Mind Streching for Brain Cell Development & Eating Disorder Recovery
- Category: Coping Strategies
I love it when science catches up with ancient wisdom and makes wisdom "evidence based." This brain function information is so very important for eating disorder recovery.
Brain Function Research Findings
The research findings are not just about the aging brain. They also applies to brains that have gotten stuck in rigid thinking and have been deprived of nourishment on every level. Every person who has struggled with an eating disorder can give themselves a recovery boost by honoring and nourishing the physicality of their brain. And that means eating enough nourishing food and giving yourself nourishing mind experiences.
To keep your mind functioning well, to bring up to speed a rigid and limited mind set, to break the "spell" of outmoded regimented thinking or obsessive thoughts, wisdom of the East has told us for thousands of years, go to beginner mind.
Beginner mind? Yes. It doesn't mean to become a child. It means to start fresh with no acquired knowledge and let yourself develop. Your development will probably occur in new ways and lead you to new ways of thinking, relating, problem solving and creating.
If you are a dancer and want to be a better dancer, learn to sculpt. If you are a writer and want to be a better writer, learn to dance. Start anything at all where you have to learn from the beginning awkward stages and you will improve your brain function and your mind's ability to think and create.
The article in the New York Times, "How to Train the Aging Brain" spells the process out nicely and in easy to understand detail.
(mind)...stretching is exactly what scientists say best keeps a brain in tune: get out of the comfort zone to push and nourish your brain. Do anything from learning a foreign language to taking a different route to work.
How To Grow Your Brain and Stretch Your Mind
Examples that are easy to bring into your life:
Brush your teeth with your other hand.
Flip your mouse to your non-dominant hand
Switch your kitchen drawers around so dishes, pots and pans and silverware are in different places
Hold your phone with your other hand
Draw with your non-dominant hand
Write with your non dominant hand
Take a class in something you are interested in but know nothing about
Study the geography of where you live or where you were born
Even More Challenging:
Go to a lecture or event where you know in advance you disagree with the major premise
Read an article or book all the way through where you disagree with what the writer is saying
Without anger, accusations, name calling or glittering generalities, write a clear, thoughtful and honest comment on blog posts, youtube showings, website articles, newspaper articles in which you disagree and present your position.
Give your brain cells the opportunity to stretch and grow. They will help you stretch and grow into eating disorder recovery - a very nice place to be.
Please share your experience with mind stretching!