Not long ago scientists believed that the brain was hardwired, fixed by the time we become adults and had only a set number of brain cells that die as we get older. Recent science advances in the last decade tell us this is simply not true.
The brain is able of change at any age. It is adaptable, like plastic, hence we call this process neuroplasticity. Even in old age we still have the ability to produce new brain cells (neurogenesis).
At Refocus, we like to think of the brain as a dynamic power grid, with billions of roads lighting up every time we think, feel or do something. Some of these roads are well-travelled and represent our habits. Established ways of thinking, doing and feeling. These roads are strengthened every time we practice an activity or feel a specific emotion. We feel more and more comfortable venturing down these pathways with each ‘visit’.
When we think about something differently, learn a skill or experience a previously foreign emotion, we dig out a new road. Eventually, if we keep travelling down this new road, our brains start to use it more. With more use, the old road is used less and weakens.
This is how we rewire the brain to change behaviour, health and thought patterns for the better, leaving behind “stuck states” or unwanted emotions.