon Begley titled The Emotional Life of Your Brain. In her review, Landro writes the following:
"Contrary to the old dogma that the brain is genetically fixed in form and function, he (Davidson) says, the new understanding of "neuroplasticity" means the brain has the ability to change in significant ways throughout life, not only as a result of experiences but also by our own mental activity."
"The Emotional Life of Your Brain .... makes the case that we can reprogram our brains to help shed negativity and lead a better and more productive life. Dr. Davidson predicts this will have significant implications for the treatment of mental illness, attention deficit disorders, and autism. He also says individuals can make these changes on their own."
And this is a quote directly from the book - "Emotion works with cognition in an integrated and seamless way to enable us to navigate the world of relationships, work and spiritual growth (my emphasis added)."
We should not be surprised by Davidon's research findings. After all, about 2000 years ago the apostle Paul wrote -
"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." Romans 12:2
Indeed, as Davidson indicates, we can make changes on our own by being intentional with how we think. Yes, when we apply and practice this scriptural truth we can live a transformed life.
And oh, let's not forget, when we are transformed let's remember to give glory to God, our Creator, for the marvelous brain he's given us and for how we can be changed... with his help.
Now go start changing the way you think!
Note - A more detailed review of the same book along with an interview of the author, Richard Davidson, can be found Salon.com. There, Hannah Teper investigates how our feelings are more important to our health than we ever thought.
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