If you suffer from chronic pain, you can learn a new language, a language called “an enjoyable life.” Since anxiety and anger are basic survival responses, that’s where your brain is programmed to go as the default mode. These automatic responses become stronger with age and repetition. To train your brain differently requires a deliberate long-term focused effort. The first step in any new endeavor is to create a vision of where you want to go. What do you want your life to look like? Do you want to live in this state of affairs indefinitely? You can’t accomplish anything of significance until you know what it looks like and internalize it.
In this episode, spine surgeon Dr. David Hanscom shows that what you’re doing by creating and pursuing what you want is essentially reprogramming your nervous system. As you continue to work on learning the language of “an enjoyable life,” you’ll be paying less attention to the pain circuits and they will atrophy from disuse. At some tipping point, your pain and anxiety will diminish dramatically – but not by trying to make it drop. It’s similar to re-directing a river into a different channel. It will be slow at first but as the flow of water is diverted, the force of the water will help create the new channel.
For more information, go to http://www.backincontrol.com/learn-another-language-an-enjoyable-life
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