I have always believed in the power of the mind and the power of words, and this book explains the science behind it. It confirms what I have felt to be true, while providing the scientific reasons. In a very small nutshell, our thoughts and beliefs affect our cells. Positive ideas and beliefs affect our cells positively, and our negative ideas and beliefs affect our cells negatively. That's a very simplistic explanation, but that's it in a nutshell. While genes do have a small say in what happens to us, our ideas and beliefs have an even bigger say. This truth means we are not helpless victims to what happens to us. In fact, we have so much control and say in our future. However, knowing the power we have is perhaps the first step towards making a positive change in each of our lives.
You might be wondering how this fits in with a teaching blog. Well, how couldn't it? Aren't our ideas and beliefs at the heart of everything we do? This includes teaching. Though I have not yet finished the book (I have currently read about 55% of the book), I am already left feeling energized and positive. I feel empowered and as though I have the ability to manifest great things in my life; great things in my personal life, in the classroom, and with my students.
In many ways this is reminiscent of Carol Dweck's growth mindset. Though her research may draw less upon the actual chemical reaction between the brain and the cells, and more on the individual mindset, it's not hard to see where these two arguments converge. Dweck doesn't get into the science of what's happening like Dr. Lipton does. She explains more of the "what", while Dr. Lipton digs deep into the "why". The two harmoniously fuse together to show us that our beliefs become our destiny.
Going forward, I plan to protect, nurture, and share this truth Just as the light reflects off of that which is around it, so shall this truth reflect from all aspects of my life. I for one plan on making this next school year the best yet.
What about you? What are your thoughts on the power of the mind? I'd love to hear from you.
The Biology of Belief by Dr. Lipton