We need heroes and heroines, people to look up to--those significantly demonstrating the best life has to offer, who can show us the way through life. I’ve found a new personal hero, and the book about him is entitled Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. She is the author of another book I love entitled Seabiscuit, a story of a race horse whose heart to compete and live life to its fullest was a symbol to millions of people during the depression.
Unbroken is the story of a World War II veteran--Louis Zamperini--who was lost at sea for 47 days and then captured and tortured by the enemy for two years. It is an amazing story of survival, ingenuity, resilience, and forgiveness. I’m humbled to learn of this kind of person, this kind of life force. Though he is no longer with us (he passed to the next life on July 2, 2014 at the age of 97), this is a life that matters and will always matter. This is a life we can seek to emulate in positive ways.
I believe it doesn’t require such dramatic circumstances of incredible hardship for us to help our brain to reset itself and seek to do the right thing for the long term. At least I believe that's the case if the brain is properly balanced. Sometimes, I believe, extreme trauma can have an extremely positive imprint on our lives. Extreme trauma is often that which causes us to seek that which is truly important and leave all of the rest of the stuff of life to fend for itself. I don’t think I could have done that without balancing my brain. And, I don’t think I would have sought to balance my brain unless/until I was forced to seek assistance. And then, as it happened, it was an inside-to-outside experience. Having a brain that would move into a state of deep relaxation and reset itself–wow, I had no concept how truly incredible that opportunity was and will continue to be for me.
Louis Zamperini is a hero beyond imagination. And, given the capacity for each of us to function with a balanced brain, to prioritize what is important, we become, I believe, small heroes and heroines whose life matters greatly, much beyond our own time. I salute a balanced brain to lead us all to a life that matters.
Last week brought news of more scientific findings that align with the Brainwave Optimization® model of the brain and stress responses. JAMA Psychiatry published an article that studied adults with a history of substance abuse and healthy control-group subjects. They asked them about their history of childhood maltreatment trauma and did brain scans to look at the size of different brain regions. They then followed their behaviors while in substance abuse treatment. Those individuals with childhood trauma had smaller volumes in the left temporal lobe (limbic) region, and they had a shorter time to relapse into substance abuse. Furthermore the smaller the left limbic region, the more severe was their substance abuse.
We at Brain State Technologies® would hypothesize that those with childhood trauma are in a left hemispheric freeze response that may alter development in the left hemisphere (causing smaller limbic volume). And they are at risk to engage in high arousal behaviors including substance abuse, as a way to depart the freeze response.
The repercussions of trauma can be long-lasting. Brainwave Optimization is a great service for those scarred by stress and trauma and those in their circles. Brainwave Optimization encourages the brain to support self-recovery from stress response states that seem to have a life of their own. And, for those in stressful life situations, Brainwave Optimization helps to prevent becoming “stuck” in those states altogether.
The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona (BIAAZ), a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing brain injuries and to improving the lives of individuals with brain injuries through prevention, education, information, and community support, has added Brain State Technologies® to its comprehensive resource directory. The most comprehensive clearinghouse of brain injury information and resources in Arizona, the BIAAZ provides a toll-free-Infoline connecting families and professionals to appropriate resources, an online directory of service providers in Arizona, peer support, educational conferences, workshops and trainings, public awareness and education, advocacy for needed legislation and public policy changes, prevention programs, and emergency funding for those who are eligible.
Brainwave Optimization® has shown itself, time and time again, to be an enormously powerful tool in mitigating the long-term effects of concussions and traumatic brain injuries. We are pleased to be included on this invaluable resource directory and hope it will lead many more to experience the benefits of Brainwave Optimization for themselves.
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