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This interesting article hits upon many points that I have personally experienced. In my case, I remember a distinct intuitive understanding that there was a language barrier that separated my mom and dad and didn't allow them to meet fully. My desire was to understand the perspective of each person and try to help them to communicate with each other. It is an interesting experience to understand completely where each person is coming from, yet see that they cannot understand each other.
What are your experiences in this realm??
Hyperconnected yet along? Enjoy this TED talk!
Yet another interesting article on the brain and meditation.
Change has this reputation of being difficult.
When you actually break it down, the process of change can actually be simple, but not easy when you don’t have the right tools or approach.
Combine this with the fact that the brain is not a huge fan of change and you can see how change has earned its reputation.
I will give you a few key words that can turn it all around and hack open the mystery of change.
They are: practice, repetition, and fun.
I know that these words are not particularly earth-shattering or sexy, but lasting change is not a flashy fad.
It is consistent, deliberate, and intentional action.
Think about the activities in your life that are so automatic that you don’t have to think to do them such as walking, running, reading, writing, driving, cooking, playing an instrument, learning to speak a language.
When you were a baby these things seemed gargantuan and impossible, AND here you are, doing them with ease.
Think about the hours you spent practicing these things, and how many times these activities have fired the neurons in your brain, how many times they have been reinforced(myelinated), and continue to be every time you do them.
Now think about the changes you want to create and how many times you have repeated the habits that support or negate those changes. Now think about what you want to do about them.
Here are some brain friendly habit hacking tips that will support you in making the changes that enhance the ease and enjoyment of your life!
Comment below to share how they worked for you, share your successes and to share some of your own.
Top 10 Brain Friendly Tips for Hacking your Habits
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The brain does not like open loops. Read on.
I recently went to an event put on by my friend Patrycja Slawta, a psychology researcher, called
"Mindhacking: Finish Strong & Well" which focused on the science of endings.
It was an interesting talk with an emphasis on how strong beginnings need to have a good ending before it.
In my experience working with people, I frequently see how old habits and unfinished business wreaks havoc on a person's desire for new beginnings.
It is important to take care of business, finish things, put closure to relationships, get rid of unnecessary obligations and objects, because these things all impact the next thing to follow.
Pati also spoke about open and closed loops. She spoke of how the human brain loves closure, and when an activity is finished, the brain can truly let it go.
There is research that shows when something is unfinished, it is in essence, an "open loop". The brain views open loops as something that it needs to keep track of, and is doing so even when you are not consciously aware of it. These open loops sap energy from your overall mental capacity.
As you approach the end of the year, how many open loops do you have looming in your subconscious awareness?
Are there unfinished projects, old relationships, amends, apologies, and conversations that need to be had cluttering your ending, and by extension, your new beginning?
If you answered yes to any of these questions and want to clear the slate of these things, come for a private Brain Detox session to clear the slate for an amazing 2016.
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There are many times I talk to people and speak about brain integration, and the usual response is one of wonder or confusion.
Brain integration is something that we all need and do, to greater or lesser success, but is not something people can immediately identify or relate to---like the experience of being hungry or thirsty.
When you ask someone to recall a time they were hungry or thirsty, there is an immediate understanding and ease because it's something that you can clearly feel.
Brain integration, not so much.
I have spent the last 4 days in Montreal- immersed in deep study about the brain and learning and behavior. Like all brain gym related kinesiology classes we learn some theory and spend the rest of the time balancing our own brains for greater integration.
The reason it is hard to explain brain integration to people is because it's an unconscious process. That is, when the brain gets more integrated, the senses that feed it information begin to communicate and coordinate better. So as a skill becomes integrated it goes from conscious effort to automatic ease.
Once something becomes automatic and easy we quickly forget that it was ever a problem.
We most often understand brain integration better when it's actually NOT working.
When you can't organize yourself, when you can't remember things, when you can't focus, when you are stressed out! That is when brain integration has broken down due to stress or other factors, and life feels challenging.
I had a concrete example of brain integration that may illuminate the process.
I came here t Montreal with two full bags.
While here I bought gifts and got three more manuals which I wasn't sure how I was going to get home.
On the eve of the last day of brain integration class, I pack my bags without really thinking about it.
I don't particularly have a difficult time packing, but I came here with full bags that didn't have any more space.
However, in about 20 minutes, without really focusing or thinking about it too long, I pack everything, complete with gifts and extra manuals AND with a lot of extra room in one of my bags.
As the brain gets integrated the tactile(touch) system, visual system, visual motor integration and fine and gross motor coordination improve- thereby making tasks that require spatial awareness(like packing) to get easier.
Even if your brain is integrated for the most part, there can be things that can be done with even greater ease and effortlessness.
And if there are things that you have to do on a daily or regular basis, that are particularly challenging, you can also make that easier by addressing the coordination and integration within your brain.
Post below with some areas of challenge and your coping strategies!
Music stretches the brain and makes you smarter!
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Happiness and Gratitude are not just a whimsy of people who don't have a care in the world. It is a disposition that once you adopt, brings you greater calm, decreased stress, greater productivity, all the way to a longer life. More and more research shows this to be true.
Here are two such examples!
Enjoy your Day of Thanksgiving, and may it grow to be every day of the year!
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