You’ve heard it. I’ve heard it. EVERYONE’S heard it. Your thinking can re-wire your brain. Neurons that fire together wire together. Your thoughts alone will allow you to change anything you want in your life. If only it were truly that simple.
Ah, retirement. That elusive, “maybe-one-day,” stage of life. The time when you can go to the movies in the middle of the day, call up friends to grab lunch, or take a nap when you please.
New Yorker Lauren Hoffmeier is an author, yoga teacher, singer, and creator. Her first book, Mula and the Fly, is an inspiring children’s tale that reminds us all that we can achieve our dreams — if we only allow ourselves to be vulnerably shaken awake, and dive head first into that which is scary, unconventional, and seemingly impossible.
Many of us struggle to deal with anxiety. But is the secret to doing so found in building a relationship with uncertainty? As humans, we hate uncertainty. Our brains are programmed to hate uncertainty because it creates room for danger and invites our friend, anxiety, onto the scene — except we’d prefer he not show up.
There was a moment in time when our chimpanzee ancestors gave rise to the homosapien by discovering the elixir of youth. It’s something called neoteny, which is the quality of slowing down the growth process, which is the very thing that made us smarter: we explored more, we practiced more, we played more.
There is no normal except the one universal standard that we are all human. We share the same space and want the same thing. Our essential human nature is to connect to that childlike joy and rest in the authenticity of happiness.