This quote caught my eye today:
More than a century since (William) James’s influential text, we know that, unfortunately, our brains start to solidify by the age of 25, but that, fortunately, change is still possible after. The key is continuously creating new pathways and connections to break apart stuck neural patterns in the brain.
We know why this happens.
… as human beings, (we) develop neural pathways, and the more we use those neural pathways over years and years and years, they become very stuck and deeply embedded, moving into deeper portions of the brain… . By the time we get to the age of 25, we just have so many existing pathways that our brain relies on, it’s hard to break free of them.
We can break free, but it requires (1) intensive use of areas of the brain that have been less used before (2) repeated use over months to strengthen the neural paths, and (3) an environment where we are free to dedicate new energy to building these paths (where we get beyond survival mode).
This is the best justification I have heard for developing and building on a practice regime.