There’s much talk about neuroplasticity these days. The brain’s capacity for change is enormous. People used to think that abilities and preferences were hardcoded, either genetically or during childhood. Now, it seems, that mind training can improve any skill.
This creates a decision for you:
Do you want to drift through life until age starts tearing apart your mind?
Or do you want to grow every day, building intelligence and wisdom with each moment in life?
It turns out that the brain is like a muscle:
Use it or lose it.
Exercise the brain and it becomes stronger. Let it sit idle and it weakens.
This is the rule of biology: what’s the point of wasting resources on a powerful, healthy mind…
… unless you’re going to use it.
It’s a good analogy, comparing a brain to a muscle. Not only does it enshrine the value of exercise, it emphasises the need for the right exercises.
You see people at the gym every day. These people mean well. They turned up, they’re working hard. Yet they do the wrong exercises. At best, they’re wasting their time, energy and money…
… at worst, they’re doing themselves harm.
It’s unfortunate but these people would be healthier by not going to the gym at all!
Am I saying the gym is bad for you? Not at all. Proper exercise makes you fitter, stronger and more energetic. It staves off injury, improves your appearance and supercharges your mind. Physical exercise is one of the best things for you.
Do you exercise your mind?
And no, I don’t mean those brain training sites and apps (that are really just simple games). You might remember the controversy around these a few years ago. If you need a reminder of the Stanford University’s paper:
Any mentally effortful new experience, such as learning a language, acquiring a motor skill, navigating in a new environment, and, yes, playing commercially available computer games, will produce changes in those neural systems that support acquisition of the new skill… However at this point it is not appropriate to conclude that training-induced changes go significantly beyond the learned skills, that they affect broad abilities with real-world relevance, or that they generally promote “brain health”.
And by exercising the mind, I certainly don’t mean work an office job for 50 years. Yes, you may come home mentally exhausted… but that doesn’t mean you’ve strengthened your brain.
Thinking back to the brain-as-a-muscle analogy… here’s a great way to injure yourself: grab a heavy weight and jerk it around randomly for a few hours. Will the muscle tire? You bet. Will this make you stronger? Unlikely. In fact, with the high odds of injuring yourself, you’re less likely to be able to draw on your strength when it counts.
The best exercise for your muscles? Challenging, controlled, natural movements, with plenty of recovery.
This is simple, unglamorous and effective advice… and it applies to the brain, too.
So, how does this help us?
Simple, Unglamorous and Effective Mind Training
The answer lies in the analogy.
(And, if you don’t trust analogies, the Stanford paper.)
The best exercises for muscles replicated natural movements. They challenge you, yes, but in a way that the real world might challenge you. To get to work (or, in our prehistoric days, to catch our prey) no one needs to do 20 pull-ups… but pull-ups work your muscles in a similar way to real physical challenges.
Training is not real life but it should prepare you for it.
What does Stanford say about brain training?
Time spent playing the games is time not spent reading, socializing, gardening, exercising, or engaging in many other activities that may benefit cognitive and physical health of older adults. Given that the effects of playing the games tend to be task-specific, it may be advisable to train an activity that by itself comes with benefits for everyday life.
(again, emphasis mine)
There’s the answer:
What you need is mind training that adopts the best principles from physical exercise and advice from Stanford.
You need training that:
- is easy and sustainable by incorporating rest and recovery,
- builds your real-world mental fitness by focusing on relevant skills,
- gets results by teaching your inner mind,
- ensures a strong mind through ‘cross-training’ different abilities,
- keeps you motivated by being convenient, simple and fun.
A tall order?
See for yourself:
Combining Ancient Wisdom with Cutting-edge Neuroscience
Most training programs – mental or physical – focus on the active parts. It’s left to you to schedule your own downtime.
Now, I’m not here to judge. But in the field of personal growth, this seems backwards.
What makes me say that?
Recovery is the growth. Exercise is restful.
Consider meditation. If you’ve spent all day in meditation, you noticed that you needed less sleep.
It crushes fatigue.
Even if you meditate for 5 minutes, you know what I mean. Incredibly relaxing, like allowing your batteries to recharge.
It’s restful. It’s also some of the most effective mind training on the planet.
Published in Consciousness and Cognition, the paper “Mindfulness meditation improves cognition: Evidence of brief mental training” shared interesting results. They found that just a few days of mind training, the learners showed:
- improved mood and lower stress,
- increased mental power, with boosts to verbal fluency, memory and focus,
- reduced tiredness.
Improving your inner mind takes energy, focus and discipline. It’s also rejuvenating, easy and fun. I’m not saying you could do it forever. But you can do it every day.
And if you did do it every day…
… you’d get more results and feel more relaxed than before.
But what if meditation isn’t for you? Is there another way to access this deep, energising state?
“The results suggest that, at least for the measures investigated, meditation and hypnosis do not differ markedly from each other…”
Autonomic Correlates of Meditation and Hypnosis; Larry C. Walrath Ph.D. & David W. Hamilton M.A.; Pages 190-197 Published online: 20 Sep 2011; https://doi.org/10.1080/00029157.1975.10403739
“Concentration practice leads to altered states similar to those in hypnosis, both phenomenologically and neurologically.”
The Science of Meditation and the State of Hypnosis; Jean Holroyd; Pages 109-128; Published online: 21 Sep 2011; https://doi.org/10.1080/00029157.2003.10403582
In my experience, hypnosis and meditation create the same state. Under the guidance of a master hypnotist, you can enter a deep meditative state – also known as a trance – quickly and easily… no matter what your prior experience with meditation is (if any!)
This is how you can grow and recover at the same time – through the deep, restorative powers of the mind in trance.
Learn the Skills that Unlock Genius
Other mind training programs use games to exercise mental skills. Their claim is that exercising these skills has flow-on effects that improve your everyday mental performance.
The Stanford paper disagrees.
Me? I don’t know and don’t care. To me, it seems like an unnecessary step. Instead of learning a game that maybe or maybe not helps build useful life skills…
… why not train that skill directly?
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What makes stories more memorable than dry facts?
Why can’t you learn as well from watching as doing?
The answers are the secret to my success – and yours, too. They reveal how the mind works at a fundamental level, beyond what is consciously accessible. There is a layer of the mind that works automatically. Engage it and change comes naturally. Ignore it and things slip through your fingers.
This is how you learn most things. As a child, you learned to speak and walk by accessing this unconscious mind. As you grew older, you learned more things like fine motor skills and socialising. Then you were dumped in a classroom where your mind was bullied into retaining facts.
How many of those school-taught facts do you remember? And yet there is so much in your mind from those early years – mostly from outside the classroom. You remember what your unconscious thinking decided was important – nothing more.
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You’ll probably recognise yourself learning things quicker and easier than you have in a long time. This is what happens when you embrace your true nature as a human being.
“In everyday life, I am more focused on tasks. I can better identify my thought processes – what are the key things I should focus on, what is noisy chatter that my brain should ignore. Things seem clearer, brighter, more joyful, even when I do mundane tasks such as washing the dishes.”
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