How The Brain Gets Information
Our ability to learn is dependent on how well we function. According to neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert the only reason you have a brain and nervous system is because you move. Science, with MRI technology, discovered that all information entering the brain is through the body, specifically the senses. Furthermore, science observed that as functionality becomes more complex and refined we think better. This makes sense since the information your consciousness gets is from the part of the brain that processes all sensory information. The question is how can you refine and optimize functionality to think better?
How To Feel
The only way to improve how you function is by what you feel. The brain will only let you know when you are misusing or overusing muscles. What you may feel are sensations such as stiffness, sore, fatigue, pain, discomfort and other feel that we don't have words or labels for. Poor functionality that is habituated complicates your ability to feel. Your consciousness is capable of feeling two or three sensations. The two or three sensations you feel have been filtered for you by the sensory part of your brain as being the highest priority to resolve. The rest of the sensations have been filtered from your consciousness. Drugs can also mask what you feel. Those with severe limitations can learn to ignore all sensory feel which makes an even bigger challenge for them to reconnect with what they feel.
How To Feel Practice
To get an idea of how to feel try the following:
- Make a fist. What do you feel? If you are not sure make a tighter fist until you do feel something.
- Do you feel something contracting in your lower arm? How about the upper arm?
- Is your shoulder contracted? Are you clenching your teeth? Do you hold your breath as you make a fist?
- Is your neck stiffening as you make a fist.
- Repeat the movement many times scanning your body from head to toe to notices what contracts.
- You may be shocked to learn you use everything in your body to make a fist. Yikes!
Too Much Force!
We use way too much force in all that we do. We overuse muscles to perform even simple actions such as flicking off a fly, brushing our teeth, or closing a car door. The overuse of muscles creates resistance in our body that we rapidly habituate into non-conscious, permanently contracted states. For example most of us push against or resist the ground when we walk, run, or stand by locking the knees, holding our breath, contracting the belly and butt muscles, and more. If we did not resist then it would feel like the ground is supporting the body as we yield and adjust to the contours of it in any function.
How to Respond to What You Feel
The brain gives you messages of misused and overused muscles in the expectation that you will change to function better. Unfortunately, our learned response to those messages is to double-down. Who hasn't been told that feeling the burn is good, that sore muscles mean you must be making them stronger, that gritting through the pain shows you are tough and determined. Ever seen an animal or child learn or refine functionality this way? Refining and learning functionality should be effortless and fun, not laborious and painful.
The NeuroElements approach shows you how to respond appropriately to brain messages so that refining and optimizing functionality becomes effortless and fun. The more optimally you function the faster and easier it is to learn new stuff, and that in turn improves your ability to rationalize, analyze and organize what you learn more effectively.
Start Learning Faster Now!
Transitioning your life to function as your brain is designed to learn you must once again become fully conscious and aware of your body as you function. The additional complication now is that you must also undo habits and patterns you established over the years. The good news is that you can undo habits and patterns in a fraction of the time it took you to entrench them making it possible to become fully functional (as your brain is designed to learn) at any age.