As humans, we are the only species with the ability to use our mind to change our mind. Essentially, we have the power to think about thinking.
Clearly, and I am no exception, this gift can be used to our demise in the form of over thinking, over analyzing, ruminating, doubting, fearing, and worrying. Or, it can be used to our advantage, designing a mind that evolves us towards our greatest potential.
To design a mind though, we need to change the brain. The brain lays the groundwork for the mind. Everything you’ve read, heard, and double-tapped about mindfulness and meditation included repatterining the brain to create that new frame of mind.
In the neuroscience sphere (I like to keep one foot in this ground and the other rooted in psychology), this is known as neuroplasticity. The brain’s ability to change itself. Like you, your brain is changing everyday, constantly creating new neural connections. Every morning you are waking up with a different brain than the one you had the day before. One with new memories, new connections, and new patterns.
What I’m interested in though, is self-directed neuroplasticity. Taking the driver’s seat in this continual creation process and designing a mind that best suits the direction we’re headed. That challenge requires awareness, attention, and consistency; but the reward is an entirely new form of existence.
It’s a powerful thing when you become the designer. Using your mind to forge new connections in the brain, reawaken or strengthen existing ones that are working for us, and dispose of the harmful ones that are no longer serving us. What you’re left with is a better brain, leading to a higher state of consciousness, and the cycle repeats. Building and expanding one round after another. Inwardly, you literally and figuratively become a new person. Outwardly, your reality changes. Because a mind by design is a life by design.
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.