Though each of us can remember our first kiss and where we were on 9/11—with vivid detail—we often can’t remember what we had for dinner the night before. Is this a sign that your mental acuity is slipping? No! But it does present you with a unique opportunity. Although we all love routine, and it makes us feel safe and comfortable, our brains and bodies remain ageless only to the extent that we mix it up a little on a regular basis—Tweet This!
Today, when I went out for my walk, I decided to try a different route. Instead of turning left at the end of my road, I turned right. I did something else new. I decided not to put in my contact lenses, so that my eyes could be nourished by the nutrients found in natural light. And low and behold, I could see better than I ever imagined.
I enjoyed new scenery, new trees, and a new surface under my feet. I found this new route exhilarating and fun, and also felt really present in a whole new way. This small little occurrence was proof positive of what I’ve been learning from talking with Dr. Joe Dispenza on my radio show and also listening to his TED talk and meditations.
Dr. Dispenza says that routine puts the brain to sleep. Changing it up a bit will, literally, wake you up! And it’s all you need to do to begin creating new neural pathways in your brain and body. After all, our brains—and bodies—have a nearly infinite capacity to learn new things and morph with great results.
So why not start right where you are? Take a different route to the grocery store. Listen to a different radio station, rotate the clothing in your closet, and commit to wearing a completely different outfit each day. (You’d be amazed by what you can do when you shop your own closet.) And while you’re at it, discard ten items that you no longer use or haven’t looked at in the past five years. That will also make space for something new and healthy to come into your life.
I decided to write this blog right after my walk. Usually I’d wait until the afternoon, but I didn’t. And now I feel like a kid about to begin classes at a wonderful new school—very excited and very alive.
Let’s see how much we can shake things up for the health of it. Please leave me a comment and let me now how you’re varying your routine. Ready. Set. GO!