Scientists have long believed that by the time we turn 21 our brains stop growing. Recent discoveries have proven this is not so. Every day and for our entire lives, our brains are evolving in response to our experiences, thoughts, feelings, and actions. Exercises like these can help keep your brain sharp and neurons firing.
1-Look at the World Upside Down
Jill Bolte Taylor, neuroanatomist and author of 'My Stroke of Insight', suggests hanging a familiar item upside down. It makes the brain work differently to get the information it is looking for. Try inverting your calendar, family photos, a map, or even a clock.
2-Turn On Your Ears
Paula Oleska, founder of Natural Intelligence Systems, uses this exercise to help people stimulate the left hemisphere of the brain. Ears are very important sensory organs, but they "switch off" with excessive noise, diminishing the amount of information being received. This exercise turns the ears back on, improving clarity of hearing and overall alertness.
Firmly take hold of the tops of your ears and unroll the crease, pulling toward the back of your head. Repeat this movement, going systematically down through the whole ear. Repeat three or four times.
Paula Oleska, founder of Natural Intelligence Systems, suggests the cross crawl exercise to increase energy and stimulate memory and recall. By crossing the midline of the body, you activate the connections between the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
While standing, lift your left knee and touch it with your right hand. Then change to the right knee and left hand. Repeat for a few minutes.
Is it a vase or is it a face? Lynda Greenberg, a student of Dr. Betty Edwards, author of 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain', suggests trying this classic right-brain, left-brain exercise. Click on the picutre below and follow the instructions exactly and watch where you get caught up. Do you find it challenging? You can read about what's going on in your brain when you try it through the same link.
Source: Omega Institute
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