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MEDITATION 101 – How, What & Why You Need to Meditate for your Brain

30 Days to a NEW BRAIN. NEW GAME. NEW EDGE.

30 days of BRAINPOWER BREAKTHROUGH strategies – opening up the greatest resources you have, the un-tapped resources of your Brain.

For the next 30 days, each day I will post a simple strategy for you to implement to optimize your brain … I know I can get deep into the science, but let me tell you, once you optimize your brain, YOU WILL WANT TO LEARN EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO OPTIMIZE YOUR BRAIN EVEN MORE … then you’ll thank me for the all those long, juicy blogs!

DAY 1:

Today’s BRAINPOWER BREAKTHROUGH STRATEGY: MEDITATION.

When I first heard about meditation, I was like what heck is it? I read about it and still didn’t understand it … it seems so abstract, seems like nothing special … close your eyes and then what the heck do you do???

When I first started meditation, my brain would race in circles and circles, and I’d be looking at the clock every two minutes to see when the 15 minutes was up. I had a brain in overdrive, which looped and looped and looped with racing thoughts and anxiety.

For me, I started and as soon as my eyes shut my brain started racing FASTER, not SLOWER. I got more tense, not less. Meditation can make your brain worse not better if you’re just sitting there ruminating on crappy thoughts!

But when done effectively, meditation can unleash the magic of your mind, and transform your body. Meditation has been proven to boost neurogenesis “brain cell growth”, reduce stress and brain cell death, improve heart health, speed healing, increase relaxation, focus, memory, resilience to stress and energy. The benefits of meditation are limited only to every aspect of your life. So how can you activate the magic of our mind with meditation? 

Let me start by saying that Meditation is practice that people of all ages and all types of brains’ should be doing. Whether you’re a Spiritual Person, Entrepreneur, Executive, Professional Athlete, Kid in Kindergarten or Elderly Individual seeking to prevent Neuro-Degeneration, MEDITATION IS FOR YOU.

Meditation synchronizes and balances your brain and thus improves signalling Brain and Body-Wide. As a result, observations and studies show that meditation improves hormone health, neurotransmitter levels in the brain, and physiological measures like Blood Pressure. Meditation improves everything – mood, memory, energy – you name it. 

How to Meditate – 2 General Types of Meditation:

  1.  Focused Concentration – TAOIST
  2.  EMPTINESS – SHAOLIN

I practice both. I RECOMMEND starting with TAOIST Meditation which leads to complete emptiness.


MEDITATION:

1. Find a Comfortable Place – Your HAPPY PLACE, to be associated with Relaxation & Joy 🙂

2. Sit up straight – Lotus Position or on a Chair

3. Gently Close your Eyes & Focus on your DAN TIAN “Energy Warehouse” – 3 fingers below belly-button, 3 fingers inwards from surface.

4. ABDOMINAL BREATHING – breathe into lower belly, lower belly expands. Breathe out Lower Belly Swings in. This Maximizes Oxygen Intake and Stokes the Fire “Ignites” the Qi, until Qi begins to “BOIL OVER” and then Flow through the entire body. When this happens the Qi correct the parts of the body which are out of balance (parts of the body which are damaged, and not functioning optimally, will be “leaking light” and energy deficient). When my Sifu, told me this it seemed rather abstract but as I experienced my Qi building, it did go to parts of my body like my lower back, my knees and shoulder and begin to heal them. Now the Qi is so tremendous that I can injure my knee, my shoulder or my back and within a day or less, the Qi heals the injury – RETURN TO YOUTH & HYPER-ACTIVATING THE BODY’s INNATE HEALING CAPABILITIES INDEED!

5. CONCENTRATION – Focus your mind EXCLUSIVELY on this one point, noticing the sensations as you breathe in and out.

6. COUNTING METHOD – as you breathe in, in your mind count 1 2 3, and as you breathe out, don’t count at all, completely let go. Counting method is optional, but the key is DELIBERATE, FOCUSED, CONCENTRATION.

DELIBERATE, FOCUSED CONCENTRATION is so important, because every-time you impose your consciousness, and focus your mind … every time you grab that “monkey mind” by the tail … and focus it, it TRAINS your brain to FOCUS EXCLUSIVELY on one thing.


Most people get splitting results … because they are constantly splitting their consciousness between many different things … and here’s the thing … when you split your consciousness … its not like you’re chopping up different parts … like cutting a full pizza into 6 different pieces … what happens is that when you split your consciousness, you actually LOSE a piece of pizza … and so only have 5 pieces … and only 83% of the total concentration you’d have if you FOCUSED EXCLUSIVELY on one thing. This has been more experience through transforming my brain.

The more clutter in your mind, the greater the in-efficiency. The more you can focus and align all your resources in one direction, the sharper your thinking, clearer your vision, and the faster you’ll effortlessly achieve breakthroughs in your life.

Ultimately just like building a muscle, you want to train and increase your brain’s capacity to access  THE SUPER-LEARNING STATE – Consciously Quiet, Calm & Clear, MIND SHOOTING AHEAD.

While meditating, your monkey mind, will tend to wander to events, experiences, problems and all the things you need “TO DO”. Every time you consciously and deliberately FOCUS your mind back on your breathing, you engage your Prefrontal Cortex, and so increase the strength and firing of your Prefrontal Cortex. The Prefrontal Cortex, is the highest, most evolved part of the brain. It’s essentially “THE HUMAN BRAIN”, which governs our Executive Function, Regulates our Behaviour, Controls Impulses and Drives, and modulates our FOCUS, MEMORY, LANGUAGE and ability to process information and make decisions. FOCUSED CONCENTRATION via Meditation, activates and builds new neural connections between PFC and other brain regions. So with meditation you increase your brain ability to regulate the other regions of your brain, like the emotional limbic brain, increasing emotional control and intelligence.

Over time, FOCUSED CONCENTRATION builds new connections between PFC and other brain regions, thereby increasing your capacity to control autonomic functions such as your breathing rate, heart rate, and other physiological processes. As a result, meditation gives  you the power and control to increase your body’s health. MONKS, YOGIS, SHAOLIN QIGONG MASTERS, display this extreme control and ability to regulate the physical body with incredible precision. You can begin to take control of your health as well. Ultimately only you can feel, experience, and know YOUR UNIQUE BRAIN AND BODY BEST. Thus you are the one BEST at optimizing and caring for your body.

Focused Meditation develops this profound ability to bring your body into balance, speed healing, and skyrocket your abilities – athletic performance, cognition, memory, focus, creativity – across the board.

As I see on QEEG Brain Maps of individuals with ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar and many other neurological disorders, when chaos runs rampant your the brain, and your brain is imbalanced and de-synchronized, problems and dis-ease ensue. 

The HALLMARK OF HEALTH … the Hallmark of a Healthy Brain, Healthy Body and Healthy Life is SYNCHRONY and BALANCE. I work with many elite performers who want me to light up individual parts of their brain so they feel like Super-man, but thats not what brings optimal health and optimal performance. SYNCHRONY and BALANCE in the BRAIN is what unleashes the Magic of the Mind. You see many people take drugs, nootropics, and cognitive enhancers to try to enhance cognition, but this just amplifies certain parts of your brain and cuts off others so in total, doesn’t allow you to nearly access anything close to your highest intelligence.

In the BRAIN, in terms of brainwaves, in terms of brain activation, you want BALANCED Brain  Activity and Synchrony. Synchrony improves signalling, aka neurotransmitter and hormonal signalling in your brain and body.

Meditation synchronizes your brain and body, brings your conscious and unconscious mind into alignment, and synchronizes your brainwaves. Over time with meditation your brain will start to produce more of THE AWAKENED MIND, BRAIN PATTERN – synchronous amounts of Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta and Gamma. It’s not about just one frequency but about the full balanced spectrum. By meditating in nature, this will harmonize your body with the natural frequencies of the environment, such as Earth and the Sun, and re-connect your body. Re-connecting is what needs to happen to slow Autism, Alzheimer’s and Neuro-degeneration (more on that in Autism 101 Blog).


Meditation is fantastic for:

  1. Reseting Circadian Clock when travelling to eliminate Jet Lag
  2. Reducing Anxiety and Increase Relaxation
  3. Deepening Sleep
  4. Increasing Focus, Memory & Learning.
  5. Increasing Physical Regeneration & Healing
  6. Increasing Weight Loss.

EXTREME YIN (SILENCE) breeds Extreme YANG (ACTIVITY). The more silent you can become internally the faster the external manifestation. The more you can quiet your conscious mind, the more you can unlock and unleash the full power of your unconscious mind. The more relaxed and silent your physical body, the more powerfully the QI, can flow internally to heal and regenerate your body. YIN & YANG. RELATIVITY. IT APPLIES TO EVERYTHING. 

SILENCE and RELAXATION 

As mentioned, while meditating your mind with tend to wander away to thoughts, problems, things you’ve got to do. If you are anything like I was, you’re mind probably races to problems as soon as you shut your eyes. So with meditation you want to focus exclusively on your breathing and Dan TIAN, and whenever your mind wanders go back to focusing on your breathing, and perhaps using the counting method.

Eventually over time your brain will drop into silence and you’re mind will go silent. It will seem like everything fades away. Just drop into the complete silence.  Whenever your mind begins to wander, go back to focusing on DAN TIAN and your breathing. Over-time, by deliberately focusing your mind back on track whenever it wanders, you repeatedly activate your Prefrontal Cortex, which eventually leads to the neurons “Habituating” and thus turning off. Whenever neurons fire repeatedly, they eventually “shut off”. It’s just like your clothes on your body. You feel them at first, but then after a while you completely forget about them, and the subtle sensations on each part of your body go away and you’re free to focus on whatever it is you’re focusing on.

So after a bit of work, your PFC actually shuts off in deep mediation and you drop into complete silence. When you’re internally silent, thats when external manifestation happens at lightening speed. Extreme Yin (silence) breeds Extreme Yang (Motion, Manifestation). For Athletes and Executives, the quieter, clearer and calmer you are internally, the more you’ll get things done externally. 

STARTING MEDITATION 

Start easy and simple. Start with 10 minutes. When meditating expect that your monkey mind may be racing the entire time thats okay. Deliberately Focus your mind on the breathing. Over time, the more you brain your brain to focus, the more it can learn to do it AUTOMATICALLY. We learn by first doing it deliberately and consciously, and the more we consciously focus, the faster our brain can integrate it into Procedural Memory, so our brain can do it automatically. We no longer have to try or think about it. Just like jumping on and riding a bicycle. You don’t have to think about it, you just jump on and ride.

Eventually, you’ll just close your eyes, and in an instant you’ll be riding the waves of relaxation and clarity.

CONSISTENCY IS KEY 

After 100 consecutive days of meditation, magic will happen in your mind. Your senses will become sharper, your thoughts brighter, your perspective expanded and you’ll start to see the world in a new way. But in order to reap all the benefits of meditation you need to do it consistently. Do it every day if only for 10-15 minutes. Every day you miss puts you back two days.

TIMING 

The Optimal time meditate will be unique for each person. The top 3 times to meditate are Before Bed, After a Workout, Morning Before Work. 

1.  Meditation is a fantastic insomnia remedy, and will get you sleeping more restfully and deeply. Not only that, it will reduce your sleep needs. Meditation is so important to balance your brain and bring your mind to clarity before bed. Otherwise, your thoughts will continue racing in flux during sleep. Sleep is designed to “restore order and organize the brain”. You can drastically enhance the sorting, organization and consolidation processes that happen during sleep, by organizing and balancing your brain beforehand with meditation. 

2. Extreme Yang leads to Extreme Yin. The problem with typical fitness and exercise approaches is that they are all external, and so often decrease, not increase health and longevity. We need the proper balance of internal and external power. Whenever we workout, we generate kinetic energy and liberate energy. By meditating after a workout or any time you exercise you consolidate and store this energy internally – to build up and strengthen internal organs, and increase internal flow of energy. This is how you improve your health fast! Not only that, by meditating after a workout, you EXPONENTIALLY INCREASE the biological processes stimulated by exercise, specifically autophagy, the process in which cells recycle all the waste products that have accumulated. This makes you feel lighter, brighter, accelerates weight loss and markedly increases brain function.

3. Before you start the day you want to be operating at the mountain-top of your abilities. You want your full focus, brainpower and willpower, so that you can see the solutions to all the problems and challenges you face. You simply can’t be productive or effective, if you’re not operating with your best. So take the 10 minutes, and arm your brain and body with balanced energy before you go war – YOUR DAY JOB 🙂

Now you have the “why” “what” “how” and “when” to begin a daily MEDITATION PRACTICE.

Let me tell you, MEDITATION is in the TOP 5 of the most powerful brain optimization practices you can do. Don’t underestimate the power of the simplicity. Meditation unleashes the full magic of your brain. 

Meditation has been a game changer for me in terms of helping me overcome anxiety, panic, stress and accelerating learning, focus and memory. It is a game changer for you too.

MEDITATE YOUR WAY TO A MAGIC MEMORY & MAGIC MIND NOW!

SUPERLEARNING 101 – SIMPLE STEPS TO BECOMING A SUPER-LEARNER

Are you tired of learning the slow, boring, difficult way???

How would your life change if you learned at 2X the speed and remembered 3X more accurately, so that you could accomplish so much more, in so much less time??? 

Did you know that it isn’t true that you aren’t “artistic”, you aren’t “creative”, you aren’t good at things like “math” or “writing” or that you have a poor memory?  You just haven’t learned the best strategies to be good at those things YET. All you need to do is install the right mental software programs in your brain to be able to perform tasks, like memory and creativity, proficiently. Your brain is just like a computer, a super-quantum computer in fact, and just as you need the most updated software programs on your computer to produce cutting-edge projects, your brain requires the optimal mental processes and systems for you to learn and remember best. Just like memory champions, spelling champions, and genius’ like Einstein, you need to arm your brain with SUPER-BRAIN STRATEGIES. You see it’s not about your genes or your DNA, but rather about what YOU DO with your brain, how you think, and how you use your brain, which thereby changes the wiring of your Brain. Better mental strategies equals better brain wiring equals better results. Think of how embarrassing it would be to bring a Microsoft Windows 1998 Powerpoint to a Google MasterMind Session. You wouldn’t. Similarly, you need to STOP using your brain the slow, outdated, horse-and-buggy way and START to install the right mental strategies to get the right results.

From helping kids super-learn in the classroom to helping executives acquire high skills at high speed, such as Time Dilation, and Heightened States of Focus, Energy and Creativity this blog is about teaching you the simple steps to enhancing your ability to learn. Teachers, Parents, Super-Learners, High Performers gear up … this blog has everything you need to know to become a Super-Learner!!!

You see there’s nothing special about the brains of memory champions, elite athletes, super-mental athletes and hyper-creative people, what’s different is what they DO with their brain. I’m going to show you how to use your brain to become a super-learner … and yes build a healthier, stronger brain in the process!

We’re all looking for ways to be more productive. Imagine if you had been able to escape the labels and limitations you learned growing up … “I’m not good at math”, “my memory is garbage”, “I’m not artistic” … or “you’re not creative”, “you’re not talented enough” all the non-sense your teachers and parents may have said …  and rather were such an effective learner that you could learn and do well at whatever you desired – science, business, art, philosophy – whatever you desired. What was stopping you? YOUR BRAIN. What’s the solution? YOUR BRAIN. Your Brain is a Learning Machine. Up to this point you just haven’t learned “HOW” to remember, “HOW” to learn precisely, “HOW” you can use your Brain to learn and become good at whatever you desire. That changes, NOW.

COMPETENCE builds CONFIDENCE. EXPERIMENTATION –> EVOLUTIONWith an accelerated ability to learn, you could confidently move out into the world start to experiment and try out many different fields and disciplines, and so put yourself in the position to discover where your true passions really lie. Perhaps you don’t know what your “path”, your “career”, your “future” is, because you haven’t armed yourself with the learning ability to discover and uncover the full depths of your talents. Learning is the ultimate resource. Money, Success, Fame, Fortune, Significance and Contribution in the World will be attained by the most effective learners, thinkers and creators.

I remember my teachers telling me how difficult subjects like Calculus were going to be. And based on how they taught Calculus, it was difficult!!! The problem is that in the education system, kids aren’t taught “how” to be effective learners. They aren’t taught the skills and abilities to learn, and this is the first most important thing! We’re just thrown into war without any armour to do battle with – this is what we do to kids in our school system! We are bombarded with endless content without the strategies on  to most effectively process, encode, store and retain the information. Not only that, these mountains of information are boring!!! We need to start Teaching Excellence.

Our brains are designed to pattern information, FAST …not slow and laboriously … and as the information explosion continues, theres more and more information and more and more overwhelm & chaos that builds in your brain. I’m talking to you if you’re a CEO of a major corporation as much as if you’re in the 8th grade. Every one is in desperate need of extra brainpower to be able to handle the growing information. Not only that the ability to synchronize your brain, connect the dots and think laterally and non-linearly is PRICELESS, because everyone has access to the information. Now the BIG BUCKS, the Noble Prizes, the Mega Careers will be earned by those who can think both Linearly and Non-Linearly. 

Since we’re flooded with content, we need to build the machinery in our mind to learn, remember and organize the content in our brain effectively. In essence, we need to become Super-Learners. My book The Brainpower Breakthrough dedicates an entire chapter to Super-Learning, and in this blog and the full Super-Learning Series I will give you the step by step guide to optimizing your brain, learning and memory.

So lets dive into it … here are the the two fundamental ingredients of super-learning for you, for your kids and for the entire education system.

The First most important factor in learning is MOTIVATION. Above all, your brain has to be in the optimal state for you to learn information accurately. Your brain has to be bathed in all the juicy neuro-chemicals that fuel learning and increase neuronal activation if you are to learn anywhere close to your capabilities. RIGHT STATE = RIGHT RESULTS.

Do you get complaints from teachers that your son or daughter is zoning out in class? Did you use to zone out in class when your were a kid? Do you zone out in meetings, presentations and while working today? 

If so it’s because you’ve been taught that learning must be slow and boring, and as a result it is. Since teaching methods are so boring, you WILL have a tendency to zone out and explore more interesting things in your brain – I don’t blame you!!! I remember doing the same! You see, if you’re zoning out in a Theta-brain state, you’re not in the optimal state to be processing and storing information. Not only that if you’re in a THETA BRAIN STATE zoning out in class, then when the test comes and you’re thrown into a BETA BRAIN STATE (faster brainwaves) because of the anxiety and pressure of the test, you’re not going to be able to access any of the information in your brain. I work with so many brilliant kids, especially those with Asperger’s who freeze up on big tests and in social settings, where their brain goes into stress mode, and mind goes BLANK or TOO FAST and FALLS OFF THE TRACKS. I know I had panic and anxiety attacks my entire life.

The key for Super-Learning is Relaxed, Focused Concentration – Body Relaxed, Mind Shooting Ahead. 

In order to have optimal neurochemicals and Brain Juice for learning you need to be MOTIVATED. 

How can you increase Motivation to Learn? 

Boost Dopamine – Dopamine is a “gas pedal” neuro-transmitter that increases mental energy, focus, mood and working memory. Dopamine is the pleasure, reward neurotransmitter that gets released when we succeed/win at something, fall in love, or SCORE SOMETHING!!! … score a goal in hockey, score a girl at the bar, score a new business account. Score, Score, Score!!! With more Dopamine you will soar to higher scores indeed. Many forms of ADD, and ADD Symptoms (Brain Fog, Distractibility) are associated with low Brain Voltage. Low Brain Voltage = low cognitive energy = low Motivation. Blue Brain as we see on Brain Maps. Tired, Brain Fog, cranky, closed off to new ideas? You need to raise Dopamine.

So how can you raise your Dopamine levels? 

  1. SUNLIGHT at the Right Times – The Amino acid tyrosine, and all biogenic amines which fuel learning, including serotonin, are light sensitive aromatic amino acids, meaning the sun’s full spectrum rays increase the levels of these neuro-chemicals in our brain. The best time for you to get sunlight is in the AM between 8AM – NOON. This increases melatonin release in the evening to facilitate sleep as well. God said let there be light!!! Get in the light, and light up your brain folks! AM sunlight synchronizes the clock and timing mechanisms of hormone and neurotransmitter release in the brain. It normalizes and re-sets cortisol cycles, while re-charging your cells batteries to help you overcome ADRENAL FATIGUE. However, you must be able to “Hold Electrical Charge” which is where MEDITATION, QIGONG, TAI CHI, and Brainpower Nutrition, specifically DHA, are essential. If you’re into bio-hacking, then AM sunlight is your first and fore-most bio-hack. If you want to take things to the next level, do a standing Qigong Meditation, while barefoot on the grass – Game-Changing.
  2. BRAINPOWER NUTRITION – lots of healthy fats, and protein. By consuming lots of healthy fats and protein, for breakfast it raises Dopamine levels in the brain, and increases Focus, Energy and Cognitive Performance. This is true for you in your business and your kids in the classroom. Most importantly, you need to consume lot’s of DHA, the magical fatty acid in seafood. DHA is a component of all cell membranes, and is present in all the most vital places in your brain, especially at the synapses, where neurons connect and learning occurs. More DHA = more synaptic plasticity = increased interconnection of neurons = increased neurotransmitter receptors (DHA forms the membrane) = ENHANCED LEARNING & COGNITIVE ABILITIES.  More DHA = increased Brain Energy Levels = more Dopamine. First, consume DHA via food, so that it’s in the proper geometric position to be magnetically drawn to your brain. Second, as a “supplemental strategy” you can consume a High DHA fish oil if needed. For Brain Fuel, consume lots of Coconut Oil and MCT, fatty acids which convert into ketone bodies which are the favourite, clean-burning, super-fuel for neurons.

For example, for both Executives & Entrepreneurs AND kids with Autism, ADD, I recommend a fairly similar BRAINPOWER NUTRITION Game-plan:

Morning: Consume Super-Brain Beverage such as Bulletproof Coffee or Hormone Heaven Beverage.

Bulletproof Coffee:

  • 1-2 Cups of Single Origin, Organic Coffee 
  • 1-2 Tbsp MCT Oil 
  • 1-2 Tbsp of Grass-Fed Butter or even better Organic Ghee 

Hormone Heaven Beverage:

  • 1-2 Cup of Tea – Pu erh tea or Longevity Tea from Dragon Herbs or Warm Water
  • 1-2 tbsp Cacao Powder
  • 1-2 tbsp MCT Oil
  • 1-2 tbsp Organic Coconut Oil
  • opt. 1 tsp of Organic Ghee

*** Then blend these beverages up into a warm, creamy delicious, morning delight.

Then … a Brain Breakfast comprising 2 Whole Eggs & Wedge of Avocado or 2 Whole Eggs + Piece of Left-Over Salmon or even Smoked Salmon.

BRAINPOWER NUTRITION 

The fundamentals of Brainpower Nutrition are taking the most powerful Brain Foods from each culture and discipline worldwide and combining them into one balanced brain-optimizing plan. The foundation and components of Brainpower Nutrition are:

  1. Healthy Fats, specifically DHA (wild fish and seafood) to build brain cell membranes and neuro-synapses to increase learning & brain function, phospholipids such as Choline from Egg Yolks, and fats which are Fabulous Brain Fuel, including Coconut Oil and MCT oil.
  2. High quality protein – Wild Seafood, Wild Fish, Grass-Fed Meats – Grass-Fed Beef, Elk, Bison, Lamb, Eggs.
  3. Anti-Inflammatory High Powered Vegetables and Herbs – Unlimited Greens, and lots of herbs like Tumeric, Ginger, Basil, Rosemary, Cilantro, Oregano (all of which are heavy metal removers)
  4. SUPER-FOODS and Tonic Herbs – like Cacao, Reishi Mushroom, and Ginseng.
  5. WILD Spring Water – most importantly high quality water.

MOVEMENT 

Did you have a tendency to fidget in class? Did you get in trouble in class for moving around a lot? Do you get in trouble for moving around in your job today?  I have lots of friends who’ve been labelled as “ADHD”, and who like to move and walk around when making calls and doing work … are these really bad habits or is there a good reason for these “bad” habits? … 

Here’s what you need to know about your Brain – Your Brain works Perfectly. What I mean by this is that your Brain is always going to drive you to engage in behaviours that “SELF-CORRECT” and BALANCE your neurochemistry, to fill the voids and raise the neuro-chemicals you’re deficient in. Your brain will always do its best job to self-regulate. The only problem is that the types of behaviours people are typically driven too usually give you a quick-burst and then leave your brain more depleted (Ex: Sugars & Processed Foods, Drugs, Behavioural Addictions etc.) Likewise, the same applies to most behaviours you engage in including hyper-activity – your brain is driving you to engage in them as a way to self-correct the neurological imbalances.

Have you noticed that kids labelled with “ADHD” move around a lot??? Do you think its a good idea to medicate them, or do you think there’s a perfectly good reason why these kids need tendency to constantly move??? 

Of course there’s a reason. MOVEMENT raises DOPAMINE. Movement thereby helps your brain to focus, pay attention, learn and remember. Rather than dulling and dimming kids down, movement should be integrated into learning programs. Kids should not be chemically cut off. And so how can we combine more movement, which equals more dopamine, which equals better focus and attention for kids in school? 

  1. Add in Vigorous Exercise for at least 20 minutes – Extreme Yang (exertion of energy) increases Yin (relaxation). The more you can get kids physically exerting themselves, the more they’ll be able to relax comfortably in the classroom. You want to train your brain to be able to shift states on demand. By increasing your ability to fire and activate your nervous system, you extend your ability to relax on the other end – just imagine pulling an elastic band in one direction, the more you pull, the further it’ll spring back in the opposite direction. 
  2. Fine Motor Movements – Fine motor movement activities such as Qigong, Tai Chi and Yoga, which require precise muscular and nervous system coordination are the ultimate brain boosters. By activating the cerebellum and sensory motor regions, which coordinate fine motor movements, this increases the plasticity and coordination of thinking and cognition. Everything is connected. Not only that, the cerebellum houses 50% of the neurons in your brain, and movement has been proven to promote neurogenesis, the growth of new neurons. If you’re looking for “Cognitive Enhancement Brain Training”  learn an energy practice like Qigong or Tai Chi, it’s the ultimate brain-hacking practice – it totally knocks sitting at a computer and playing brain games out of the park!!!

I teach all these exercises, movements, and activities to kids and students as part of my Little Warriors Workshop – see Events Calendar. 

SUPER-STATE LEARNING 

NEURO-ASSOCIATION

Neuro-Association is about teaching kids “how” to operate their brain. How to build the triggers and switches in their brain to shut on and shut off relaxation, shut on and shut off heightened focus and attention, shut on and shut off their mathematical mind, musical mind, philosophical mind, analytical mind, and to access the right state at the right time for the right results

Your brain is like a Computer, a Super-Quantum Computer in fact. Quite simply, you have your underlying hardware, your neurology and then you have the software operating systems – your mind, thinking & consciousness – which runs through the hardware. By using your mind and installing effective mental strategies and operating systems, you can change your neurology and neurochemistry to access heightened states of learning and memory. I teach all these mental strategies in my workshops.


 SUPER-LEARNING STRATEGY 

For example, visualize a full Blackboard in your mind in a particular location in your mental space … before you begin to learn specific material access a particular feeling, ideally one of success and accomplishment which makes you feel relaxed and alert … then begin to absorb material in this relaxed and alert state with this feeling … as you do begin to ADD information – diagrams, equations etc. – to the BLACKBOARD or WHITEBOARD (whatever you prefer) in your mind … then with all the information on your BOARD, see the information confirm that its correct, feel the good feeling, and store it in a particular place in your mind … then BOOM its locked in your brain and all you need to do is look in that place in your mind & feel that same feeling to access that specific information. First, the DEPTH & EXTENSIVENESS of information ENCODING increases the STRENGTH OF THE INFORMATION & MEMORY CONSOLIDATION. The more senses engaged and the more elaborate the encoding, the more triggers and easier it is to access the memory. Second, Learning is State-Dependent. All you need to do is access that same feeling & neuro-chemical state to easily access the specific information learned in that state. If you’re like most, when taking tests, writing exams and speaking, you go into a fight-or-flight stressful excited state, which is different than the state you learned the information in. Thus when writing tests you can’t access the information, which then creates more stress and just amplifies your anxiety even more! This vicious cycle of anxiety can become a virtuous cycle when you learn how to control your brain.


Above is just a small example of the Learning & Memory Strategies which I teach to kids and university students to get them achieving straight 95%+++ in high school, and to get individuals like you supercharging your clarity, memory and creativity with your business.

Using the power of your mind alone, you can build precise triggers or anchors, to store and access information in particular states, for whenever you want and need it.

If you’re taking drugs, this can completely mess up your neuro-chemical state, and thus destroy memory, specifically RECALL while taking tests (due to different neurochemical state when learning vs. when taking test). In fact, most drugs deteriorate memory by stressing and depleting the brain of nutrients, such as B vitamins, and down-regulating your brains own inner neurochemical factories.

Learning is state dependent. The neuro-chemical state in which you Learn & Encode information will be the optimal neurochemical state you need to re-access in order to “tune into” and access that specific information most effectively. This is why sports rituals, and rituals before exams and tests …. and in fact building in different rituals for different types of tests is so effective. It triggers particular states to heighten performance in those tasks. 

Now, equally you can experiment and build neuro-associations with many external things   such as smells and oils, and particular foods. In fact, I’d recommend you eat particular foods before studying for particular courses or materials. This will ensure that your brain is in the same neuro-chemical and energetic state at time of testing as it was when you were learning and processing the information. P.S. I like chocolate, Cacao, when getting crazy creative 😉 Bring on the Hormone Heaven Beverages!!! This can make learning fun!!! Learn History Facts with Goji Berries for Super-Memory. Delicious. Delightful. Awesome!!!

GAME-CHANGER APPROVED STRATEGIES:

  • Math = Eggs & Salmon and/or Avocado 
  • English = Super-Brain Beverage – Loving Libido Mocha or Bulletproof Coffee or Game Changer Green Tea with Tonic Herbs. 
  • History = Goji Berries & Green Tea (memory). 

Mind. Memory. Magic. Munch. Munching on Goji Berries are one of my favourite Memory Foods! Not only for memory Goji berries are loaded with lithium which helps to boost and stabilize mood & neurologic activity. My clients, especially those with Bipolar, Depression & Autism eat lots of Goji Berries.

APPLICATIONS – HOW IS THIS USEFUL???!!!!

You need to show kids the full applications of how they will be able to use and be rewarded for learning knowledge. Relate math to earning money, abstract reasoning and discovering the fundamental laws of the universe to being an innovator like Einstein … get kids inspired to be the next Einstein!!! … and relate science to optimizing their brain, health and performance in athletics, for instance. Reward kids for learning. Show them that their ticket to being and doing whatever they want is becoming an effective learner. Instil in kids the fact that: LEARNING = FREEDOM = LIMITLESS.

EXPERIMENTATION 

Cultivate the power of Curiosity. Capture the Imagination of Children. Use Deep Questioning. Teaching kids to think scientifically, and to experiment. Build an attitude of courage and curiosity to encourage kids to go out and “try” new things and observe the results. Teach kids how to Self-Experiment, how to “Bio-Hack” and become Optimizers and Problem-Solvers. Teach kids how to form hypotheses, how to run experiments, and how to measure, quantify and generate conclusions that stimulate further thinking and experimentation.

In our society, in youth we need to cultivate The 3 C’s: CURIOSITY, CREATIVITY & COURAGE to motivate kids to experiment and try on new ideas. Just as you lovely ladies so avidly try on new dresses and clothes while shopping! In doing so we’ll help kids discover and cultivate their true passions Experimentation, Application and Discovery of course raise what??? DOPAMINE and thus MOTIVATION! Novelty, Pattern Recognition, Pleasure of Accomplishment, are all Dopamine Boosters. 

You need to ignite the creative spirit in your kids and in yourself. You do so by learning how to become an “effective thinker’ and to constantly put your ideas to the test with excitement, anticipation and NON-ATTACHMENT. Nothing is “Failure”. Everything is just Feedback, information that you can use to become better. Failure is “saying I’m not mathematical” “I’m not smart” or labelling yourself or others … throwing your hands up and not doing anything. Its not that you aren’t mathematical or not creative, its just that you haven’t learned the process and strategy TO DO math and to create optimally.

FULL BRAIN LEARNING SYSTEMS 

Learning and Memory are accelerated by fully engaging as many senses as you can. A common phenomenon among individuals with amazing memories, idiot savants, and memory champions is synesthesia, the blending of the senses. For example, many genius’ see numbers and names as bright, coloured images. The brains of Idiot savants “geniuses’” do this automatically, while memory champions and people who want to increase their memory do this DELIBERATELY. Work with, not against, how your brain learns best. Bottom Line, learn the mental strategy and you develop the same outstanding mental abilities.

In terms of teaching, by integrating visual, auditory and kinaesthetic methods of teaching you engage and over-lap the senses and so increase the strength of the encoding of information. Stronger encoding equals stronger memory equals stronger retrieval. So FULL-BRAIN Learning systems integrate music, movement, visual, auditory and kinaesthetic and even gustatory and olfactory senses (especially by applying the super-learning strategy above, linking specific foods, which increase your cognitive abilities in that discipline, with specific information).

The common theme is STACKING THE DECK TO YOUR ADVANTAGE. Stacking strategies on top of strategies, and senses on top of senses, to deepen and strengthen learning.

SECOND PILLAR OF SUPER-LEARNING – STRATEGIES. 

Installing Optimal Mental Software Systems in your Brain. 

The FIRST PILLAR OF SUPER-LEARNING is Optimizing your BRAIN’s Neurochemistry to get in “THE OPTIMAL STATE” for Learning. The second FUNDAMENTAL INGREDIENT FOR SUPER-LEARNING are STRATEGIESKnowing “HOW” to Learn. By arming yourself with the mental strategies, you arm yourself with the mental abilities.

The first most important step is teaching kids and learning yourself, “HOW” to learn most effectively. Imagine having to design a full presentation using Powerpoint 1998. By using an out-dated program, you’re limited by what the program can do. Same is true for Learning, you need to UPGRADE your mental processes … aka … the software operating systems of your brain so that you can learn, remember and create most effectively. We must move away from the slow “Horse & Buggy” Approach of learning, with rote, difficult, antiquated strategies, and move towards a systematic approach to learning with mental strategies that “WORK WITH” the brain’s natural ability to pattern, process and learn information RAPIDLY. Those who are able to LEARN HIGH-LEVEL SKILLS at HIGH SPEED will have the edge.

This is where Neuro-Linguistic Programming comes in. NLP is about learning, identifying and installing in your brain the mechanical mental strategies that people who are extremely successful at something use. For example, using MEMORY strategies like synesthesia, or Method of LOCI (more on memory strategies to come!) to accomplish amazing feats of memory just like memory champions or strategies to turn anxiety into hyper-focus.

And Guess what??? When you arm people with the strategy, they develop the skill. I work with many kids that come to see me and they tell me “they’re not good at math … they aren’t good at writing and English … they aren’t artist”  it’s not that they aren’t artistic, its just that they haven’t learned the strategy to produce good art … YET.


 SUPER-LEARNING SUBJECTS 

For example, mathematics is highly kinaesthetic, “you feel when you have the right answer”. Teaching kids to “cheat” by designing big pictures and graphs in their mind and then get the good feeling when they have the right answer is simple.

For writing and English, I have kids and people with “writer’s block”, see their thoughts begin to switch from still pictures to movies … and then I activate anticipation & curiosity in them … we’ve all been curious … and then rather than “planning” things out, like all English classes recommend … you know intro, body paragraph, topic sentence, conclusionblah blah blah … I have students, activate a state of INSPIRATION to their lifetime of experiences and knowledge, and in this magical state allowing a movie to develop in their mind … have their mind open the door, hit the button and allow ideas to come together … and then in this state, writing becomes as simple as just watching the movie in their mind, and allowing all the streams of thoughts and ideas to flow onto the page. Learn the right strategy and you’ll be successful.

When it comes to art, you have a lifetime of experience of pictures, images, sights and sensory input … and when you get people in a state of excitement and anticipation … and build in a strategy that connects the pictures in their mind to their hand drawing on the page, suddenly they can just “trace” their mental images and produce outstanding art.

Ultimately, memory champions who remember decks of cards, and hundreds and hundreds of numbers, names, places and faces, don’t have anything special about their brain, whats special is what they do with their brain, the mental strategy. For Memory, learning, focus, determination, overcoming anxiety, seek out the very best strategies … ask people “How” they do things in their mind … learn the technique and then install it in kids, adults athletes, executives, peak performers, and watch performance SKYROCKET!.

It’s just like spelling. We all we’re taught to spell “phonetically”, which you can’t even spell phonetically!!! The best spellers make pictures in their mind of the words, see the word correctly spelled and then get the good feeling and know that they’re right.

Study Success. Learn the Strategy. Install the Strategy. The Skills Transfers. Success is the Result.


 

Life is Learning. Learning is Life. Learning is the doorway to freedom. Freedom from fear, freedom to persevere, freedom to discover and develop your full talents, is build upon the ability to learn. The future and success will be ruled by Learners and Creators. People who are problem solvers, non-linear thinkers, and able to connect disparate pieces of information and put things together.

As the information continues to flood on in, and you and your kids are bombarded constantly with content, being able to slice through the non-sense and learn is PRICELESS. 

Optimizing your ability to learn, its not just limited to math, to science, to business, becoming a SUPER-LEARNER transforms your attitude and approach in every way. Suddenly difficulty doubles your skills as opposed to cutting them in half, and you move out into the world not with fear, but with curiosity and anticipation to unveil new amazing frontiers.

In this post, you’ve learned the two essential ingredients which are the foundation of Super-Learning, Motivation and Strategy. A Super-Learning Series of Youtube Videos and Blogs will dive deeper into SUPER-MEMORY STRATEGIES, CREATIVITY, OPTIMAL BRAIN FOOD for MEMORY plus many more juicy topics.

Imagine how your life and your kids life would be different, if you were motivated, focused and PULLED to accomplish things??? 

Imagine if you programmed your brain in such a way so that you get all the boring, mundane things done at high speed, so you have time for everything you want to do. 

Think of how the trajectory of your life and your kids life would change if you become an effective learner, and moved into the world not with fear, but with curiosity, excitement and a willingness to try, experiment and gain wisdom? What if you really are creative and artistic? What if you really are motivated? What if you just haven’t learned the strategy, YET.

Now is the time to change the game. Now is the time to Super-Learn. Now is the time to push the limits of possible … and learn and be good at that the very things “YOU THOUGHT” or “WERE TOLD” you aren’t good at … and as these limitations breakdown, you’ll find that all your limitations across the board begin to fall … and what rises is YOU, THE SUPER-LEARNER, The Super-SUCCESS that you are, and you are designed to be.

Now is the time to take our educational system to the next level. Now is the time to inspire and ignite our YOUTH. Now is the time to ignite and activate YOURSELF and your full abilities.

Become a Super-Learner NOW.

Sincerely,

CHRIS “THE BRAIN MAN” WYLLIE