Thursday, February 19, 2015

There's a Party in My Brain!

We're discussing practical means of achieving vertical and horizontal integration. Importantly, these are things we should take the time to do every day.

Yesterday we focussed on Focus Time. Turns out that concentrating real hard changes the structure of the brain. But again, mind/brain/relationships is an irreducible trinity, so each one always affects the others.

We've also been weaving some MotT into the cosmic area rug, and isn't it interesting that the very first arcanum -- of which all the others are fractally related -- is all about concentration?

To con-centrate is to gather all of oneself into a kind of central point -- as in how a magnifying glass can gather the rays of the sun into an intense point of light and heat, or maybe how the stylus of a record player is a tiny thing, and yet, exerts hundreds or pounds of pressure per square inch at the business end.

Next up on Siegel's list is Play Time. It's pretty much the best news I've heard since wine as a replacement for working out; that is, "spontaneously engaging in novel activities that capture attention" releases "chemicals that support brain growth."

(Looking back, I should have majored in leisure studies, but I thought Radio-TV-Film would be more leisurely.)

This is not the same as playing an organized sport or having a real major; rather, "the emphasis is on new and creative forms of interacting with oneself, others, and the world." That's what I told my parents, anyway.

Yesterday I suggested that following these posts requires intense concentration. But today I'm suggesting that writing them requires a high degree of playfulness. What gives? Aren't those opposites? No! Go back to Letter I. Its tykeaway is concentration without effort, you know, like a child:

"The little child does not 'work' -- he plays. But how serious he is, i.e., concentrated, when he plays! His attention is still [---] and undivided..."

And we have it on good authority that Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.

Receive? Enter? Aren't those opposites again? Only in asymmetrical leftbrain world. In the bi-logically integrated world of symmetrical consciousness, what is inside is out, and what is outside is in. We can be contained by what we receive or "take in" -- which very much goes to communion, among other things.

In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus is purported to say that "When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner," "then you will enter [the kingdom]."

This also goes to what we were saying yesterday about parasitical ideologies. Back in college (or whenever it was) Obama took in an ideology that now has him by the basal ganglia. Notice also how grimly unplayful Obama is. He makes Hillary look like the fun girls from Mount Pilot.

But with real playfulness, "our minds can become vulnerable and take risks as we push the envelope to go beyond our usual ways of being and of doing, and our brains can try out new combinations of firing patterns."

Moreover, we can "explore new ways of knowing and exciting and unpredictable things to be known," which helps us "to create higher degrees of integration with new levels of complexity..."

So, yeah,

8 Comments:

Blogger julie said...

Funny. I was literally just having a conversation about a class I'm teaching tomorrow to a bunch of young'uns about lungs. Asking a couple of questions of another mom, she said, "remember, no stress!"

I just laughed; this is all play. The hard part is reining in the inner mad scientist so we can stay on-topic and not get carried away playing with experiments.

2/19/2015 09:57:00 AM  
Blogger mushroom said...

On the evening news tomorrow night:

The teacher in question was quoted as saying, "We were talking about lungs. Blowing things up just seemed to fit."

2/19/2015 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

Hm. I wonder how I could fit explosives into the lesson...

Actually, we may be playing with dry ice; there will be a brief segment on not completely closing the container, lest Bad Things Happen. But the plan is to only be popping bubbles, not bombs ;)

2/19/2015 11:03:00 AM  
Blogger John Lien said...

" But with real playfulness, our minds can become vulnerable and take risks as we push the envelope to go beyond our usual ways of being and of doing, and our brains can try out new combinations of firing patterns." Moreover, we can "explore new ways of knowing and exciting and unpredictable things to be known,"


Not a humblebrag here, ok, maybe a small one, but I'm teaching myself electromagnetic theory. Been stuck on Chapter 1, vector calculus review (for some), for a very very long time.

BUT, BUT it's fun! The joy of getting a correct answer, even if I have to look in the back first. There's nothing like it.

2/19/2015 11:47:00 AM  
Blogger mushroom said...

It's true. If you have to do something, it may not be so much fun.

I wonder if one of the reasons that science has lost some of its momentum in the last several decades is that it is much more of a job than it used to be for the average "publish-or-perish" researcher.

Didn't it look like those guys back in the days of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo were having a really good time?

2/19/2015 12:03:00 PM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

Absolutely. It was never a profession in the past, more a way of life, like philosophy, only directed at the outer world. A while back I read a book called The Age of Wonder that went to this. Many of the greatest scientists were just very curious Men of Leisure. Philosophy too used to be done be devoted amateurs motivated by love (as in amo-teur).

2/19/2015 12:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, if one danced before the Lord in their underwear, and wrote bad poetry, and got stuck in some partition of kingdoms, then that gets OK?

Of course, there is that whole getting erased, and spanked, and not staying dead for long enough to matter.

Hard not to look like the bad guy. Truth. It is funny how everything mostly gets dealt with. Probably better without the mechanics. Stuff that is not gets a cookie, and a nap.

2/19/2015 01:20:00 PM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

"Receive? Enter? Aren't those opposites again? Only in asymmetrical leftbrain world. In the bi-logically integrated world of symmetrical consciousness, what is inside is out, and what is outside is in. We can be contained by what we receive or "take in" -- which very much goes to communion, among other things."

It makes sense when you say it that way. I mean, you could look at communion during play as God lettin' us in on the yolk.
An inside yolk if you will.

2/20/2015 06:04:00 AM  

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