My 12 year old son & I
try to have Date Night each Wednesday.
Tonight, we decided to eat soup &
watch The Animated GRINCH movie
next to the fireplace.
I've seen The Grinch many times,
& read the book to my older children .....
but this was the 1st time I've seen it
since I began my journey into Neuroscience.
And, boy-oh-boy was I overwhelmed
at the connections in this cute little movie
to all that I study and believe in!
I kept telling my son,
"This MOVIE is all about Neuroscience!"
After about the 5th time, he politely said.....
"Mom, can we just watch IT like a movie,
& not like a research study?" haha
Though, I didn't say anything else,
I continued to write down all the statements
made in the movie that were exactly what I teach.
AND, I have to say... I cried when I realized
that this movie is about so much more
than a grouch at Christmas.
It's about the pain of childhood
that carries on into adulthood.
As well as being about the protective systems
our MINDs develop after trauma from our youth.
Not to mention the judgment of others.....
and most importantly,
how a single person's kindness
can change the heart of someone in pain.
As Brady and I watched this cute movie....
I saw in that Green Monster
so much more than a GRINCH.
I saw an animated example of how
our BRAINS are wired to protect us,
& how the sadness, pains & dangers
of our childhood walk right along with us
straight into our adulthood.
Though the world is much less forgiving
of mean adults, most likely...
they are just broken children
who never had a chance to heal.
Youthful trauma locks into our Brain's Amygdala
(as a safety mechanism),
to keep us from ever feeling that pain again.
However, in an attempt to keep us safe,
it reminds us of EXACTLY how bad it hurt
by "triggering" those exact wiring systems
each time any similar situation arises.
Chances are.... if we will take a moment
to analyze our negative emotions....
we will probably find that they are buried
much deeper than the present moment.
Today.... take a look at the childhood
version of yourself & see what hurts
have followed you into the present.
Maybe its time you let them go.
Tell your amygdala "you've got this"....
Choose to reevaluate your "triggers"
so that you can move forward in 2020
with a clean, GRATEFUL brain.
If you'd like to learn HOW your BRAIN works
& receive practical ways to change
those childhood wiring systems...
I'd love for you to join us
on Jan. 1, 2020 for 21 days
of BRAIN BUILDING GRATITUDE,
so you can move forward in this brand new decade
Living A GRATEFUL Life!
Staci is a one-of-a-kind mix of JOY and Neuroscience who is teaching people all over the world to BUILD a BETTER BRAIN by using Gratitude to create a BRIGHTER future. She has a Master's Degree in Educational NEUROSCIENCE and 25 years of teaching experience where she developed a reputation for being able to uncover potential in others like no one else could. Let her teach you how to live a HAPPIER Life by using the neuroscience of GRATITUDE to rewire your brain and build a better future!