Patricia Pyrka

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Changing your brain means taking charge of the way your life goes. Same for the brains of the little and bigger people you care for.

NEUROPLASTICITY means that the brain is capable of such changes at any time of your life. This term is currently taking the world by storm - not just in science, but also in the areas of medicine, therapy, education and personal growth.

So, yes, wow!, we are getting rid of the idea that our amazing brain is set in stone once you can walk. Or that certain neural conditions and disabilities are a doom for life. We can read books and google videos about incredible recoveries after strokes and other neural pathologies!

Neuroplasticity is thrown around as a promise, a symbol of hope, and a a cure for everything in life.

At the same time, there is this big gap, a profound confusion. As in: Neuroplasticity sounds great, but how does it actually work? Is everything really possible?

  • What about in my specific case?
  • How do I apply it to everything I want to achieve?
  • Does it REALLY work?
  • How is "neuroplasticity" different from "learning"?
  • How can I use the idea of neuroplasticity to heal myself/my child/my elderly parents?

And even more, there is this big gap between the hopes and promises of neuroplasticity and most people's experience of life. Which can include thoughts and believes like e.g.:

  • Change is hard.
  • Once you are settled and on a safe and secure track in life, it's too risky to try something completely different.
  • In certain areas, like in athletics, you simply can't get super good when you start as an adult.
  • My personality, character traits, experience of life are fixed and can change only slightly, if at all.
  • Life can't simply change to the better.
  • Some disabilities can only be managed, not cured, so no point in trying something new.
  • My doctor doesn't know anything about neuroplasticity, or doesn't recommend it, or is sceptical about it, and he is a doctor, so he must be right.
  • I am not a medical expert, so my experiences/instincts/nudges don't count. I can't just heal myself or my child.
Good news: Your confusion, your doubts are totally fine. There is a lot of knowledge out there, striking new evidence - but there is also a lot we do NOT know about the brain. It's a miracoulous system, but also quite complex. Understanding it, and more so, understanding how to make use of its plastic properties, requires not only reading and researching, but lots of trying and learning by doing.

This page, this collection of resources, best practices, and examples, is meant to support you on this trial-and-error journey. It's a project that has grown out of years of researching and trying approaches for my son, who has Cerebral Palsy. It includes insights from my own path of overcoming depressive tendencies, becoming a better friend, and dancing my first ballet solo at age 41.

Here is what to expect.

You won't get any advice here, although real life examples will be plenty.

You will get principles, guideposts, navigation landmarks for how to most likely trigger lasting changes in your brain.

Recurring, underlying themes, based on neuroplasticity, that you can apply to your specific circumstances.

It won't always work the way you expect. Sometimes you will fail. (I do all the time.) That's a good sign, and it will teach you the most. Most likely, eventually, there will be a point where you won't notice "failing" any more. It will be part of a big loop of Doing - Evaluating - Adjusting. (It's really more fun anyway when you are allowed to fail!)

As a patreon, you will get so much better stuff than all the free gimmicks that are out there. Quality approved and double-checked. You will get weekly encouragement, honesty, and a quite vulnerable sharing of my and other people's experiences. Success stories, but also the successes that lie in the not-so-successful stories.

You can ask your own questions. You will get manuals and easy-to-adapt checklists.

And how will all of this make your life better? How will this elusive, hot gem of neuroplasticity make a difference for you? What will be the outcome of all your efforts?

I would say: Don't expect anything spectacular. It won't be constant fireworks.

Maybe this: Peace.

Peace that may come in the form of some or all of the following, or even beyond:

  • You could enjoy every ordinary day of your life more and in more depth.
  • You may discover ways out of your current life that has become maybe a tiny bit too boring?
  • You will be able to help your loved one who has a disability or chronic illness.
  • How about moving more gracefully (and dancing like a star, if you want!).
  • Kicking ass, where needed
  • You may find yourself having more and more meaningful friendships.
  • Experiencing the joy of getting more and more exciting dates, or deepening your marriage/relationship.
  • Becoming a more relaxed, connected, and enabling parent.

I know, it sounds almost too good to be true. All these different areas, with one shot?

Well - the brain is involved in all of these. So instead of fixing one after another, with different tools....why not get to know your brain better, learn what it needs to work well, and let these improvements infuse everything that matters to you?

Your call.

Let's get to work. Have fun. You will build a new brain, a more powerful life - and YOU will be in charge of it.

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