I want to share some information about love, but first I want to share with you some information about the brain. The human brain is the most complex three pounds of matter in the known universe. Scientists are still trying to figure out how it works. Not that long ago, it was thought that the brain was a blank slate at birth and that it took its shape and form during childhood. It was thought that our personality, thinking, feelings, behavior, etc., were set in stone for the rest of our lives. But that turned out to be wrong, thankfully. The brain is extremely plastic; it changes all the time. It’s constantly making new connections and pruning away old ones. That’s good news!
New neuronal connections that support health and happiness can be made, while the neuronal connections that plague us with negativity can be pruned. That means that we can walk away from benzo withdrawal and be even better than we were pre-benzos! (I’m living proof of that.)
There are three things that are important to know:
- At birth, every brain is hardwired to ask what is called The Big Brain Question. The brain scans the environment and people in it and “asks” “Are you there for me?” Meaning, am I safe and secure? If the brain receives more yes answers than no answers, the brain will make more connection to the regions of the brain that are responsible for good decisions, thoughts, feelings, etc. In other words, the brain will develop and organize optimally. If the brain receives too many no answers, (not enough safety and security) the brain won’t develop and organize optimally.
- A brain that hasn’t developed or organized optimally is driven by fear, and every aspect of life may be impacted: relationships, learning, career, finances, and health and well-being. etc.
- The best way to develop and organize our brain now as adults, (even if the answer to our Big Brain Question was often no) is to learn how to love. Love is vital for our health and happiness. What is love? It’s not the Hollywood idea of romantic love or even the unconditional love of a parent (although both are nice things). According to researchers, love is short micro-bursts of positivity. Researchers have discovered that love changes the brain (and central nervous system) for the better—our health and well-being improve when we love more. Love is the most powerful medicine on the planet!
If you are curious to learn how love can help you move towards more health and happiness (and rewire your brain!) I encourage you to enroll in the Healing With Love Workshop that begins next Monday, January 14th. For more information, please visit https://benzowithdrawalhelp.com/workshops-3
I’m excited to lead the workshop and help you find ways that you can tap into love, even in benzo withdrawal, so that you too, can go on to be the best you ever!