March 18, 2016
11 am PDT 12 pm MDT 1 pm CDT 2 pm EDT
Neuroscience now proves what artists, athletes, mystics and monks have known for millennia: We can change our lives by changing our minds. And we can change our minds by changing our brains. Now, two pioneers in the therapeutic writing movement bring robust evidence that we can write our way into self-directed neuroplasticity through purposeful intention, attention, and action. We’ll talk about the three-stage model that predicts success, the powerful ally for brain change that each of us has right in front of our eyes (your journal, yes, but this is something else!), how to edit your self-talk to remove hidden negatives that are masquerading as positive statements, and we’ll practice a short write to prime your brain for change.
What you’ll learn:
• Self-directed neuroplasticity as the latest wave in brain science
• Why it is a powerful—and accessible–agent for positive brain change
• A three-stage model for self-directed neuroplasticity
• The secret ally in creating neural pathways that is always with you
• How to rewrite masked negatives into powerful positives
• Why three to five minutes of writing, over time, is sufficient for discernable outcomes
The speakers are co-authors of the forthcoming Your Brain on Ink: A Workbook on Neuroplasticity and the Journal Ladder (May 2016, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group). Kathleen Adams, LPC is the founder/director of the Center for Journal Therapy in Denver and the author/editor of twelve books on writing for healing, growth, and change. She is the convener of Journal Conference 2016 May 19-22 near Asheville NC. Deborah Ross LPC is a psychotherapist, certified journal therapist, and graduate of Dan Siegel’s Mindsight Institute, where she studied interpersonal neurobiology and brain science. Her work in brain science and writing is enhanced by a decades-long meditation practice.