Rewiring the Brain is not just another book on stress. It has refreshingly open-minded approach to tackle stress and depression. It outlines certain ways to access the power of consciousness, which entail benefits such as enhancement of memory, mental power, and learning ability. Besides alleviating stress and anxiety, it brings about emotional equilibrium, and slows down the aging process. The practical methods and benefits are outlined in a scientific spirit and correlated with research by neuroscientists, psychologists, and medical institutes.
Though at one level, stress is the running thread of the book; its scope is much wider. The larger focus is to forge acquaintance with one’s self by understanding its constructs of feelings, thoughts, memories, and why one behaves the way one does. It is an exploratory journey in our inner world, where the roots of our aspirations, ambitions, pride, and prejudice lie. We go through myriads of joys and sorrows in the long course of life, but hardly have the patience to pause and ponder over the reasons that make them.
Does it matter? Yes, much more than perhaps one realizes.
Stress should not be seen as an isolated issue. It betrays the quality of individual self in its ceaseless action of living. We have one and only life—the most precious thing we happen to possess, and it is but natural that we struggle hard to do our utmost to make it a wonderful experience. Stress, in its overt or covert forms, works as a persistent factor that undermines the spontaneity, joy, and beauty of life.
In this competitive and complex world, one faces countless factors of stress that are unavoidable and immutable, including illness, mishaps, or death. There are some other factors that can be altered through efforts and right perception, which play a more decisive role in life. These are individual attitude, mental tendencies, and ways one interacts with external world. There is much truth in the saying, “Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.”
An objective understanding of these individual factors means that half the battle of tackling stress is won. Hence, the book seeks to help the reader face and understand the workings of inner self and its intricacies without resorting to psychological escape or suppression.
Yet an objective understanding is only the first step. It does not resolutely change our mental habits and conditionings that are hardwired in the brain. The negative emotions that fuel stress and anxiety have unyielding force, often not amenable to reason. Similarly, drills of positive thinking and self-hypnotism through beliefs and ideologies accrue only temporary solace and euphoria that wears off sooner than expected.
This suggests a need to go beyond the remedies prevalent now and look for fundamentally new avenues for solution. In such effort, this book explores the possibility of using the power of consciousness to rewire the brain and tackle stress and emotional afflictions in a lasting manner. That approach does not involve any religious or mystical beliefs.
It is an irrefutable fact that consciousness embodies our unique sense of self and its complex architecture. Moreover, all our mental processes like feelings, memories, and thoughts are not only rooted in consciousness but sustained by it. It is, therefore, logical that harnessing the power of consciousness, the primordial source of all mental phenomena, will unfold unique possibilities to tackle negative emotions and anxieties that rob us of the charm and joy of the miracle of life.
A theoretical debate is being waged relentlessly among experts on the mysteries and elusive nature of consciousness. However, not much research is done on the practical use of the power of consciousness for tackling the human predicament of stress and anxiety. It holds amazing prospects of practical benefits for humanity, with implications for its future evolution.
The methods of using nonverbal awareness demand stronger commitment and sustained efforts, but the reward is worth the time and patience. The book does not offer shortcuts or peripheral solutions, because none exists. Neither does it offer self-hypnosis and gratifying beliefs that are concealed in prescriptive actions and mental drills. Read more in the book…….