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Your Brain Potential – Ten to the Millionth Power

Dr. Daniel J. Siegel notes in Mindsight that “Given the number of synaptic connections, the brain’s possible on-off firing patterns–its potential for various states of activation–has been calculated to be ten to the millionth power–or ten times ten one million times.  this number is thought to be larger than the number of atoms in the known universe.  It also far exceeds our ability to experience in one lifetime even a small percentage of these firing possibilities….If we get stuck in one pattern or the other, we’re limiting our potential.” (38)  If we now know this vast potential, then it becomes our sacred human responsibility to open our minds’ to more of their potential.  What possibilities could you see if each day this week you changed one little pattern and tried something new?

Dr. Dan Siegel

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