I recently attended the best motivational conference in the world and much of it was about meditation and brain science. The take home message for changing your life boiled down to two concepts. If you want to change behaviors, you need to spend 5-10 minutes a day meditating because it will take you to that inner space that allows you to make the changes in your life. The second strategy was that if you want to be successful, you have to practice mental rehearsal for the changes that you want to see in your life!
When you can get your intentions to match your behaviors, you create the needed feelings and actions that can change your life. This means that you can heal the scars from the past and create the reality or the future once you apply it, personalize it and make your actions equal to your thoughts.
Although this sounds so “airy fairy”, the truth is this strategy changes your brain chemistry. These behaviors train your brain to make changes in your life that empower you into mastery. You align your intentions with your behaviors and your actions to match your vision which produces chemicals that provide emotions that reinforce your strengths and your desires for your own reality to come true. Therefore, much of what you believe about yourself can be altered by creating the chemicals in your brain that will produce the feelings that you want. When you produce those feelings, they reinforce what you believe about yourself, your intentions, and your ability to get things done. Feelings are the driver to produce neurochemicals that change your brain neuro-circuitry.
As you change your neuro-circuitry, they wire and fire together
which then sets up the brain to work differently.
The mental rehearsal allows you to create the event that you were envisioning and your brain supports you. You create a scenario in which you experience successful feelings which allows you to live a certain way and then you act it out accordingly which creates a synergy that supports the ongoing changes to take your life to that next level.
It does not mean that you have the power to change all of life's circumstances but you have the power to learn from them, to alter how they effect you and then to do the things that you need to do to feel confident about the changes that you would like to see.
This equates into confidence and mastery. Now you have created a map for the future which means you have learned to sync up your intentions with your behavior and your actions and more importantly you have learned to eliminate the old thoughts and behaviors that stopped you from achieving your goals and dreams.
I've been a psychotherapist for 35 years and in the past 10 years I have learned that people who have depression, or who have experienced trauma or have addictions, requires that I help them to understand that they're old behaviors have not served them well. I always ask them what they want and I ask them to describe it in great detail convincing them to use mental rehearsal which allows them to see themselves as being the catalyst for change. People make changes when they discover the formula for changing how they feel and then repetitively seeing themselves accomplishing their goals.
Meditation allows you to intuitively know what you want and mental rehearsal creates the map to practice doing it!