Brain Detox vs Root CanalPosted on November 23, 2014 with 0 comments
I am home with a cracked tooth today - a crack head literally! lol Seriously, the tooth is cracked but the brain is still functioning - thanks in part to Dr. Leaf whose youtube talks I've been posting all over the place. It is good to have our minds renewed and transformed just as I'm getting ready to have my teeth "renewed" tomorrow. Ugh For me it just about takes a toothache to visit the dentist - how about you?
I used to have thoughts that healing the mind involved drugs, intense psycho sessions where you are pulled apart and then a week of pulling yourself back together while trying to function at work or as a semi pleasant parent or spouse only to be unravelled again at the next session. I also had visions of elec. shock therapy - quite unpleasant.
Although some of that is sometimes necessary, it's nice to know that healing doesn't always have to be so unpleasant or drawn out. Sometimes it's just little steps as Dr. Leaf shows us to do. In taking care of our teeth we are primarily on the defense - we brush and floss and rinse away all those little fibers that can form plaque and if we are acting on our intelligence, we get our cavities and dentures and gingivitus and all those lovely things fixed as soon as we start to become aware of a problem.
Exciting thing with being our own neuro plastician is that we don't have to just take a defense or detox mode. As we're detoxifying we are also building new thoughts that are like little plants which grow up to become big trees, making us more intelligent, more resilient and acting as a safeguard against the degenerative diseases of aging that assault the minds like plaque assaults our teeth. It only needs to add another 10 minutes to our day although it can be fit into our grooming or driving/taking the bus times.
Truthfully, as a beginner to the 21 Brain Detox, it probably takes me around 20 minutes. And if you're like me, starting it on a holiday as I did in the summer, my sessions went longer as I was dealing with a lot of grief and it stirred up a lot of emotion. But those moments were also very precious times spent with my Creator. And not only did we do a brain detox, but He began writing stories with me, stories that would help me remember the amazing things He was doing in my life and that would become part of my new story album. Crazy eh?
Now I'm back to scheduled work and I don't have time for those long, intense sessions, but I'm finding that what God is doing in those quick little sessions is amazing. The summer was like dental work - painful and slow. What I'm experiencing now is a bit like what I experience as I work with my Duolingo app every night. I'm slowly but steadily learning Spanish - a little bit every day. And I'm slowly but surely not only getting rid of toxic thoughts in the morning, but building in new ways of thinking, every day. A
Results - for my husband Larry who is also signed up for a year of Brain Detox and is only on day 11, he is now sleeping soundly after years of disrupted sleep. He now has a bounce in his step in spite of incredible stress that he is sometimes under. And for me, well, I'm sleeping better though not as well as he, and am definitely in a more creative season and seeing some unhealthy core belief systems shatter. It's exciting, it's wonderful and it's real. And it's just finding a practical way to do what the apostle Paul instructed us to do, "to be transformed by the renewing of your mind" and "whatsoever is lovely and of good report, think on these things".
To bring it back to the purpose of this blog which includes a FN perspective..........many of us (and I know this applies to all people, not just FN) are victims to systems of thought, generational trauma etc that go back so far that we no longer understand what normal feels like. Now, more than ever, the world - our families, our schools, churches, places of employment, communities and nations need us to be strong. And we were made to be a strong people - that is why we have survived. Strong communities start with strong individuals. Strong individuals do not stay in the victim mindset but at some point they take life by the boots and start making decisions - dozens of little decisions everyday, not only to survive, but to overcome. We become responsible for our own happiness and our own behavior. I encourage you by whatever means you have available, to be an overcomer and to take seriously the wonderful task of getting our minds renewed and transformed - it doesn't have to be as painful as a root canal!