Jane Carter, LPC

Counseling * EMDR

Sometimes the  only nudge you need to start moving toward a fuller, more meaningful life is someone to tell  your story to: Someone who will listen, provide both support and  challenge, collaborate with you, give insight, and encourage you along  the way.

 

Whether it's dealing with specific struggles, strengthening relationships, pursuing life dreams, or wrestling with the spiritual issues that arise in the midst of these objectives, counseling is a courageous first step towards pursuing a more vibrant life. Come, tell me your story.

 

 

Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul. –Thomas Merton

 

 

 For a free get-acquainted session, call (828) 215-8971 or email JaneCarterLPC@gmail.com

  

This is your Brain on Joy

I recently did a workshop on the Neurobiology of Happiness. (A word to the wise-- signing up to do a 1-hour talk on a topic so vast that it could comprise an entire graduate program may prove to be a little consuming. But I digress.). 

I'm so excited to discover new ways that knowledge about the inner workings of the brain can improve our emotional, relational, and spiritual depth. One concept that blows my mind (pun intended) is that, even as our brains are biased toward remembering negative experiences & memories, we can overcome this "negativity bias" by intentionally sitting with the good. Taking it in, enriching it, holding onto it for 12-30 seconds before we move onto the next thought or task.

I've known about this through contemplative prayer and meditation. What's fresh is the knowledge that we can now use technology to see the brain "light up" while this is happening. The wisdom of ages (I particularly like the early Christian Mystics) is being confirmed; we actually build new layers of brain cells when we sit and contemplate beauty, God, mystery, and joy.

One of my favorite movie scenes is from American Beauty. The character has seen his share of pain, but he practices pausing to take in the good. Check it out here.

We are all capable of stopping, even briefly, to contemplate beauty. Your brain will thank you.