According to Dr. Charlotte Tomaino, it really is mind over matter. The nationally recognized neuropsychologist offered the attendees at one of two sessions of her retreat on July 18, 2012, scientific evidence combined with first-hand experience to show how belief can change the very structure of the brain. Her retreat, entitled Awakening the Brain: The Neuropsychology of Grace, was part of the College of Saint Elizabeth Center for Ministry and Spirituality’s Annual Summer Institute, held in the Annunciation Center at CSE.
With more than 30 years of clinical experience as a neuropsychologist, Dr. Tomaino has helped hundreds of patients recover from brain injuries. She presented her findings that thought processes have a profound effect on brain function. Stating, “The brain changes by choice, not by chance,” Dr. Tomaino emphasizes the connections of mind, body, and spirit. “Your spirit, your consciousness has the power to overcome,” she says.
Dr. Tomaino offered the following tips and tools:
Her message made an impact on members of her audience. Says attendee Pat Gerne, a mother of 10 and grandmother to 34, “I invite those I love in my life to process and to share the wisdom of spirituality and wellness.”