Friday, May 27, 2016

You Are What You Think

The brain is an amazing organ.  I have always been fascinated with neurology and as a music therapist I often took the chance to go to seminars on the latest research on the brain and learning or on how music affects the brain.  It never ceases to amaze me how I would sit in a seminar 20 years ago and be told, "we use to believe....but now we know...." in regards to the brain and those same statements are still being made today.  It is such a complex organ.

A few days ago, I read this article by Fast Company that explained how our brain prunes less important information while we sleep and keeps the more important information streamlined and organized so when we wake up we can use it more efficiently.  It amazes me that our brain is designed to do that every time we sleep!  In fact, even a 10 minute nap will help streamline the information in our brain.  The article explained the importance of sleep in this process, but it finished with the fact that we can help our brain determine what is the important information to keep and what is the garbage to throw away.  This is done by what we choose to think about.  We tell our brain what to keep by what we spend time thinking about.  So, if you are spending a good portion of your day thinking about how upsetting it was to have that pile of work on your desk, guess what your brain is going to keep?

I guess this is why there are several verses in the Bible that remind us to think on good things.  In fact, sometimes the word "meditate" is even used.  As I have researched different ways to ease my chronic migraines, meditation has been a consistent topic that pops up in my research.  Obviously, what I choose to meditate on is vitally important!  Let's look at what the Bible has to say.

Psalm 119:15 (NIV) "I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways."

Philippians 4:8 (NLT) "And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."

What is something to meditate on to keep hardwired in your thoughts at all times?  Try Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast."

God has designed our brains beautifully so that we can change them to think more like Him.  Have you made the choice to think on godly things?

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