We had the pleasure and honor of bringing biologist, author, and Brain Gym teacher, Carla Hannaford, PhD to New York to teach the class, "Physiological Basis of Educational Kinesiology". Educational kineiology, more commonly known as Brain Gym, is a series of simple and effective movements that remove learning blocks.
Carla skillfully combined the latest research in the field of neurology and integrated teaching, into fun and interactive learning experiences that we could easily take into our own daily lives as well as our professions.
She also taught us, through modeling and play, the importance of heart centered presence and fun in the process of learning and growing efforlessly.
Carla has several books, all of which are on the recommended reading list, but her newest book, "Playing in the Unified Field: Raising and Becoming Conscious, Creative Human Beings" includes some of the most cutting edge information regarding the brain and development and integration. Click here for more information on the book.
I have been experimenting with "unplugging" myself from the grid. That is, turning off my cell phone, leaving my computer and spending time doing other things. I was surprised to find that it was harder than I thought. So many aspects of our lives, work, socialization, and leisure are woven together with technological devices, that it feels strange to turn it all off. But I find that once I have been unplugged for a while, there is a calm that comes over me. A subtle but definite "coming down" of sorts.
I once spent a month in a place that has no internet or cell phones. I remember entering back into areas where these things were accessible and feeling like I was being zapped.
The effect of computers and technology on our brains is a growing field of study. Here is an article that focuses on technology and attention.
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