I kind of wish I had a portable MRI machine, to measure the changes in my brain since I began this blog. I’ve read a ton of articles on how meditation changes the brain over time, and even participated in a study at UCLA to measure these changes. In that particular study, they found that the area of the brain associated with measuring our reactive responses, and the part that produces feelings of compassion, were actually made thicker as the person meditated. Pretty damn cool.
So far, my brain has been so affected by writing this blog each day, and reframing my experience in order to do so, that I want nothing more than to embrace the formerly unthinkable. OK, it took my brain a little while to wrap itself around that concept, but it’s been coming up again and again over the past few days for me. Of course it’s difficult to manifest something you can’t see, and for which you may have no point of reference. But what if I were to reframe that, by embracing that which I can’t see, or maybe even understand?
Maybe it’s like the Buddhist concept of softening around whatever hurts you, in order to “make friends” with the suffering and thereby release it (or at the very least, stop feeding it). It’s the last thing we want to do, because pain hurts. We want it to go away, quickly. And most of us feel the same way about uncertainty, or things we don’t know, aren’t familiar with, and can’t categorize.
Embracing the unthinkable means that I may be able to be a little more comfortable with the changes that come my way, and maybe even get used to the exciting but scary change awaiting me in the future. Because even though we say we want great stuff, most of us, if we’re being honest, would have to admit that actually having that stuff would make us nervous. Too much would have to change. So today, I reframe my experience to throw off those old beliefs in favor of embracing the formerly unthinkable, and allowing my life to be transformed as a result.