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Joe Dispenza

The Science of Changing Your Mind

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    Your brain and you

    Take a moment, and picture what you did this morning. Maybe even close your eyes to help you summon up the details. 

    Whether you slowly shuffled to make your morning brew, or sprang from bed full of energy and ready to take on the day, your brain did a lot just revving itself up into an active state. Perhaps your morning included making breakfast, grooming yourself, and getting dressed. Did you plan out your day, check emails, or chat with family? 

    Let’s break that all down, and consider how many remarkable things your brain is doing in the first hour of the day. 

    Moving from sleep into waking consciousness is a complex electrochemical process. To stand up and move, your brain processes sensory input from your environment and sends signals for muscle movement. Your visual cortex processes your journey to the bathroom even if your eyes are barely open, and your memory of previous mornings helps your brain anticipate what comes next.

    You didn’t even have to think about breathing or blinking or swallowing. You didn’t focus on keeping your heart beating, your body temperature steady, or your blood circulating either. And things get even more complex when food or drink hits your system, and a flurry of chemicals called neurotransmitters are released, causing a cascade of effects from raising your blood sugar to kicking off digestion. 

    If you thought about the day ahead, you activated even more areas of the brain – ones that handle reasoning and decision-making. Adept at predicting the future from past experience, these areas help you make good long-term decisions. After all, you might not feel like going to work or paying bills today, but you’ve learned that not doing so can come with serious consequences.

    If you woke up with challenges like pain, trauma, addiction, or mental illness, you know all too well how the brain shapes the way you experience the world. But does that make your biology or history your destiny? Not necessarily, because the brain is also incredibly adaptable. 

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    What is Evolve Your Brain about?

    Evolve Your Brain (2007) dives deep into the human brain and its structures. It demonstrates the power of neuroplasticity to change thinking, behavior, and biology.

    Who should read Evolve Your Brain?

    • Curious minds who are, well, curious about their minds
    • Self-help fans seeking brain-based advice on achieving their goals
    • Anyone with a brain wondering why it didn’t come with an owner’s manual

    About the Author

    Joe Dispenza is a New York Times best-selling author, consultant, and international speaker on topics of self-development. His other books include Becoming Supernatural, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, and You Are the Placebo.

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