As early part of my incremental training practices, I started to pursue various home projects where I would reorganize rooms and make spaces in my environment feel more welcoming and inspiring. This had a profound impact on my mental state and the switch up of my familiar space also supported more neuroplasticity in my brain. In choosing what would go where, I researched a bit about Feng Shui to bring more intention and balance to my spaces.
Feng Shui Bagua (Energy Map)
Before she was on Netflix, I also read Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and used her teachings to help make my spaces feel less heavy and more supportive for my journey. In shedding things that no longer brought me joy, I made space for the things that did. I began to collect affirmative and inspirational quotes and display them throughout my house. If I found myself in a neuroplastic moment or inclined to engage old neural-pathways, the quotes would serve as a visual cue for my brain to access the mindset I preferred to embody.
Like many people who experience limbic system impairment, when I started brain retraining, my inner voice was more often negative than positive and hopeful or optimistic thinking felt uncomfortable or unfamiliar. Having encouraging and supportive sayings in my environment allowed me to repetitively encounter positivity and assisted in it feeling more natural or authentic. It became more integrated with my life and having tangible affirmations in my home was a visual way to counter negative-thinking that didn’t require my higher self to be cognitively present—my environment was also serving to support me.
I invite you to pin or tape encouraging words in any neuroplastic spaces of your home, on your bathroom mirror, a kitchen cabinet or fridge, a work space, or any other places that may be helpful to have the presence of supportive material to use for redirecting thoughts. You can also set the wallpaper on your digital devices to have these helpful sayings as well.
If you need some inspiration or want to cultivate a growth mindset, the Brain Gardening shop has a collection of unique, handmade signs I painted with some of my favorite quotes and sayings.