Neuroplasticity 101

"Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." 

George Bernard Shaw

The Rewire workshops are based on the model of neuroplasticity. The definition of neuroplasticity is, "the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience or following injury."

It has only been in the last decade that neuroscientists have reached a consensus that the brain can change throughout one's life. This knowledge has had a significant impact on approaches to mental health and the treatment of mental illness.

The brain's primary function is to survive, but learning skills to cope more effectively with thoughts and emotions helps people thrive. We can develop new pathways with intention and consistent practice. Maladaptive behaviors can give way to healthier ways of responding. Learning how to apply mindfulness to thoughts helps one worry less and frees up energy for more constructive ideas and endeavors. We are the result of our thinking. Although it takes a persistent effort to cultivate awareness of our thoughts, the benefit is having more control over our emotional lives and subsequent decisions.