April 07th 2011 - MindScape - Expand Your Neural Network
Written by: Andrea Carter, Certified MindScape & BodyTalk Instructor
Your brain is a thinking organ that learns and grows by interacting with the world through perception and action. Mental stimulation improves brain function and actually protects against cognitive decline, as does physical exercise.
The human brain is able to continually adapt and rewire itself. Even in old age, it can grow new neurons. Severe mental decline is usually caused by disease, whereas most age-related losses in memory or motor skills simply result from inactivity and a lack of mental exercise and stimulation. In other words, use it or lose it.
Throughout life, your neural networks reorganize and reinforce themselves in response to new stimuli and learning experiences.
This body-mind interaction is what stimulates brain cells to grow and connect with each other in complex ways.
They do so by extending branches of intricate nerve fibers called dendrites (from the Latin word for “tree”).
These are the antennas through which neurons receive communication from each other.
A healthy, well-functioning neuron can be directly linked to tens of thousands of other neurons, creating a totality of more than a hundred trillion connections – each capable of performing 200 calculations per second! This is the structural basis of your brain’s memory capacity and thinking ability.
As a product of its environment, your “three pound universe” is essentially an internal map that reflects your external world.
Research on the physical results of thinking has shown that just using the brain actually increases the number of dendritic branches that interconnect brain cells. The more we think, the better our brains function – regardless of age.
MindScape is a course that teaches individuals through experiencing, to engage the mind, while engaging all senses. The experience of learning how to engage your mind and brain simultaneously is a key element in decreasing the amount of cognitive decline experienced in today’s society.
The course will teach you how to engage mental activities, enable you to access areas that have not been exercised effectively, as well as teach you how vast your mind can be.
The average person uses only 5% of their brain’s capacity, what do you think you could do if you learned how to engage more?
Learning these techniques is only the first step. Once you’ve taken the frame work and made it yours, (within the context of your life), you can then use it for business, sports, healing, or just increasing your potential of your life!
As Marcus Aurelius stated, "He who lives in harmony with himself, lives in harmony with the universe". Thousands of others just like you have taken these steps, wouldn’t you like to be next?
Andrea Carter, Certified MindScape & BodyTalk Instructor