Baby Steps to an Anti-Depressant Brain

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 · 6 Comments

Let’s keep this simple.

You may or may not have heard by now that our brain is wired to pay attention more frequently, and with great veracity, to what’s negative. This doesn’t mean that the good moments in life aren’t happening, we’re just not wired to pay attention to them.

Why?

Because as a human race, we’re wired to survive, not be happy.

BUT,

I have a theory that in this moment in time we’re going through an evolution as a species where because of the overabundance of things pulling our attention, we’re being thrusted into growing our awareness – the kind of awareness that breeds balance, well-being and a greater sense of what matters.

So people are being turned onto mindfulness more. More spaces are offering it, more institutions are studying it and there’s greater media to get the word out about it.

Mindfulness provides us with awareness and the opportunity to take wise actions to further balance this negativity bias.

This is an evolution of an enduring happiness, you on board?

One of the simple things we can do when we become aware of our current conditioning is be on the lookout for the happy moments.
By happy moments I don’t mean just the drunken pleasures of life, I mean the whole spectrum from the small delights of enjoying a hot cup of tea, the sunshine splashing on your face, watching your child do something new for the first time (instead of being on your phone), or even feeling the relief from anxiety or depressive symptoms.

It’s about recognizing on a deep level that like the life of a butterfly or a flower, life is short and precious.

Mindfulness provides the opening, and then we have to intentionally notice these as they arise. From there we can make the choice to savor, appreciate and be grateful for them.

One thing I talk about is Uncovering Happiness, is that there are things we can do to ignite out natural anti-depressants and uncover that enduring sense of well-being. These micro-happy-moments of life can create small shifts in the brain that if practiced, savored and repeated can encourage positive neuroplasticity and an anti-depressant brain.

Take time today, maybe even this moment to consider, what’s good right now? If you notice something, let it linger…

As always, please share your thoughts, stories and questions below. Your interaction creates a living wisdom for us all to benefit from.

Adapted from Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

6 Comments

  1. Andy
    November 15, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Hi, the informations on this Website are great and I am somehow sure that following the instructions can get me away from depressive thoughts. Although, there are moments in which I believe that and other moments in which I think that life will never change again. I try to follow the instructions (also from the book “Uncovering Happiness”) and sometimes, for a short moment, it helps. But in the next moment the most depressive feeling is back again, destroying the positive feeling from the previous moment completely. Two an a half years ago I was still myself. Could stand still for some time and whatch flowers, the sky or whatever or sit with a cup of coffee in the warm sunshine, thinking about everything and nothing. And suddenly none of those was possible for me any longer. Always a nervous feeling, not able to sit still, not having any fun in anything. Sometimes I think this time will never come back and I am about to give up any kind of “work” to get back positive Feelings, but I should try. Greetings, andy

  2. January 23, 2015 at 11:27 am

    It is my experience that when we are present we open ourselves to the small joys that are always present; such as watching a bird land on a branch, or the smile of some one you love. Wake up and live!

    • Elisha Goldstein
      January 26, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      Yes!

  3. Sarah
    January 23, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Today I was given the gift of a group of people who get together and talk honestly about their struggles and invited laughter into my life.

  4. January 23, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Thanks for your article on “Baby Steps to Anti-Deprressant Brain.” It’s very timely for me as I am deep into trying to understand my “self pity” circumstances when I know logically I have much for which to be thankful.
    And yes, I have been heartened by the works of Dr. Bruce Lipton and a few others who are awakening our consciousness to the errors in previous thinkings in so many areas, particularly the limitations of the brain.
    I look forward to learning anything and everything that will enable me to pull out of this life-limiting-life-shortening-life-wasting depression.

    • Elisha Goldstein
      January 26, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      Hi Gerry,

      Thank you, stay connected as you go.

      Warmly,

      Elisha

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