Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas - Desiderata

Merry Christmas to all of you … From the depths of my heart to yours …

Especially to those of you who, like me, are oceans away from their homeland, on Christmas day. We know, better than anyone possibly could, how much strength it takes to go through these holidays, watching the world around us rejoice and celebrate …

Draw peace and strength in the beauty of nature all around us … When I was a little girl, it was the sea, holding me, nurturing me lovingly in her embrace, drowning my tears and cradling me within the depths of its gentle essence …

Today, so far away from my beloved Mediterranean sea, I inhale deeply the scent of pine trees in the air, I look to the majesty of mountains, the quietness of the woods to remind myself the words of Max Ehrmann in his beautiful Desiderata:

“Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. You have a right to be here.”

Brain Plasticity

Brain Plasticity - A chain link fence - Human brain

This is what we call brain plasticity.

Working with the brain to create new, better, more beneficial neural pathways.

Modern research has demonstrated the brain is malleable. Capable of creating new neural pathways and altering existing ones to improve our overall functioning and the functioning of our nervous system.

In 1890, psychologist William James already commented in his book The Principles of Psychology that “organic matter, especially nervous tissue, seems endowed with a very extraordinary degree of plasticity.”

By the 1960s, researchers began to investigate the capacity of adults having suffered massive strokes to regain functioning, thereby demonstrating the malleability of the brain.

Modern science has now proven the capacity of the brain to rewire itself after severe damage. I’m living proof of that. Having survived catastrophic injuries and accidents I shouldn’t have been able to survive taught me first hand how to dive deep into the resources of our brain.

Today, this is what I teach. I train “Athletes of the Mind.”

Your mind controls everything. Control your mind, control everything.

© Genvièv Martin-Bernard.

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