Dr. Leaf explains that our DNA and our cells actually respond to our thoughts. We can recreate new pathways, new ruts, new grooves in our brain through our thoughts: either toxic, or awesome. CURABLE is basically the practical application of that information. It walks you through meditation, writing, brain training, and education. It is primarily helpful for pain, migraines, and anxiety - especially the chronic type.
I first discovered CURABLE when Liz (part of our Start Feeling Awesome team) sent me a link to an interesting article. If you want to discover why I decided to check it out, this was the article that peaked my interest: —> Curing The Incurable <—
When someone gets results like a reduction in migraines from 23/month to 3/month…I’m at least curious what happened! That is exactly what happened with the guy writing the above article. His wife was having chronic, almost daily, debilitating migraines. Within 2-3 months of using the CURABLE app and working through the various elements, she is now living with far less migraine pain. Yay!!
I have long thought my “chronic” abdominal and back pain has felt like bowling alley ruts. Any time I experience stress, just the normal daily stuff, I start to feel pain in my gut and back. It also happens when I eat - no matter what I eat. It’s almost like my pain pathways have PTSD associated with food. Weird right? Not really. In light of the new neuroscience discoveries, it actually makes sense. My brain has deep ruts routing my stress right into those pain pathways. My brain has quite frankly associated ANY food with pain. Time to retrain my brain!
The best way to get out of this kind of chronic pain (when there is no known cause or definite issue like a tumor, for instance) is to RETRAIN THE BRAIN.
That’s right - retrain the brain. Dr. Leaf calls it brain surgery. We can literally do brain surgery on ourselves through retraining our thoughts and thinking pathways.
So what will you do with this information? Do you want to get well? Do you want to get out of pain, or at least reduce it? Are you willing to take responsibility for the part of your pain that you can control and change?
It’s a process. I’m just beginning the journey. I am looking forward to creating new pathways that flip the switch off to my chronic pain. (By the way, I have word-swapped the word pain. I now call my pain, “Rascal.” This is one of the tricks Curable taught me. Instead of describing how horrible the pain is, I say things like, “This rascal is making me less comfortable than I want to be.”) Just an easy trick. But it actually changes the physiology of my brain when I reframe the situation and word.
Isn’t it amazing how God created our brains with neuroplasticity? That means our thoughts indeed change our brains in a physical way. You have the power to change how your brain works. This is great news. We have more power than we think we have. It means we can do something about it! And that’s awesome!
It really is great wisdom to follow what the Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 4:8,
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.” (NIV)
NOTE: the Caroline Leaf book is an affiliate link. The Curable App is not. We receive no benefit for promoting the app. It is simply a resource Liz and I are finding helpful. Also, you may want to check out the Curable app from your mobile phone rather than your laptop. That’s the simplest way to get going with it. Be blessed!