Rewiring the brain.
Similar to trying to walk through a dense forest, creating a new pathway can be challenging. Slowly, by repeating the same route, the ground beneath us becomes a rough path and the branches start growing to the sides. Over time, we walk through with ease. Our previous route becomes overgrown and impassable.
When we create new thought patterns, practise new skills, and develop new behaviours, new connections between neurones or nerve cells ‘sprout’, and the brain reroutes to create an alternative neural pathway. Through repetition, the pathways strengthen, habits emerge and our brain is rewired to start using these new roads.
This malleable nature of the brain opens up a world of potential in recovery. By using the innate resources of our own brains, we can develop behaviours, thought patterns and tools to strengthen our journey.