Writers and scientists alike often describe the human brain in terms of space; specifically, they compare neurons in our brains to stars in a galaxy. I like this image, this connection between the infinite universe around us and the finite universe of our own selves. We have billions of neurons in our brains, and when we think and learn, we create and reinforce electrochemical paths between them. This is one aspect of the power of positive thinking.
Imagine, if you will, your own brain as a night sky, with great leaps of light crackling in bursts between your neuron stars. As you think new thoughts, as you experience new things, you create more connections, branches and loops and patterns of light across your sky. When you remember, you reinforce these shining paths.
Picturing my brain this way is not only a lovely idea, it makes me more aware of my own thoughts. I want to try to make as many connections as I can be positive ones, to forge paths of cheerfulness and blaze trails of beauty inside my own head. If we are literally shaping our own minds (as science now tells us is possible into adulthood and beyond!), let’s do it with as much love and joy as we possibly can by using the power of positive thinking.
The Power of Positive Thinking
It can be hard to do, to pull yourself out of anger or frustration, to turn negative thinking around just by reminding yourself that you’re being negative, but maybe picturing that image – twinkling neurons, crackling lightning bolts of thoughts sparking and arching across a seemingly infinite brainscape – is enough to help steer the mind away from derailing into negativity. Giving our brains that image to meditate on, we can at least guide our thoughts towards the beginning of a healthier path. I don’t want to wear negative grooves through my mind, dragging my feet, so to speak, back and forth over connections forged by bad habits. We may have a finite brain and body, but we have an infinite number of ways to think. Let us choose to try and think positive thoughts, to learn new things, to light up our brains with the good, not the bad.
The Power of Positive Thinking: A Beautiful Mind
Easier said than done, of course, but tonight, faced with a toy-strewn house and a sink full of dishes, I took a deep breath before plunging into cleaning, closed my eyes, and imagined. I saw, in the space behind my eyes, a galaxy; I imagined silvery branches of nerve cells shooting and stretching their electrical messages to one another, speaking a language of chemicals and electricity and organic life.
I tried to picture the loveliest things I know – my children’s faces, lit with laughter, evergreens against a summer sky, cascades of wild roses in bloom, spilling their fragrance into the air. I imagined my brain lighting up with these images, messages splashing like streams through their familiar beds, reinforcing the shape that beautiful things create in my mind. You don’t have to imagine your brain as a night sky, your neurons as stars. Maybe your neurons are trees with flexible branches, thoughts flitting like birds between them.
Perhaps you’d rather picture the sea, with waving coral and swirls of bubbles. However you’d like to imagine your own mind, make the picture a lovely one, and fill it with the best thoughts you can by using the power of positive thinking. That way, you are creating your own mind, and it will be a beautiful one.
Readers, what are your thoughts on the power of positive thinking?
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