How do we relationate with our past? Do we assume it as part of the experience or as a burden that prevents us from reprogramming something different for the future? Maybe we need a mental software update. What if we could reprogram our mind consciously? This is possible thanks to the brain’s neuroplasticity ability.

A study from the University of Tübingen and the Max-Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, both German institutions, points out the process of neuroplasticity and learning occurs much faster than previously thought.

During the process, a diffusion-weighted MRI was performed to a group of volunteers, in order to detect the diffusion of water in the brain.

Every participant went through resonance while acquiring new knowledge. The scientists were able to determine that, indeed, there were physical changes in the brain, a few hours after exposing people to new learning and that neuroplasticity was taking place in the posterior parietal cortex, and not in the hippocampus as they thought.

The human brain continues to surprise us and every day there is more and more evidence of its infinite potential. But how to implement this skill in our day to day?

When you are in a situation of discomfort or stress, use the anchoring technique, in order to bring to your mind a positive experience by a reminder gesture. For example, you can squeeze your hands or stretch your fingers as much as you can, while concentrating on that image or memory that makes you feel good. Repeat the action three times in a row, and make the situation a daily habit to practice for five minutes.

Once you are adapted to anchor and remember, then begin to visualize that conflictive or feared situation. Only with the addition that everything goes well while doing your anchoring gesture three times in a row. Every time that scenario arrives in your life, you will be so accustomed to it that you can keep your emotions under control and even make fears or stress disappear.

Applying these recommendations will ensure that the weight of the past is not a burden that limits us in the future.