65 Brain ChangePosted: June 26, 2013
In learning new thoughts to replace our old, perfectionistic ones, we find our brains taxed. Perhaps you remember hearing something like brain cells do not grow, we do not gain any more cells in our adult lives, or the saying “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Recent research totally contradicts these ideas. Brain cells do in fact grow in adults! Further, we can do things to aid their growth and retention. Marguex and I recently listened to a talk in which the speakers identified three key factors in helping our brains to develop and retain new brain cells: 1) Exercise, 2) Learn something new every day and 3) Focus intently on a subject matter for 15 minutes every day.*
For physical training is of some value. I Timothy 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9
I find interesting that these speakers dovetailed with the speaker we mentioned last blog. Yet, both talk about focus with different terminology. Like our bodies, our brains need to be exercised (use it or lose it). In addition, physical exercise helps the brain increase the flow of oxygen to the brain. This increased oxygen flow has been shown to actually aid the brain to repair after a brain injury. How amazing is that?
So, the Creator put within our beings the ability to focus on what is right, pure and praiseworthy and have it actually heal our physical minds at the same time.
Yet we need to do more than just focus—we also need to learn new things—receive and hear new things. Learning new things will give new brain cells something to do—namely, retain the new information we learn—put it into practice (again, use it or lose it).
We have used the excuse, “Old dogs can’t learn new tricks.” We are no longer deceived. It does not matter how old we are, we can always learn something new.
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*Donald & Jan Harvey, 2012 International Christian Counseling Conference of the American Association of Christian Counselors.