The Science and Soul of Living Well

Neuroplasticity + The Practice of Letting Go

January 1, 2021

In today’s episode, we focus on what it means on a practical level to "let go" of behaviors, thought patterns, and relationships that are no longer serving us and how we can embark upon this process in a personalized, realistic, and concrete way. In addition to defining "letting go" and framing it as a practice, I highlight some key elements that are involved in the practice of letting go, including clarity, radical acceptance, and compassion, and key findings from neuroscience research that can inform and support our letting go process.

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References & Additional Resources

  1. Cramer, S. C., Sur, M., Dobkin, B. H., O'brien, C., Sanger, T. D., Trojanowski, J. Q., ... & Chen, W. G. (2011). Harnessing neuroplasticity for clinical applications. Brain134(6), 1591-1609.

  2. Demarin, V., & MOROVIĆ, S. (2014). Neuroplasticity. Periodicum biologorum116(2), 209-211.

  3. Hanson, R. (2020). Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness. Harmony.

  4. Hanson, R., & Hanson, F. (2020). Resilient: How to grow an unshakable core of calm, strength, and happiness. Harmony.

Please note that the information provided in this episode does not constitute professional advice or therapy, mental health services, or health care services, and is not intended to serve as a substitue for professional advice or services. If you are struggling with a mental health crisis or need immediate assistance, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

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