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What Is Mental Dexterity? How You Can Increase Yours

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Our greatest human adventure is the evolution of consciousness. We are in this life to enlarge the soul, liberate the spirit, and light up the brain.

Tom Robbins

Mental dexterity” means a sharpness of mind, or skill in thinking creatively and understanding and expressing something quickly and easily.

When you think of dexterity what comes to mind? I automatically think of flexibility.

The definition of flexibility is the quality of bending easily without breaking, the ability to be easily modified, or the willingness to change or compromise.

Our brains have that flexibility, that power — our wondrous mind and the possibilities that each of us carry within us. How many of you think about your brain, and it’s capabilities?

To some extent, each of us is aware on some level, but I believe most of the time we are not. For the most part, our brain goes about its busy work without any thought from us.

We should be paying more attention because inside our brain is the potential for so much more. We have to stimulate, or exercise, our brain for it to be flexible, and maintain its dexterity. We should treat our brain as we would our bodies if we were training for a marathon.

Have you ever heard of Neuroplasticity? Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to regenerate itself. It is similar to rewiring an engine. Our brain automatically does this based on our experiences or stimuli.

It refers to the physiological changes in the brain that happen as the result of our interactions with our environment. From the time the brain begins to develop in utero until the day we die, the connections among the cells in our brains reorganize in response to our changing needs. This dynamic process allows us to learn from and adapt to different experiences”

– Celeste Campbell (n.d.).

How exciting is that! Think of the possibilities. We reboot our computers, but our brains reboot themselves. Humans have the potential for extraordinary change.

So how do we stimulate and nurture our brains to produce brain growth and enhance our abilities?

There are so many options and, guess what? Many are the same, or similar, to what we are already encouraged to do for good health and longevity.

Yoga – yes, yoga. It is physical activity, and it also helps connect your brain to your body. The breathing practice creates mindfulness. Yoga can be a form of meditation which connects you to your mind and creates focus. It requires self-discipline and concentration. Practicing yoga can lead to a self-analysis of our mental and emotional state.

Physical activity/exercise – Exercise increases our heart rate, which in turn increases the amount of oxygen sent to our brain. Physical activity also stimulates the release of chemicals that effect the health of brain cells and the growth of new blood vessels in the brain. Exercise helps produce new blood vessels in the brain and the abundance and survival of new brain cells. That is so exciting!

Learning new skills – Do something new and different, such as a new language, playing chess, learning to play a new instrument. I like all those ideas, but this is my favorite: learning a new subject. Researching and learning about the brain would be an immense undertaking. There is so much to learn.

Reading Fiction Books – Yes, one more reason to read, I love it! The storytelling aspect of a novel is a multi-faceted form of communication that engages a broad range of brain regions. Studies show that reading improves our brain connectivity. When we read fiction, the neurons in our temporal cortex trick our mind. We think we are doing something, but we are not.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201401/reading-fiction-improves-brain-connectivity-and-function

Being creative – Drawing, painting, working with clay, fabric art, and yes, writing. When you are creative, you are using different areas of your brain. The creative mind is always working, and your brain is activated by what you are doing.

Learning to play a musical instrument – When you play a musical instrument, it creates a better connection between the left and right side of your brain. The left side controls your motor functions, and the right side is learning the melody. Your cognitive function that helps you carry out any task improves when the two areas work together.

We have so many options available to us to improve ourselves. The fact that we have the capability to regenerate our brain means we can regenerate how we think, what we do, and how we influence the world. We can make our minds stronger, better and because of that we can do the same with our hearts and bodies.

Our brain is like a magic box that holds so much more than we can ever imagine……Don’t limit yourself.

Janelle Kene

Think of the possibilities if we all could do this, if we choose to do this. Power up, people!

As always, thank you for reading my blog. Have a wonderful day…may the regeneration begin!

Posted in Learning, Motivation, Personal Development, Positive Thinking, Potential, Self Improvement

Quote Of The Day

“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.” 

― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

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Posted in Excitement, Inspiration, Joy, Motivation, Positive Thinking, Potential, Self Improvement

Quote Of The Day

“When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.”

Shannon L. Adler
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Quote Of The Day

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”

– Ashley Smith
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Posted in Positive Thinking

Quote Of The Day

Time flows in a strange way on Sundays

Haruki Murakami
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Posted in Communication, Inspiration, Learning, Personal Development, Positive Thinking, Potential, Self Improvement

Finding Balance In Life, Both Work And Play, Here’s How.

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Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create

Jana Kingsford

Look at that crazy man in the image above. Have you ever felt you were balancing on a wire above a wide-open space with a long, long way down? You are desperately trying to maintain that balance and not fall!

Life is all about maintaining balance. Keeping all your ducks in a row and not letting them drift away.

What do you think about each morning when you first wake up? Usually, I think about what is on the schedule today, what do I have to do? What is most important, what should I do first? Do I have to do that now or can it wait?

If I were still working for someone else, it would be more defined. My schedule is much more relaxed now, but it is still necessary to maintain one. I think everyone should have one.

It is all about balance. We have a list of things we need to do to maintain our personal life, and there is also a list for our professional life. There always seems to be an adjustment needed. There is the unexpected, something small which can be set aside for now or something big which you cannot ignore. Everything is interconnected and is affected by any change.

Some days it seems impossible. You want to scream, throw your hands up in frustration, and walk away. But you can’t. In most cases, we get through the day by doing one thing at a time, making adjustments as we go. You figure out a way to gain control again.

Tomorrow will be better. What if it isn’t? What if you are out of balance. Not just a little bit, but where all your connecting bits and pieces do not fit anymore. You feel drained of all your energy and are exhausted at the end of the day. You are irritated and out of sorts. Nothing is working, and you are not accomplishing what you need to do.

Help! What can you do?

First, think about all those bits and pieces and how you are attempting to manage them now. The way you are doing things is not working. You have to be committed to making a change. If you continue on the same course, nothing is going to change, and it will get worse.

It’s time to make some changes. Put your current plan, or schedule, on a paper or a chalk board. Something you can see clearly and it is easy to cross, or wipe, off as you make adjustments. Make an assessment. Remember you are trying to put every aspect of your life in focus. They all interconnect. You cannot change one without it affecting the other.

What should be in your plan? Maybe, you were leaving something out before and that is why your plan was not working. Make a list. It is so easy to concentrate on work but you leave out the personal stuff thinking you can squeeze it in. Nope, it does not work that way.

What should you include?

Work, that is how you make your living.

Your family and relationships. Their schedules all intertwine with yours.

Money and budgets, all the financial stuff, you cannot forget about that.

Health. Include time for physical fitness; it should be part of your schedule. You should also be including time for the doctor and dentist and all your, and your family’s health needs.

Socialization. Take time to be with friends and family.

Religion. You should also include time for any religious activity in which you want to participate.

What is the most significant, most important activity? What comes next? Start moving things around and keep making adjustments. It is the time to think about what needs to be part of your plan and what isn’t that important. Can you eliminate anything. What has value?

When you have a plan you think will work, put it into action, and see if it works. Keep making adjustments as needed. This activity warrants your time because it is what will keep your life in balance. It should not be something you do on occasion when you realize it no longer works. You need to assess what is working and what is not. It is much easier to make mini adjustments as they are required instead of a total overhaul.

As always, thank you for reading my blog. I’m so happy that reading is part of your schedule. It’s important. Have a wonderful balanced day.

Posted in Coping, Depression, Inspiration, Positive Thinking, Potential, Self Improvement

Quote Of The Day

I am Bent, but not broken. I am Scarred, but not disfigured. I am Sad, but not hopeless. I am Tired, but not powerless. I am Angry, but not bitter. I am Depressed, but not giving up.

Author Unknown
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