Goldie Hawn Wants You To Know Where Your Prefrontal Cortex Is
Goldie Hawn is calling me today at 10am. Yes, that Goldie Hawn. The Academy Award-winning, Laugh-In-starring, Elvis-meeting, You Don’t Own Me-singing Goldie Hawn.
We’re going to talk about neuroscience.
Until now I thought the only thing Goldie and I had in common was memorizing the script to Overboard but, as it turns out, we share a passion for brain chemistry.
I confess I never really understood the concept of “mind body awareness” until a national appearance on Fox left me scared shitless. In the wake of that interview, though, I finally got it: We all have an irrational, fear-based narrator working to hijack the thoughts in our head. It may begin as a tiny voice that whispers “you can’t” but it will eventually morph into a nasty, debilitating mind virus if left unchecked.
The way you react to this “negative narrator” determines the way you react to the world.
It’s what determines whether you rock that interview or crash and burn.
Whether you open that business or continue to wish you could.
Whether you become the parent you want to be, or spiral down the road of impatience and frustration.
It even determines whether you can read a newspaper or watch TV without a sense of hopelessness about the world around you.
Controlling yourself – and by that I mean your own emotions and behaviors – means controlling that internal narrator. Of course, this is hard enough for adults – but Goldie is on a mission to teach kids how to do it. They’re the ones, she says, who are being bombarded with images of violence and degradation like no other generation, without the tools they need to cope responsibly.
“Mature” things that were mostly inaccessible before are readily available now. A student researching JFK online could easily find themselves staring at autopsy photos. A child with uncontrolled web access can stream porn. For a long time I thought The Bachelor was the worst thing my 6-year-old had seen on TV, but then he caught a glimpse of Gaddafi being murdered on CNN and asked me what was happening.
What am I supposed to tell him?
For Goldie and her team of neurologists and healers, the way out of this self-inflicted culture shock – both for our children and for ourselves – lies in a piece of the brain called the prefrontal cortex. The nerdy nutshell definition is that it’s what controls how we process thoughts. The life-changing nutshell, however, is that is can be rewired.
I’ll be posting more on this in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I look forward to learning more about Goldie’s new calling today…well, allllmost as much as I look forward to hearing “It’s Goldie calling.”