mindfulness grows your brain

I just saw this on Facebook:

Where we focus our attention channels our cognitive resources, directly activating neural firing in associated areas of the brain. For example, research has shown that in animals rewarded for noticing sounds, the brain’s auditory centers expanded greatly, while in those rewarded for attending to sights, the visual areas grew. Brain scans of violinists show dramatic growth and expansion in regions of the cortex that represent the left hand, which must finger the strings precisely, often at very high speed. Other studies have shown that the hippocampus, which is vital for spatial memory, is enlarged in taxi drivers.The implication is that neuroplasticity is activated by attention itself. And where neurons fire, they wire!Take a few minutes to notice what your mind keeps focusing attention on today.
It reminds me of what God teaches us in the Bible about intention:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble,  whatever is right,  whatever is pure,  whatever is lovely,  whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.
It just goes to show how important daily intentional focus is. Worrying is the place where our brain grows in fear, where as when we focus on God, we give ourselves the chance to grow in hope.
Also all this helps make sense of why positive activities such as creative hobbies and physical exercise have such an huge impact on mental well being.
Food for thought.

We all go together or we don’t go at all

It has been a hard week for two sets of my friends. Their suffering cannot be underestimated.

In the meantime I continue my journey upwards out of illness and R holds the fort. We are very grateful for the friends and family that we have.

I am reminded that God has made people to live in love and community together – put simply, we all go together or we don’t go at all. You don’t have to look very far in our society to see the consequences of pulling apart.

And I know deeply that if we don’t pull in the direction of Jesus, all will be lost – we just can’t manage without him. This may seem a little “spiritual” but salvation in the Bible was never just about heaven-when-you-die, it is also about true life now. Psalm 18 verse 2 states that:

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my saviour; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.”

And the power that saves is “primarily physical rescue, by God, often with added spiritual idea” (http://biblesuite.com/hebrew/3468.htm)

He has us, body and soul, if we will let him.

solid rock

Mixed Media catch up

I haven’t been that well of late, hence the absence here, but onwards and into mixed media once more 🙂 Below is a little catch up, a piece I did exploring depression – an odd topic you might think, but having suffered myself, one that I think needs outing in as many positives ways as possible.

And then some things I did for Easter, taking part in Kirstin McCulloch’s Easter tag swap – you can see here beautiful artwork at http://kirstinmcculloch.blogspot.com.au/

here is love

easter tag 1

easter tag 2

easter tag 3

easter tag 4