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It only takes 15 seconds

“I am here to be electric. I am here to be alive.”—Tama Kieves 02 tenderness

Nobody can argue that the human brain has remarkable cognitive capacities. It can compose symphonies, build pyramids, land a man on the moon.

But it also has a tendency to glom on to problems. Neuroscience has discovered that negative events stick to our brains like Velcro. They register in our neural chemistry much longer than say, a baby’s toothy grin or a crocus poking out of the snow.

Heck, many of us are still milking the snub we got five years ago, still telling anyone who will listen the sad, sad story of our childhood.

But here’s the hat trick that can rewire your brain.

When you see something amazing and miraculous (which we all do all the time), give yourself 15 seconds to let it register. Allow it to sink in. Write it down.

Neuroscientists have proven that by consciously focusing a mere 15 seconds on “Isn’t that beautiful?” moments, we literally re-engineer our brains. We overcome our brain’s pesky tendency to turn negatives into year-long mini-series.

Simple ask. Life-altering benefit.

Pam Grout is the author of 20 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, The Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit for Rewiring Your Mind (And Therefore Your World).

21 Responses

  1. So, we can re-wire our brain by focusing on the beautiful, the awesome, the good, the Divine – for just 15 seconds! So simple….and such a quick way to feel good. I’m going to try and do this once a day. Thanks for sharing, Pam!

  2. So, so true. Especially the milk it for all you can statement. If I milk all the magical moments I would be more myself. Going forward with more mindful moments now. Thank you.

  3. This is something that I am fortunate enough to just naturally do, quite often. I notice and marvel at little things in nature, and really savor them. And same with yummy foods, random acts of kindness, and/or compliments, etc… But I can still notice and savor even more, so thank you for your reminder.
    Raising my delicious cup of coffee to you and your amazing awesomeness, Pam!
    Pamela Joy

  4. I allowed myself 15 seconds to focus on the beautifull feeling I felt when I looked at those to connected hands in the picture. Although time passes by, moments like that last forever.

    Thank you for this post Pam (I’ll focus on gratitude for 15 seconds as well. Time well spent!)

  5. Just spent 15 seconds focusing on your email and all the love you share with us. Thank you Pam..a hug back.

  6. “15 seconds of focus can magically rewire our brain” !! This reminded me of “what is this life full of are,and no time to stand and stare”. Here is the reason why l’ve detached myself from social media. I am more into listening (this includes the beats of heat and the breathing) and staring at the wonders. Have a great day pam.

  7. Perfect!! That’s why I write the one thing I’m most grateful for each day in a special journal that I’ve been keeping since 2006. Each night on one line, the thing I’m most grateful for. That makes me think about all the good in the day and pick out the very best of of it. Once it’s written, it sticks. Something about writing by hand makes the difference but people think I’m nuts when I tell them that. Keep moving forward. I think your book will be here soon. 🙂

  8. Today, I got my really first bad comment on a Law of Attraction statement on FB. I refused to argue and simply stated that it has worked, is working, and will work for me. I wanted to say more, but when he made the comment of how well it worked for the holocaust victims, though I knew how I felt, I didn’t know how to put that into words that would not just provoke him and, perhaps, others.

  9. Pam, you rock! I read and send and re-send your posts. Just sent this one to a friend who did her PhD in Neuroscience because I kid you not, she needs to read (and apply) this! Thank you! We need more people like you in this fabulous world!

  10. I came back to tell you that Lesson 22 telling us about Anita Moorjani’s book and statement you quoted left me with tears of emotion from that lesson.. I bought 4 copies of her book on CD and have loaned them to family and friends that I thought would benefit. Made a very deep impact on me. So does the way you explain ACIM! I will never do this to me again. It all makes sense now.

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