It's possible to improve your life by rewiring your brain.

Psychologist Rick Hanson said, "Attention is like a combination spotlight and vacuum cleaner: It illuminates what it rests upon and then sucks it into your brain — and your self."
Paul Deger's article focused on a single aspect of mindfulness — the use of awareness to bring about the cessation of suffering — specifically suffering originating from rumination.
But mindfulness doesn't stop there. Research shows that contemplative practices, such as mindfulness meditation, can literally change the brain.
The scientific explanation for this "rewiring of the brain" is called “experience-dependent neuroplasticity.”
Our brain changes with experience, and we get good at what we practice. The neural networks that you exercise become stronger, and eventually the thought patterns and mental habits that are being represented by those neural networks get stronger and become effortless and automatic. The most powerful way to change your brain is not actually medication, it’s behavior, because that’s what it’s designed to change in relation to — not just any behavior, specifically mental behavior or mental habit. William James called habit “the basic structure of mental life.”
Once you make the decision to change your thought patterns, there's a variety of techniques you can use, depending on your needs and lifestyle. Here are a few resources to explore as you embark on this new, happier, more focused chapter of your life. Good luck!
  • On achieving and maintaining focus.
  • A loving-kindness meditation so simple that it can even be done with kids.
  • Walking meditation just may be the ultimate exercise for optimal health.
  • For many additional tools, check out the resources from the Center for Mindfulness.
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