HJ: Worry serves no purpose and interfere’s with our ability to be present, happy and loving. This is a great article based on recent neuroscience findings about how to quiet down and turn off your brain’s worry center, allowing you to find the peace of mind that exists at the core of your being.
Turn Down Your Brain’s Worry Center
Control worrying by controlling your brain’s worry patterns
By Susan Krauss | Psychology Today
Worry is a natural emotion that occurs when we feel threatened. However, many of our worries are unfounded, sapping our energy and deflecting our attention from life’s real problems. In a recent New York Times article, Boston author David Ropeik makes the case that most of us don’t know how to worry. Although we often underestimate how risky something really is, we are even more likely to overestimate the dangers of taking actions that would actually help us. In other words, when it comes to evaluating the risk-benefit ratio of our actions, we do a pretty poor job. This is because, Ropeik argues, our brains are wired to worry first and think second. This quote from the work of NYU neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux sums it up in a nutshell: “connections from the emotional systems to the cognitive systems are stronger than connections from the cognitive systems to the emotional systems.”