Psychological Healing, Personal Growth and Mental Agility, November 23, 2011
Being Good to Yourself

Even if your early life was filled with hardship and suffering that took a toll on your sense of self-worth and your ability to relate to others in emotionally satisfying ways, it is never too late to change. Throughout life our experiences continue to have an effect on shaping our brain circuits. Studies have shown that when persons with psychological problems are successfully treated, their brain functioning changes.

Psychological healing is a mending process in which we free ourselves from emotional suffering and painful, or self-destructive patterns of relating, allowing us to become attuned in a healthy, harmonious way with our inner self and the world in which we live. Healing involves a change in attitude and perspective that allows us to deal with life situations and our emotions in more effective satisfying ways. Healing is a very personal process, and each person has to follow his or her own unique path.

Personal growth occurs during the process of psychological healing, but it also occurs whenever we make a commitment to improve our mental and emotional well-being. With personal growth we become more aware of our strengths and weaknesses and how to make the most of our potential. Through personal growth we become more conscious of our thoughts, feelings, attitudes and ways of relating with others. We become more in harmony with the world in which we live. Personal growth increases our resilience in the face of stress and difficult life circumstances and new challenges. The spiritual aspect of personal growth allows us to experience ourselves as being part of something greater.

Our brain needs stimulation to remain vital and attuned to our surroundings. Even when we enter the late stages of life, we can stave off mental decline by remaining curious and exercising our brains. Remaining involved in learning and having new experiences keeps our brains mentally agile.