Our brain, that chunk of gray tissue sitting inside our skull, is a very powerful tool. It is a fascinating organ and can solve many of our problems or at least provide the direction and wisdom we need to have a degree of mental health and success in life.
The Bible states in Proverbs 23:7 that, “as a man thinks within his heart, so he is.” There is a lot of wisdom that can be drawn from this verse. I am currently reading a book titled “Switch On Your Brain…The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health” by Dr. Caroline Leaf, a Christian Neuroscientist. Her book discusses various facets of the brain, how it works, the messages it sends to itself and to our consciousness.
Without getting too complicated, Dr Leaf writes in her book that a miswiring of brain regions involved in the default mode network, leads to all kinds of ups and downs which may even be part of disorders ranging from Alzheimer’s to Schizophrenia. She also writes that toxic thinking produces this miswiring resulting in a decrease of activity in the task positive network. This causes maladaptive, depressive ruminations and a decrease in the ability to solve problems. This makes us feel foggy, confused, negative and depressed.
So, what’s my point in this anatomy lesson of the brain? It’s just this—your mind can powerfully and unexpectedly change your brain in positive ways when you intentionally direct your attention. “Direct your attention to what?” you might ask. It’s the kind of internal dialogue (thinking) that you have with yourself that affects the outcome of whatever you’re dealing with. Here’s an example of toxic thinking that most, if not all of us, can identify with. “I’ll never be able to….(you fill in the blank here).”
When you think this way, guess what, you will act exactly the way you are thinking. God gave us a brain to function in this life with peace, wisdom, and happiness. Through our meditating on scripture, we wire our brain in such a way as to have positive thoughts about ourselves and the outcome of our lives. One disclaimer here, this is not in any way a blog post supporting the religious point of view of “name it and claim it.”
God wants only the best for us. He has given us the ability to have peace, happiness and wisdom as long as we have positive thinking and not toxic thinking that brings us down. “As a man thinks within his heart, so he is” can be the key to our happiness and success in the life God has given us.