Brain Plasticity, or neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to change and adapt over the course of a lifetime. Unlike the body, which reaches a certain point and stops growth, the brain is not a static, fixed structure. Rather it is dynamic and adaptable to its present environment.
Brain plasticity is a physical process in which gray matter shrinks or thickens and neural pathways develop, weaken or even disconnect. These changes may result in a new skill such as learning how to play an instrument, or a diminished skill such as forgetting someone’s name.
Traditional neuroscience suggests that the brain of an average five-year-old has an immense capacity for learning new tasks and skills. Therefore, the neuroplasticity potential of this child’s brain is very high. By comparison the brain of someone in their mid-eighties frequently demonstrates less of an ability to seek out new ideas and skills and may have a reduced memory capacity and lack of mental sharpness. In this instance the neuroplasticity would be regarded as quite low. While this illustration has some degree of accuracy, research has shown that the brain actually is in a state of constant change throughout adult life. These changes can be altered depending upon the demands that are placed upon the brain.
Neuroplasticity, Mindfulness and NLP
While neuroplasticity, mindfulness and NLP are different in how the impact the brain, they work well to complement the effectiveness of the other. NLP impacts the way an individual thinks about something and the state of mind that they choose within that reality, however it does not change the overall cognitive function. Comparatively, mindfulness can help improve both your mood and cognitive function by providing a meditative state of rest for the brain.
New neural pathways within the brain can be formed using NLP and mindfulness techniques. This can lead to the formation of new habits, either good or bad. In order to realize success in life, we must align our habits with beneficial goals. There can be resistance at first because the ego creates a form of familiarity and security, however working on these issues by being mindful can expand our consciousness and help to improve the plasticity of our brain.
Do you want to learn more about how NLP and mindfulness can impact the neuroplasticity of the brain? Contact the team at ALCN to learn more. And, if you are looking for a great way to immerse yourself in the principles of NLP and mindfulness within the context of coach training, consider joining us for our Winter Intensive, February 2018, in beautiful Sedona, Arizona.