*Please note- this blog post was written during my time at Brain Fit Academy Inc. I have since continued this amazing work under my own company- Brain FUNdamentals LLC. I hope you enjoy!
Patterns are all around us. They are in nature, they are in our bodies (like the motor patterns of the primitive reflexes) and they are in our behavior.
Traditionally- in the new year, people make resolutions, right? And what are resolutions? They are a promise or intention to change some kind of pattern. Patterns that we are aware of- such as patterns of unhealthy eating, or patterns of not being active enough. Patterns that we realize aren’t doing us any good.
But do resolutions work? I’m sure many of you will agree with me that it’s pretty rare, right? I’m mean- it’s kind of a running joke that people set resolutions and don’t follow through for more than a few days or weeks- would you agree?
I know that for me, I have set my fair share of resolutions- intentions- only to have them fall apart in a matter of days. Why? Well I think it’s because I was trying to break a pattern. I was trying to break some kind of pattern-a pattern of behavior, a pattern of negativity, or maybe it was even a physical pattern such as lack of exercise.
What I’ve come to realize however, is that breaking a pattern isn’t always as simple as just setting the intention. Isn’t as simple as just making the resolution. That is only the first step. In order to really change a pattern- really make a difference or change, you have to continue on to the next step. You have to continue on to noticing how that pattern feels to you.
But even more important than that? Noticing and thinking about how it would feel if it wasn’t there. If that pattern didn’t exist- if that pattern was changed and you were without it in your life, what would be different? How would things be different for you and what would that feel like?
At Brain Fit, we are taught how to use a Brain Gym® process called a “balance”. And when we “balance”, yes- we set the intention- the resolution- the goal (as it’s referred to in Brain Gym®. But it doesn’t stop there. That’s only the beginning. We continue on to “notice“.
When we notice, we notice what we are feeling in our bodies- not only on a physical level, but also on an emotional level. We tune in to ourselves and “notice” what is happening with the way our bodies are standing. We notice places where there is tension. We notice emotions that come up. We notice self-talk that is going on in our heads. We become more aware of that pattern that we’re trying to change, and we reflect on what it would be like if that pattern were changed.
There are many ways to notice, but noticing makes us aware and helps us to see changes. And when do we see changes? We see them when we notice again at the end of the balance. At the end, after we have moved (literally moved) to help us get past the pattern. Get past the thought process, get past the “stuck-ness” and prepare our nervous system to move forward.
When we “move” we use Brain Gym® movements, primitive reflex movements, rhythmic movements, “tapping”, as well as other types of movements. And what does that moving do? It can help us to change the pattern. It can help us to see beyond the “stuck-ness” and have more clarity. It can help us to move forward with what we want and need. It might even help us to understand where that unwanted pattern comes from in the first place!
As I said, patterns are everywhere. And some patterns can be really difficult to change.
But with Brain Fit Academy on our side? We can say “goodbye” to unwanted patterns and “stuck-ness”. Say goodbye to all of that- and “hello” to clarity, understanding, and the chance to move forward with ease.
We all deserve it- every. single. one of us…