Tap Into the Amazing Potential of Your Creative Brain

God created something amazing when he gave us brains. I think most readers will agree that the power to think creatively, reason, and solve problems is amazing.

But I’ve really been awed by what I’ve been reading in the book, Controlling Mental Chaos. In this book, author Jaime Pineda explains how our brains are continually growing, adapting, and changing. Here are a few examples:

  • Neuroplasticity is the ever-changing aspect of the brain (and a reason to eat healthy and exercise). The healthier the brain, the higher the chance of bringing about positive feelings, remembering, and learning new things.
  • Synapses are the primary connectors that make new connections with information that comes from reading, listening to others, and learning. They can rebuild the brain – even into older adulthood.
  • Our brains are constantly learning both negative and positive patterns from how we live our lives. The same power that allows us to learn new things, engage, with the world, and keep a positive outlook in life can create unhealthy additions, habits, and destructive behaviors.

This book was full of much more information, but I was motivated by this idea: We can regain creativity by taking a step back.

As a child, our curiosity with the world was at an lifetime high. We were in awe. We wondered. We questioned. Our brains were working hard to figure out why, how, and what. We engaged with the world and kept at it. In many ways, this is what brought childlike joy (and faith).

Prior to 1960, scientists believed that our brains stopped growing during our late twenties. Now scientists know that our brains keep changing. Even so, many of us live like we have nothing left to learn.

The reality is, we can tap into our creative brains. Here are ideas:

  1. Seek to learn new things.
  2. Ask questions.
  3. Take time to think of many possibilities.
  4. Read.
  5. Visit new places.
  6. Spend time praying.
  7. Keep a journal.

One of the biggest eye openers for me is that God created our brains with a vast potential to think creatively, make things happen, and remain nimble through life.

That gives me hope. I desire a healthy and growing brain for as long as possible.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.

Philippians 4:8

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