How Busking Rewired My Brain

Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

Back in June I came to the startling realization that a reality TV star was going to be our 45th president. This caused me to conclude that I live in a universe that I don’t understand. I also concluded that, like a car, I can operate the universe even though I don’t understand how it works. I quit drinking, I began to eat healthy, and I began to practice self-hypnosis! I changed my body, but more importantly, I rewired my brain! I rewired my brain to enjoy work and healthy food! I rewired my brain to focus on more positive and useful things! I rewired my brain using self-hypnosis! But, a couple of things I did in the years leading up to my discovery of self-hypnosis helped prep my brain for the rewiring! One of those things was obviously my practice of zen meditation! But, the other one, a bit more unlikely, was becoming a street-performer! Busking literally rewired my brain and I’m going to tell you how!

In previous posts I discussed how what we focus on becomes our reality. I used this example: I wear Chuck Taylors, therefore I live in a world where everyone wears Chuck Taylors. I don’t literally live in a world where everyone wears Chuck Taylors, but my mind automatically focuses on people who wear Chuck Taylors and creates for me the sensation of living in a world where everyone wears Chuck Taylors. And just as my brain is wired to focus on Chuck Taylors, you can rewire your brain to focus on more positive and useful things.

One of the ways you can rewire your brain is through the repetition of simple words or phrases. Recently a reader asked me how I handle the endless rejection that goes along with busking. The vast majority of people who pass me by don’t tip or acknowledge me! Over the course of a day, thousands of people pass me by, on a good day maybe a hundred will tip. That’s a lot of rejection, how do I handle it! The secret is that I thank everyone who tips me! I even thank everyone who merely compliments me! And repetition of simple words and phrases is one way to rewire your brain! If I say “I’m high-energy” one hundred times a day, I am going to naturally feel more high-energy. And likewise, if I say “thank you” one hundred times a day, I’m going to feel more grateful. Constantly saying “thank you” every time someone gives me a little bit of money or a compliment has wired my brain to focus on all of those things in my life that I should be grateful for!

Also, I’ve learned to smile at everyone who passes regardless of whether or not they tip or acknowledge me. We tend to think that we smile because we’re happy, but science has shown that it also works the other way. We’re happy because we smile! So over the course of eight hours singing on a street corner, I smile at thousands of people and say “thank you” about a hundred times! Doing this full time every summer for the last five years has wired my brain to be more positive and grateful, and it gave me a little head start on the neural rewiring I would begin when I started to practice self-hypnosis!

So thank everyone who helps you out! Smile at everyone regardless! Rewire your brain to be more grateful and positive! Together we will have many successes in 2017! And if you have any questions, feel free to email me at my new high-energy email address! This post was inspired by a question I got from a reader and I’m so grateful for that!


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