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Left Brained, Right Brained, Center Brained, My Brained

Perhaps you’re the kind of person that likes to identify with trends, use labels, associate activities with certain characteristics.

To be able to quickly and easily identify people with a label and then be startled when sometime in the future your prejudices are shattered doesn’t sound too open and willing to me, but perhaps I’m being prejudiced.

A friend of mine just called me ’emo’ because I said I wanted the slowest and most emotional music possible. She thinks I’m about to cry now. All I can think is how unfortunate it is that she has now lost all abilities to experience the very beautiful music I was listening to.

I just read this piece on The Guardian debunking the myth that there is no such thing as the left brain and right brain. There is no isolation. They work in unison. There is no separation, and has never been. And in fact, the separation has apparently never been proven by research, it’s just psychologist looking for catch-all phrases to characterize people.

The most important message from this article was the last paragraph.

What research has yet to refute is the fact that the brain is remarkably malleable, even into late adulthood. It has an amazing ability to reorganize itself by forming new connections between brain cells, allowing us to continually learn new things and modify our behavior. Let’s not underestimate our potential by allowing a simplistic myth to obscure the complexity of how our brains really work. ~Amy Novotney

Letting labels cloud the future is a dangerous proposition. Mind the gap.

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You Are Right and I Am Wrong

New age spirituality has a tendency to immediately discard any notions of religion, almost vehemently. That simple word has so many different connotations for everybody that it’s like a rainbow of emotions.

And what’s more, using this word seems to invite the non-believers among us to try and teach the religiously inclined why they’re wrong, who are usually at the same time trying to tell us it’s right.

Nobody wins. Nobody hears the other. And what is right and wrong?

If I understand correctly, the main opposition to religion is about the forced nature of it. New spiritual ideals say let’s let people find the answers for themselves through their own searching, not through being forced. Away from propaganda of organized religion, and into organic research and learning. Searching inside ourselves rather than reading about it in a book.

Perhaps the definition of spirituality is to learn from everything, from everybody, while trying to remove prejudices that cloud our ability to learn.

I think this starts with smiling, but I’m not 100% sure on that 🙂

How you define learning is up to you, but there is only one way to go about it.


Eating Habits

Eating right is the key to staying healthy mentally and physically. If you are stuffing cheeseburgers and fries down your throat every day, this is basically putting rotten oil into your car. After a while, it will simply shut down and tell you no more.

You need to fill your body with healthy foods that give it the proper nutrients needed to sustain an active mind and body. It is hard to get your mind able to accept the healthy track at the start, but you will find it will soon become a exciting challenge to find great foods to eat that are healthy and nutritious.

A few tips for scheduling your eating are simple.

  1. Spread out your meals. All the food, at one sitting is not healthy. If this is your regular habit, try storing half of the food in a container for a few hours and finish it off later.
  2. Don’t buy the un-healthy foods at the store. Finish off what’s left in your cupboard and don’t buy it anymore.
  3. Keeping three or more meals a day is a good tactic. If you keep more than three, you can reduce the amount at each sitting you eat, and allow your stomach to digest smaller bits of food more thoroughly. NOTE: This takes practice, and time for your body to get used to it.
  4. Do not mix eating habits, if you’re pecking at food all day, do not have three big meals too.

Having a blend in the morning is a great way to get your day started off right with healthy foods and a big meal. The following is my favorite blend recipe:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2/3 cup of rolled oats
  • ½ tablespoon of flax seeds
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cantaloupe
  • ½ cup of blueberries

I often substitute in papaya, apple, kiwi, raspberries, or strawberries for the cantaloupe.

This very healthy, and it’s very low in the carbs that you find in most traditional meals like cereal or toast have. This means you’ll start to become thinner with only changing what you eat for breakfast.