Our ability to learn is dependent on movement. According to neuroscientists like Daniel Wolpert your brain and nervous system only exists to produce adaptable and complex movement. The more optimally you move the faster and easier it is to learn new stuff, and that in turn improves your ability to rationalize, analyze and organize what you learn more effectively. If you have no or little awareness of what it feels like to move well then not much learning is taking place. What does it mean to feel how to move? Here are some examples of becoming aware of what it feels like to move:
- How much effort is in the movement – a little, too much or just what is needed?
- What feels stiff or sore?
- Are you yielding through your joints?
- Are you balanced through your structure?
- Are you at optimal range of motion?
- Does the movement feel light or heavy?
Most of us use way too much force in all that we do from the simplest activity like flicking off a fly to brushing our teeth, closing a car door and so on. The over use of force creates resistance in ways that we have no sense of – for example most of us push against or resist the ground when we walk, run or stand by locking our knees, holding our breath, contracting our belly and butt muscles and more. If we did not resist the ground then it would feel like the ground is lifting us up as if we are on a magic carpet ride, our joints and muscles yielding and adjusting to the contours of the carpet. The stiffness and soreness that we experience is from contracted muscles that we are not even aware of because keeping them contracted has become an unconscious habit. Our movements are unconscious because we are not thinking in the present moment, we are thinking about what we have done or what we plan to do. What it feels like to move is what happens in any given present moment, but since we have disconnected our brain from the present moment we are incapable of feeling how to move any more.
Transitioning your life to function as your brain is designed to learn you must once again become fully conscious and aware of your movements. The additional complication now is that you must also undo habits and patterns you established over the years through lack of awareness. The good news is that you can undo habits and patterns in a fraction of the time it took you to entrench them making it possible to become fully functional (as your brain is designed to learn) at any age.
Click here for more information on how your brain is designed to develop. Click here to find out how you can learn faster and easier through movement.