Science has turned on its head our understanding of the mind-body connection. This article is about how to change how you function to be congruent with the science. It introduces a sample practice to illustrate the approach.
There are many interpretations of the mind-body connection. The most common thread is that the mind, in one form or another, is in control of or is superior to the body. How did we become convinced that the mind is the main driver in the mind-body relationship? In the seventeenth century, philosopher Rene Descartes proposed that the body is essentially a machine that is controlled by the conscious mind. The machine body subordinate to the superior mind became a convenient way to structure society and education as we entered the industrial age. In the nineteenth century, an education system was devised for the masses based on the factory-model classroom. It was expedient to separate academic studies from physical activities. Then seventy years ago science went one step further and claimed the brain functions like a computer. The computer mind, machine body philosophy is fully entrenched in society as evidenced by how we educate, our approach to exercise, how we practice medicine, how we do business, how we learn new skills and more.
In the last decade science, with the advent of MRI technology, has turned on its head the computer mind over machine body belief. Neuroscience, in studying how the brain works, now knows it is a complex neurological organism that rewires itself as it learns and refines skills. The brain evolved to process all information it receives through the senses: what we hear, see, smell, taste, and touch. Every sense is activated by movement. But it isn’t any movement that matters because other scientific studies show that it’s the quality of our movements that lead to optimal function in any endeavor. It has also been shown that if movements become more primitive and less well organized, our thinking becomes limited and less creative.
Science has blown cartesian philosophy out of the water so now society must transition to become congruent with the science. We now know how the brain works thanks to science, but how de we actually make the transition?
We must reconnect with the non-conscious learning we were born with. When we learn non-consciously, then lose functionality, it is impossible to re-learn it because we don’t know how we learned it. I have spent many years working with people to re-teach lost function. I don’t show them any particular skill because they learn how to integrate five essential elements into all movements. The elements include how we evolved to move in gravity according to physics and Newton’s 3rd law of motion. To get an idea of how the approach works try the following:
To reconnect with the learning you naturally had as a young child you must reconnect with how it feels to move, respond appropriately to what you feel, understand how your structure is optimally organized for movement, and integrate five essential elements into all movements. Changing how you move to be congruent with the way your brain works will bring ease and effortlessness to your life spiritually, emotionally, physically, and intellectually.
About the author
J.B. Mason specializes in showing people how to function the way they evolved to eliminate pain, recover from injury, improve skills and more. Her approach reconnects the mind-body to be congruent with the new scientific understanding of brain function. The five essential elements mentioned in the article are fully explained in her book More Human Than Human. It is a practical guide to help anyone transition to better functionality. For more information go to http://movetoexcel.com