Speaking of change: Welcome SPRING! With the winter that we and many others in similar northerly locations have endured, a change to warmer weather is deeply appreciated.
So I can applaud CHANGE right now, and I imagine that this exuberant change-anticipation is what caught my eye in Dr. Joe’s latest post where near the end he mentioned “the science of change.”
Really? There is such a thing?
I know he was pushing a new webinar on changing how you think, which likewise affects the body’s ability to heal and replenish itself; and his focus was to help people shift their thinking to create more positive outcomes in their lives. I know this, and of course, yes, he does make money doing these things. It isn’t all altruistic. And I’m not pushing it, but if you are interested here’s the link: ( Dr. Joe: “We are doing a webinar on March 22nd to share the science of change and how you can implement this formula into your professional career. To sign up for this webinar click here: http://www.drjoedispenzawebinar.com/two-step-order ”)
BUT… also in the post he was emphasizing the stand-alone importance of change itself. CHANGE simply means a disruption in status quo—a difference in sameness—a divergence from a habitual path—a sampling of newness—a variance in monotony—a more expansive way of seeing, etc.. For the most part he was saying that if you want to change your life for the better, you have to willingly break old habits to do that.
However, the word ‘change’ actually means ‘no longer the same.’
And the most potent reason for change is our unhappiness with the current situation or condition. It goes back to that ingrained pleasure/pain barometer that rules our lives. If some action feels ‘good’ you keep doing it, and when it doesn’t feel ‘good,’ you are more likely to change what you are doing trying to get back to that ‘GOOD’ feeling again.
That ‘GOOD’ feeling can be called homeostasis—the body’s state of equilibrium—the harmonic balance in body chemicals and body function where the muscles relax, or it’s the emotional calmness of being not too high or not too low—that ‘Goldilocks sentiment’ of it feels ‘just right.’ It’s not exactly a bliss-state but it’s not like a light depression either. It is more like feeling mildly calm and pleasant, but not excited or giddy.
Homeostasis is basically just feeling a degree of satisfaction with the current condition as it is, because if you enjoy your life as it presently is, you are less enthused to change any aspect of it. The ‘need for CHANGE’ decree that pounds away in our temples and often prevents our sleeping comes when we are unhappy about some aspect of ourselves or our lives.
So to say there is a “science of change” is to imply that these human motivations and behaviors have been seriously studied and there is documentation existing on that subject. Being curious, I checked, and the National Institutes of Health does indeed have a behavioral psychology approach to this “science” called the Science of Behavioral Change: (https://commonfund.nih.gov/behaviorchange/)
“The Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) program seeks to promote basic research on the initiation, personalization and maintenance of behavior change. By integrating work across disciplines, this effort will lead to an improved understanding of the underlying principles of behavior change. The SOBC Program aims to implement a mechanisms-focused, experimental medicine approach to behavior change research and to develop the tools required to implement such an approach. The experimental medicine approach involves: identifying an intervention target, developing assays (measures) to permit verification of the target, engaging the target through experimentation or intervention, and testing the degree to which target engagement produces the desired behavior change. “
After reading that description, I do wonder if they are dealing with actual people or merely ‘things’ because they call the participants “targets.” Now I bet Dr. Joe doesn’t call his workshop participants “targets.” That’s probably why he has such a large human following, and likely why most people hate going to psychologists. But that’s my personal opinion, and I digress.
In finally closing, I will say that CHANGE is simply an aspect of our lives. We deal with it daily. It isn’t something to fear or to dread. But it does require a shift in how we consider change as affecting our lives.
When you can look at change in your life with curiosity and wonder what this new day will present you to explore, then you can realize your true evolutionary potential for maximizing this life experience. It just requires a change in your perspective on how you view your life.
SEE with new eyes. HEAR what you’ve not before heard. TASTE the gamut of sweet, sour, bitter, and saltiness. FEEL with sensations so acute that a gentle breeze ripples across the expanse of your awareness. And SMELL life in its fullest fragrance wherever you are.
These are your tools of perception while you are alive. You can use them to change your life for the better if your present situation isn’t so pleasant.
But again, that is your choice. How you actually view CHANGE is up to you.
Change simply means ‘no longer the same.’ And really from day to day, who is?