Choose to be yourself, part 1 – 5 lessons from Hogwarts: 1

Can you choose to be who you want to be? Professor Dumbledore certainly sees it this way. At the end of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets he tells Harry: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Meanwhile, neuroscience gives proof how the mind can really change the brain and even character traits. Mindfulness meditation plays an important role.

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Cited Literature

Davidson/ Goleman; Altered Traits, the book where you find a survey of all important studies in neuroscience to determine if and how the mind – or mindfulness – can change the brain and even seemingly stable character traits https://www.richardjdavidson.com/altered-traits

D. Siegel; Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology. Dig deep: What do different sciences have to say about the mind and its relationship to the brain or to influencing social factors? What can neuroscience show? https://www.drdansiegel.com/books/pocket_guide_to_interpersonal_neurobiology/

J.K. Rowling; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Follow some mindfulness meditation in order to create the “space” between stimulus and reaction, so you can actually choose your response:

  • Bodyscan seated (my own video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gf8KD1fMUpI
  • Mindfulness meditation by Jon Kabat-Zinn who invented MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction). Participants of MBSR haven been the subjects of many of the quoted studies about mindfulness changing the brain. And also about mindfulness changing the character. On YouTube you will find many videos from people who uploaded his meditations. This link here seems to be licensed. If not, I apologize https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=524RMtfHKz8 .

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