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Brain juggle with the Forward Thinking™ exercise to get out of a jam

March 23rd, 2011 Kevin No comments

Brain juggling? What’s that?

I explained the term in a prior post. Brain juggling refers to our ability to consciously place attention on one part of our brain or another– just like we can place attention on our big toe, knee, or index finger.

Who cares?

On first blush it sounds like brain juggling won’t amount to anything, right?

Hey! I am the one asking the questions. Okay, you got me: will it amount to anything?

Yes. It can save your marriage, launch your career, and raise your kids to be amazing people.

Brain juggling can do all that… that’s silly!

Yes it can. Once you master the art of brain juggling (it’s really quite simple), you can apply it to your benefit in lots of ways. For example, you can practice the Forward Thinking™ exercise.

Forward Thinking, that sounds like something I’ll do in the future. Did I get that right?

Nope.

What does it mean?

It means you can “juggle” your conscious attention to the front part of your brain. Quite literally, you can place your attention on the two frontal lobes. These are magical places where being human happens for us.

You mean we can consciously “think” about being in the front of our head to get there?

So to speak. Just like thinking about your big toe and then having the nerves and cells of your toe sense you are thinking about them, you can also “think” yourself to the front part of your head.

Why on earth do I want to (a) brain juggle or (b) do the Forward Thinking exercise?

Because Forward Thinking grounds you in a verbal fight; keeps your mind clear in the middle of an emergency; and helps you leap tall buildings in a single bound. Well, maybe not the last one.

For what reasons can Forward Thinking do what you claim?

It’s voodoo science at the moment so bear with me. The notion is, when you “attend” to a particular location of the brain it “fires up” and the cells in the area you think of turn on and get active.

So?

So… those are the cells that help us compare and contrast, reason, explore the meaning of our emotions, imagine, and come up with alternative solutions or plans, among other things. Firing them up is smart.

Your claim is that Forward Thinking will help me think, act, and get better results?

That is exactly right!

I don’t believe you.

I know, it sounds too weird to be true. So please go ahead and try it for a week. Let me know how it goes!

Use this address to share your thoughts: Brainjuggling@KnowledgeAdvocate.com

Thank you!

Kevin Leahy

Founder, Knowledge Advocate, LLC

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Brain juggling

March 4th, 2011 Kevin No comments

What’s this post about?

Brain juggling.

What’s brain juggling?

Brain juggling is the ability to consciously “fire up” different parts of your brain at will, and “juggle” them about a bit.

That makes no sense! You can’t do that, can you?

Yes, we can.

Prove it?

If you would, go ahead and think about your toes.

I almost wiggled them! Now what?

Still thinking of them?

Yes.

Sensing them more than usual?

Yes.

Your toes (the cells in them anyway) sense they are being paid attention to, am I right?

Sort of.

Your toe cells might be more conscientious of your conscious attention on them, true?

You might say that.

Now do the same with your fingers please.

You mean think about my fingers and “activate” them just like I was doing with my toes?

Exactly.

Okay, I moved my conscious attention from my toes to my fingers; now what?

You just juggled from one part of your body to another, didn’t you?

Yeah, so?

That movement from one place in your body to another shows you can pay attention to different parts of your body and juggle from one part to another.

So what?

So… that means you can do the same thing with your brain.

No it doesn’t!

How do you know?

I don’t: the whole idea just seems too weird. Now what?

Stick with me for a moment.

You claim thinking of a brain part “activates” it just like when I activate my toes or fingers?

Exactly.

I can “fire up” parts of my brain merely by focusing on them?

Yes.

Can you explain it with an example?

Sure. Think of your entire left brain please.

Doing it; now what?

Just like with your toes and how you moved from your toes to your fingers, please go ahead and move from the left brain to your right brain. Flip from one side of your brain to the other.

Did it; now what?

For a moment, go back and forth: flip, flop; flip, flop. Closing your eyes might help so you can “see” the brain sections your are flipping in your imagination better.

Hey! That hurts my head!

It can hurt the first few times you try it. Maybe you’ve never thought of doing this kind of thing before. Hey! Maybe this is your first brain juggling effort ever; congratulations!

What next?

Try this one: go from the front of the left brain to the back of the right brain.

Woah! Can I really do that?

You won’t know till you try, right?

Alright: that was sort of hard. Do neurons even connect between those two parts?

Likely, and they are probably not commonly used pathways. At least you connected those parts with your imagination. Perhaps conscious attention helps us fire up different brain parts and connect them as well.

Any other brilliant ideas?

Sure: think about the front of your brain and flip from the right front of your brain to the left front of your brain, and then back again. Also think about connecting them together as you do that.

Weird.

I know, brain juggling is kinda weird. It turns out those parts do different things for us, so that will be for another blog post, what that might mean for connecting our brain together to make it more whole.

Stop it! No mas, please. Also, did you just make that phrase up, “brain juggling?”

Yes.

What does “brain juggling” stand for?

Brain juggling is the act of moving your awareness from one part of your brain to another; in other words, juggling one part of your brain with another, e.g., from the left side to the right side and back again.

Why would I do that?

Because the brain is a network. And like a social network, it likes to be connected and works better when it’s connected. Brain juggling connects different parts of your brain together in your imagination at least.

Anything else?

Brain juggling might also connect different parts of your brain together in reality as well.

How do you know that?

Real juggling increases connections in our brains, so it is entirely plausible that when brain juggling, we increase the connections in our brains from one part of them to the others.

So how does brain juggling help me?

Brain juggling may well help connect your brain together merely by moving your attention from one part of your brain to another; in the process, it may make your brain healthier because it makes it work better.

Are you sure about that?

Of course not! This kind of thing is hard to prove right now because our tools for proving it are not all that sophisticated yet. Give it some time, they are making the tools better every day.

So why would I brain juggle if we don’t know if it will work?

What have you got to lose?

You make a good point.

Researchers tell us is that the brain follows the classic “use it or lose it” proposition.

So?

So using your brain more is a good thing in general and specifically, brain juggling helps you imagine using your brain more and probably helps connect it together in reality as well.

Go ahead and juggle your brain some, let me know how it goes:

Brainjuggling@KnowledgeAdvocate.com

Thank you!

Kevin Leahy, founder

Knowledge Advocate, LLC

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