First of all, here is a little bit of brain information: we know that brain' ability to make new connections, repair themselves and restructure is super important. This helps us learn new things, solve problems, and relate to the world. Can you imagine not being able to learn new things just because you were turning 50 soon? This would be so personally disturbing. We used to believe that the brain was a physiologically static organ, but new research is showing otherwise! Yaaa! The brain's plasticity, also known as neuroplasticity, describes how our experiences reorganize neural pathways. When we learn new things, our brains get structured accordingly. This is super exciting.
More exciting news that I learned from Karl Paulneck: there are FOUR things that stimulate the brain's neuroplasticity. Drum roll please......
- Intentional EXERCISE (and movement)
- NUMINOUS EXPERIENCES (experiences that take us away from our ego and when our sense of self is abosorbed, such as spiritual experiences or possibly singing in a choir/ playing in a band or group music making at Music Together)
I love that our brains are "plastic"!