After two brain hemorrhages, several bouts of being tortured by depression, and many years of pastoring, parenting, and partnering, I want to know, “Why I do the things I do?” What is going on inside our brains, when someone won’t let us merge on the beltway? Why is it so hard to ask someone to stop shouting into their cell phone in a restaurant? Why does it feel so bad to be criticized? Why do I burst into tears when someone suggests women shouldn’t be ordained, and why do I turn into mama bear when someone threatens my kids? And, importantly, is there anything I can do about it when I don’t like how my brain reacts to unpleasant events?
According to the research coming out of a variety of fields studying the brain, there is a lot we can do. But it also comforts me to understand what the heck is going on inside that 3 pound mass of tofu I carry around in my head. So if you want to know why YOU do the things you do, or your partner, kids, friends, or strangers on the street, check out this blog on occasion. I’ll share what I’ve discovered. Along the way, I’ll fill you in on practices that can help. And let me know if you have a question – I’ll do some digging to see what I can come up with.