Simplify. Use your whole brain.

Making decisions about health can be complex and frustrating. How can you possibly know what is the right thing to do?

The complicating factor is that most of us make decisions with only one-half of our brain. For example, suppose you want to know what is the best diet. Your left brain will have a field day. You can listen to interviews, read blogs and books, ask family and friends. You’ll find masses of eating rules, opinions, and theories—many of them conflicting.

With all of that to consider, your left brain may be driven to distraction trying to determine the pros and cons of these various approaches. It may seize on something and make a plan with great enthusiasm, only to have it fail shortly after you implement the plan. That makes no sense to you because the idea or theory was such a logical conclusion from the information you found. Frustrating? No doubt!

Here’s the missing piece…

You need to engage the other half of your brain. Things are so much simpler if we work with our whole brain. When we use our intuition or gut feelings (a.k.a. body-mind) along with our logic, we gain access to deep inner knowing about what our body needs. It brings a dimension to the decision-making process that is invaluable.

Using your whole brain is the best way to make decisions that work for you. Dr. Irum Tahir practices PsychK, which is one of many energy psychology modalities. In this TED talk, she discusses the whole brain state at about six minutes into this video.

 Over the next while, I’ll unpack some of the things Dr. Tahir brought up. If there’s anything in particular you’d like me to address, please let me know in the comment section below. In the meantime, pay attention to your outer life. Do you overreact to situations? Do you act in ineffective ways? Do you see a pattern of repeat behaviour that isn’t serving you well? Awareness is the first step to greater health.

4 thoughts on “Simplify. Use your whole brain.

  1. Great insights, thanks for sharing this Laurana. I’ve been reading The Buddha’s Brain and it too speaks to the power of getting the mind, brain and body connected.

    • I’m so glad this post rang bells for you, Diane. Thanks for the book reference. I looked up just now and discovered that the subtitle is “The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom.” I love the way we are seeing more and more of the marriage of Eastern philosophy and Western science these days. It gives us access to such an expanded sense of what’s possible.

  2. When the speaker spoke of unconscious beliefs, it brought home how much your work with me has seemingly resolved many of those I held that were not serving me well. It reminded me that I am much more at ease with myself and life in general. So I just wanted to touch base and thank you for ‘doing what you do’ so well, even though I have never been quite sure what that is. Haha. Magic!

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