Nature vs. Nurture. Some Questions Answered

25 Feb

Train Your Mind and Change Your Brain by Sharon Begely. Book CoverI recently completed Sharon Begley’s book: Train Your Mind Change Your Brain. It was very well written and insightful!

If you’ve wanted to take a closer look at brain science and clinical research and what it says about our capacity to change ourselves, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Begley does a wonderful job of looking at current animal and human research. Through the ongoing narrative between the Dalai Lama and a variety of scholars around the world, the book helps to bridge the gap between eastern Buddhist philosophy and modern science. There is a merging of awareness here that brings two cultures closer together in truth and useful knowledge.

I think it is still safe to say that nature/nurture stands on equal ground, with each claiming about 50% influence. That said, while all of us may enjoy both the blessings and the challenges of our own DNA, we all have the grand opportunity within our lifetimes to make significant strides to modify, not just our values, behaviors, and the like, but to push our evolutionary envelopes in such a way where our children, and our children’s children, will benefit from the striving and goals that we accomplish.

I hear too many people say “I get angry because my aunt JoAnne” or “It’s just the way my grandfather was.” If you take an honest look at the research, add to that an ounce of personal responsibility, you may emerge with a breath of fresh and air recognizing that you have more capacity to reach your full potential than you may realize. Training your mind can truly change your brain. Who would have thought (except the Buddhists for many centuries) that thought itself was actually something could influence the very mechanism where it resides?

Thanks to Sharon for taking on this challenge and providing the gateway for greater levels of self-responsibility and personal accountability.

It’s time for us all to be more intentional about who we are becoming in the process of all of our doing!