The idea is simple: the more areas of our brain we activate at once, the more areas of our brain become connected to each other, and the faster our brains can change in the future.
In recent years, there has been a swarm of online brain-training programs, offering computer games that they claim are like "going to the gym" for your brain.
But what's making us feel like we need a gym for our brains in the first place? It's sitting and clicking on screens all day, which diminishes our ability to control our own attention and weakens our connection to our bodies and the space around us. The real world is more multidimensional than a screen with speakers.
Playing computer games a little bit is actually great for our brains. Playing computer games a lot hurts our brains, and it can't be fixed by playing more computer games.
So then what actually IS "going to the gym" for your brain?
Well, one answer is: going to the gym for your body. Any physical exercise, in fact, has been shown to benefit brain health, both in the short and long term. That's one part of the answer.
What makes the brain maximally efficient is connection between distant brain regions. This has been called "global connectivity," and it means how well our separate brain regions communicate and work with each other.
One of the main purposes of this class is to expand our ability to connect separate brain regions. By combining movement in the legs, juggling with the hands, and verbal and visual mental exercises, we create powerful new connections.
- Exercises to quickly boost energy, focus, and creativity.
- An understanding of the 3 types of human attention, their importance in skill learning and psychological growth, and methods for increasing all of them.
- New, scientifically supported training and practice techniques. Integrating these into our learning experiences makes us better at improving all kinds of physical, emotional, and mental skills. (See here for more research).
- Powerful methods of choosing and maintaining long-term practice habits.
- Meditation and mindfulness techniques, and the differences between the two.
- Juggling patterns with at least 1 and 2 balls (or 3 for those who already have a juggling practice).
Benefits you can gain from practicing the exercises for long enough (the longer the practice, the stronger the benefits):
- Increased physical, emotional, and mental intelligence (see definition #1).
- Changes in your brain structure that can be seen on an MRI scan. These would come from learning how to juggle and practicing meditation alone after two to three months. Combined with other components of Brain Body Mastery, there is no telling what kinds of neurological changes may result.
- More access to flow states (sometimes referred to as 'optimal experiences').
- Better physical balance, rhythm, and coordination.
- Uncanny ninja-like reflexes, mostly in the form of quickly catching things that accidentally fall from tables or counters (great for parties).