If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn. If children live with hostility, they learn to fight. If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive. If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves. If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy. If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy. If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty. If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence. If children live with tolerance, they learn patience. If children live with praise, they learn appreciation. If children live with acceptance, they learn to love. If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves. If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal. If children live with sharing, they learn generosity. If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness. If children live with fairness, they learn justice. If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect. If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them. If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
by Dorothy Law Nolte
I absolutely love this and think it’s so very to the point ~ we’ll do what we see around us, not what we get told. Be conscious about what you model ~ it really makes a difference!
Here we are moving right along with another very basic and very important contribution to brain health and happiness – H2O! Water is incredibly important in our system, it is an excellent conductor of electrical energy. Water facilitates an effective conductivity of electrical currents between our brain and our sensory organs. So in order to make ‘sense’ out of world, we need to have enough water in our system.
Our bodies are made up of about 70% (the numbers vary) and not replenishing water during the day can cause the strangest health and well-being problems (ranging from headaches, to nausea, to over-eating, to poor concentration and much more).
As with most basic things we can do for ourselves, it’s easily done, also easily not done………… You will almost always see me with a water-bottle. It’s a good way to keep drinking water during the day and a good way to keep track of how much I’ve had. I aim to drink at least 64 oz. per day.
As we’re massaging these particular points we’re making sure that there is more oxygenated blood going to our brain. Your brain is about 1/50 of your body weight and it uses about 1/5 of your oxygen! So – yes indeed, this is important!
This is one of the simplest and easiest tools you could ever use to turn your brain ‘back on’………… you can do it anywhere, anytime, and it is not expensive or addictive………….
The points we are massaging are right under your clavicles, to the side of your sternum. You’d put a thumb in one ‘dent’ and your index and middle-finger on the other dent. You then gently massage while your other hand is covering your belly button. This helps to turn your brain ‘back on’ – fresh oxygenated blood to your brain while stimulating your gravitational center so you’ll find your balance at the same time! Easy, effective and for free – anytime you’d like to use this tool!
Of course there’s more info on this – let me know if you’d like to know more!
One of the things I find over and over again in working with people, is a certain disconnect between left and right hemisphere. The information and knowledge available on the left side and the information and knowledge on the right side just don’t seem to connect. Which results in being able to do one thing, but not in combination with another activity.
It’s the person you go on a walk with – and every time conversation starts to happen, they just stop walking in order to talk. (often this is masked by “looking at something else” as a cover-up ~ because not being able to walk and talk at the same time is judged by others!)
In this simple example of reading ~ it means being able to see the letters, name the letters, however not being able to put the letters together to form the word. An ongoing struggle for a lot of people who we label as “dyslexic”.
Or as my friend Michael Hagedorn ( check him out at crataegus.com) says, there’s the word ‘fork’ on the left side and the right side of his brain will come up with three images simultaneously. Hard to choose which on is the ‘appropriate’ image!
I will start blogging on tools you can use yourself to help with these issues soon!
In reality we all experience learning challenges in one way or another. There are those tasks we just seem to not be able to complete, skills we have a hard time learning, movements that always feel awkward. Then we slap a label on them (I’m simplifying a bit here!) and you’ll ‘have to learn to live with it’…………
Some do, some don’t.
There are many options these days to address learning challenges in a different, gentler, effective and inspiring way. One of the major tools I use in my practice is the ‘art of muscle-testing’ ~ a bio-feedback system that let’s us tune into the person’s body/mind/field in a very accurate way to pin-point what is happening that is causing the challenge. Once we can establish that, we can create a plan of action on how to diminish/delete that challenge.
It’s not that hard, it’s just different from what we’ve been trained to think!