Mind Your Amygdala

Continuing with the series called “Your Brain is Playing Games on You,” I used another clip from the popular Netflix and TV show called “Brain Games.” We watched an episode on stress from season 3.
Romans 8:5-8 says, “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.”
I spoke a lot about the amygdala (with help from the video). This is an area of the brain that regulates many things, including decision making, emotional reactions, stress, and fear. When we are stressed, hormones are released that overstimulate the amygdala and sometimes put us into overdrive. This can also leads us to become preoccupied with our negative emotions which can lead to responding to a situation poorly (according to Daniel Goleman). We must be aware of this and remember that God is in control. When we learn to submit to Him and live according to His Spirit, we are able to take that deep breath and trust Him to get us through our tough situations.
We must choose wisely what we spend time concentrating on as to prevent a stressful situation from trickling into every other part of our lives. Commit to the Lord all your plans and trust in Him (Proverbs 16:3).

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