In June of 2007, I had a global, acquired brain injury (ABI) resulting from a pill-popping suicide attempt, technically termed encepalopathy. Initially, I was seriously mentally impaired, but through such practices as neurofeedback, Brain State Technologies’ brain optimization, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, acupuncture, voice therapy, music therapy, cranial sacral massage, hypercapnia, visualization, meditation, cross lateral movement, bikram yoga, daily cardiovascular exercise, cognitive behavioral therapy and more, I’ve made a remarkable, full recovery. While I still talk funny and have some slight manual dexterity issues, I’m better than ever, even with these.
The brain injury forced me to make radical changes in my lifestyle and mindset that I had needed to make long before. Better late than never! Because underlying belief systems and the perceptual foundation upon which I’d built my reality withered away along with brain cells, I got to start with a clean slate, so to speak. By consciously working with and altering my thoughts, behaviors, and emotions, I transformed my world which, in turn, changed my physical brain and its default mode of operation. (see blog: Masterpiece or Mess) Today, I live a brain healthy lifestyle and incorporate mental health practices on a daily basis to maintain the balance and happiness I’ve found.
Our brains are neuroplastic, meaning that their structure and function is literally, physically shaped by that which we do repeatedly in our lives – behaviors, emotions, and even thoughts. This works for us and against us. (See blog: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly) We have much more power to recover from a brain injury, improve our brain’s functioning, and create our own happiness and reality with the gray matter between our ears than ever thought. Neuroplasticity is the magic wand we all are born with.
On this blog and website, I share information about the tools I used to recover from my suicide attempt/brain injury physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually and related topics to inspire and encourage you to take control of and change your brain, which will change your life.