Superbrain: I’ll have one of those thanks

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My Superbrain

I’m trying to access my Superbrain.

If I succeed, my ‘mind’ will control my ‘brain’ rather than the other way round.

Superbrain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being (co-authored by neurologist Rudolph E. Tanzi and spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra), explores neuroplasticity, consciousness and how to access our very own Superbrain.

Neuroplasticity is the relatively new discovery that the brain is capable of evolving and changing throughout life –it can literally rewire itself. This is why people have recovered from horrific accidents, strokes and illness to regain fully functioning brains. The damaged brain builds new synapses to compensate for loss by creating alternative pathways.

Neuroplasticity reverses the old belief  that we are stuck with the brain we are born with and that it degenerates over time. Research into memory-loss and aging show that we can reverse brain deterioration, learn new skills and retain our cognitive functions throughout life. This is very encouraging, particularly for those at risk of developing Alzheimers disease and other forms of dementia.

When I saw the title ‘Superbrain’, I couldn’t resist – who wouldn’t?  However, the title is a little misleading because the reality is that neuroplasticity research is still too new to provide specific techniques for the general population. Nevertheless, the authors do offer several (familiar) suggestions including alleviating stress, being sociable, mastering new skills, remaining physically active and eating healthily.

By far the most engaging aspect of Superbrain is Tanzi’s and Chopra’s interpretation of mind over brain (or mind over matter). Our brains often prevent us from working productively with our mind. Mind refers to our consciousness. The brain is an instrument of consciousness, but it is created in the mind. Our minds connect us to creativity, peace and an optimal future. The brain doesn’t necessarily want to play fair and usually hijacks the process. The result is repetitive thinking, negative thoughts, damaging relationships, an oversized ego and unhappiness.

Superbrain aims to free our mind from our brains. This involves a process of rewiring the brain to create peace, harmony and creativity. We’re encouraged to step back from our thoughts, observe our brain and then control it to achieve what we desire.

Neuroplasticity is a breakthrough in brain research and Tanzi and Chopra do a good job of explaining how rewiring our brains can lead to a superbrain.

It’s a great start and I’m sure there is plenty more to discover in this new and exciting scientific realm.

Resources:
Super Brain
: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being [Rudolph E. Tanzi, Deepak Chopra]

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Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.



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  1. Great article Sue. Am rather familiar with my hijacking superbrain – hence attempts to increase MINDfulness through meditation and such!

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