Brain balance

Yesterday, after posting about life balance, I started to reflect on how nearly everything we create in our lives – on the outside – begins life on the inside.

All the things we do, say, or make begin as a thought of what we want … or what we don’t want. After we’ve had that thought, we generally have an attitude about the thing, which leads us to take some sort of action.

If we are feeling balanced on the inside, then we naturally create a balanced life on the outside. However, if we rely too much on one aspect of ourselves or our life, we are pulled out of balance. So, anyway, with all this reflecting, I came to the conclusion that if I am going to create a more balanced experience “out there”, then I need to create most brain balance “in here”.

This is the list of steps that I have compiled to create more mind/brain balance … 

Step 1: Eat foods that feeds the brain.

Our brain cells work really hard even while we’re asleep. To do their job properly, they need a constant supply of glucose. We can enrich our glucose levels by eating top-notch grains, such as rye, oats, quinoa, and brown rice.

This morning, as a special brain-loving treat, I made all of the family a bowl of porridge (made with water to keep it nearest to it’s natural state). Result? Revolting! It tasted like wall-paper paste. Everyone hated it – especially Andrew who is a chef and takes bad food as a personal insult. I said, “it’s not for your taste-buds, it’s for your brain!” They just pulled faces. Peasents!  

Andrew’s Porridge Perfection Recipe;”To make a bowl of plain porridge use full fat milk, nutmeg, cinnamon  and a spoon brown sugar – all mixed in whilst cooking. Then sprinkle more brown sugar on top once served. Alternatively, try Coconut Porridge made with coconut cream. Mmmm.”

My answer to that … the idea is – Andrew – it’s supposed to be healthy!

 

Step 2: Oxygenate your brain and clear your head

Your brain learns and grows by interacting with the world. This happens through your perception and actions. We all know that mental stimulation improves our brain function and actually protects against cognitive decline, but so does physical exercise. 

Walking is great for the brain because it increases blood circulation allowing more oxygen and glucose to reach the hardworking little braincells. As walking isn’t strenuous your other muscles don’t take up the glucose, allowing even more for your brain. 

 
 
     

Step 3: Balance your left and right brain with meditation

When you meditate your brain wave balance is altered and this results in feelings of happiness and peace. The effect is so pervasive that it spills over into your daily activities. With regular practise over time, a feeling of inner balance and happiness becomes your normal way of being.

For the doubters out there –  scientists are currently undertaking various tests with Buddhist monks to see whether there is a link between a healthier, more flexible brain and meditation. Studies have shown that there is a positive correlation. If you are interested in meditating there are loads of great article son the web. Some companies even produce CDs of music that are supposed to balance your brain waves and put you into a meditative state quickly and easily.

For me though, I prefer to simply sit, follow my breath and repeat my little mantra over and over again. I follow this by imagining myself filled with love, light, gratitude and gorgeousness then sending out those feelings into the world.

 

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