Think about it! Think about anything. We’ll need our brains to do it—our incredible mobile supercomputers that never sleep and control all the physical and mental processes of our bodies. Scientists say that our brains, like our muscles, need to be used often to stay strong and function well. Some talk about neural plasticity. This is the property of our brain that allows it to create new neural networks which help us to process our emotions, to think in certain ways, and to understand and learn new things; it is how our brains work. Children have the most brain flexibility. Isn’t it amazing how little kids soak up information to learn about their world and build their language and communication capabilities? It’s a good thing that most people go to school when they are young, our older brains may struggle to take in all the new ideas at a rapid-fire pace. As our brains age, it becomes more and more important to keep exercising our neurons. For example, doing math problems and mental calculations, make us better at doing math problems and mental calculations. Practice makes perfect! At any age, what we focus our thoughts on has a big impact on the quality and direction of our lives.
What are you fixing your brain on? Do you have a goal that you are working to achieve? Is your mind doing its part to give you the discipline to make the daily choices and take the actions to reach that milestone? If you are working on a change, like losing weight or breaking an addiction, is your brain helping or hindering your progress? Does your brain focus on your physical desires and temptations? Or are you able to create new patterns of thinking which bring new and improved behaviors? You have to get your “head in the game” if you want the best chance of winning. Sports professionals are told to envision themselves performing at top form. This helps prepare them for success during the actual competition.
Reading, listening, repeating words, songs and facts allows the brain to memorize and be able to recall them later. Our brains love to dwell and to get stuck on a circular loop. Repetition is essential for strengthening neural connections. These may be good brain networks to build. Sometimes your mind might get in a rut thinking about all the things you must do or latching on to worry or anxiety. What can you do to stop the cycle of negative thoughts? Many can find help and hope in mindfulness and meditation. That’s wonderful when relief can be found to your mental anguish by achieving control over the thoughts entering your brain. But it can be very difficult to clear thoughts from your mind and quiet your brain. Feelings of guilt, anger, loneliness, sadness, distress and other ideas fight hard for your attention. So rather than empty your brain, why not fill it? Fix your thoughts on God instead. Ask Him to replace old patterns of thinking with something new. What consumes your mind, will control your life. Fix your brain on praise, gratefulness, joy and love.
Let’s pray for one another that we can fix our brains on God and be filled with His perfect peace.