Choose to be yourself, part 2 – 5 lessons from Hogwarts: 1

Fulfilling a New Year Resolution implies that you CAN change at will. Or, as I said in part 1 of this podcast, that you actually CAN choose to be yourself. In part 1 , results from neuroscience showed that you indeed have the choice to change. Here in part 2, I give practical step-by-step tips, HOW to facilitate the change that you chose. Mindfulness is essential to this. It ensures that you overcome obstacles and setbacks with an easy mind and without harassing yourself.

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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. ig 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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