THE PHYSICAL ACT OF THINKING
Its important for we as human being to know that mind works very much like a muscle. In order to think, or even to focus our attention, muscular contractions must take place in the pupils of our eyes and in the muscles that move our eyeballs and face. In addition even the way you breathe changes as you begin to concentrate. Without this muscular cooperation, you would not be able to think.
For many people thinking is more tiring than exercising. In fact, many people feel more clear headed and are able to read, write, or think for longer periods of time after exercising.
So, we know that our muscles and organs support our cognitive abilities. However, temporarily relieving muscles of stress does not mean that we have significantly improved the way we use our bodies when we think. Inevitably, old habits of thinking creep back into the “thinking muscles” of our eyes, mouth, and neck. Many people don’t realize that in order to read we must subvocalize, i.e., speak the words that we are reading by moving our tongue soundlessly and so quietly that it is unfelt. The speed of reading is tied to this sub vocal speaking speed.
Remember, when we count anything or add and subtract, our eyes move. If you think of the number of buttons on your favorite shirt or blouse and count them in your mind, notice what your eyes do. Could you count the stairs by your home or office? .It is easier to feel this with your eyes closed. Can you feel the stopping and starting movements of your eyes at each fold? How well coordinated these muscle groups of face, eyes, tongue and breathing are determines the physiological basis for thinking skills. In this section, we are going to improve the quality of muscular use that underlies thinking.
WAKING UP THE TONGUE AND MOUTH
In this post, you will learn to feel how your tongue is used as you silently you read. Also you will learn to speed up the motions of your tongue, lips and jaw in order to increase the speed of these quiet, unfelt sub vocal movements.
Important things to consider.
- Find something to read, preferably something very easy and familiar. Sit somewhere where you can relax completely, and begin reading. Can you feel small and subtle movements of your tongue, mostly the back of the tongue? If not, stick your tongue far out and close your teeth on the tongue. Continue to read, and now it might be easier to feel the attempts of the tongue to work while you read. If this is still unfelt, pick up something to read that is difficult and unfamiliar. Then, you will feel the tongue working harder and more vigorously. Rest.
- Set your reading material down and rapidly move your tongue from side to side inside your mouth by breathing steadily. It helps if you move your tongue back away from your teeth.
- Touch the tip of your tongue to your palate and move the tip forward to your teeth and backward toward your throat. Begin to develop a very fast flicking rhythm as the tongue goes forward and backward. Rest.
- Speak in glossolalia. Rapidly utter nonsense syllables as if you were trying to make up your own language. See if you can develop unusual sounds and syllables that are not used in your native language. You would probably want to make sure that other people are not around. It is best to speak quickly and vociferously. Do it for several minutes. tI’ Awareness Advice: It is easy to feel too inhibited to speak glossolalia, but children do it all the time, and in the play of doing so they develop the articulating movements required for speech. Ordinary tensions throughout our body affect our tongue and mouth as much as our back or shoulders and neck; it is possible to have a rigid and fixated set of muscular contractions when we speak or read. So, let yourself go. Utter complete nonsense as fast as you can, and break those rigid habits of use in the tongue and mouth. Some people say it is easier to do if they let their head move freely as well.
5.Find some familiar and easy reading material again and read out loud as fast as you can. Challenge yourself to break the “reading barrier.” Read at least as quickly as you could perform glossolalia. Do it for at least several minutes.
- Then find some reading material that you are interested in, but that is unfamiliar to you. Read the material silently as fast as you would like and see if your tongue can now keep up. Repeating this lesson on a regular basis can help maintain faster reading speed. There are children and adults who have doubled and even tripled their reading speed by melting the rigid habits of their tongue.
USE YOUR EYES TO IMPROVE MATHEMATICAL SKILL.
Most people form images when computing mathematically, but how we use our eyes to form these images remains hidden from our senses. Whenever we try to count something, our eyes stop at each item that we are counting. This can make even simple addition very slow if the eyes have the habit of moving very slowly and prolonging the duration of the stop.
People who can add and subtract quickly and otherwise manipulate numbers skillfully make almost imperceptibly smooth and brief stoppages of their eyes when they count. Those who are most skillful at mathematics see several items or even “sets” of items at once. The following exercise will help make you aware of how you use your eyes to compute and will also help to give you an ability to manipulate larger numbers or items at a faster speed.
- Sit or lie in a comfortable manner. It is important that you be as relaxed as possible to reduce muscular stress that would make it more difficult to observe the very subtle contractions of the muscles of your eyes.
- You will need to close your eyes during this lesson. With your eyes closed, observe any movement your eyes make under your lids. Look at one imaginary coin (or any object you prefer if you don’t like to look at coins). Imagine another coin next to that coin. Have the coins be a good distance apart. Notice if it is possible for you to see both coins without your eyes moving back and forth to each one.
- Now, move the rwo coins to the left side of your field of vision, and add three coins to the right side. Can you feel the movements your eyes make to see three coins? Can you try to see all five coins at once, each one distinctly without YOut eyes moving? If not, remove one or more coins until you can see them all individually without moving your eyes. Open your eyes and remove all your coins. Pause.
- Close your eyes again and try increasing the number of coins in your field of vision to six. Can you see six coins without moving your eyes to each one? If not, remove one or more coins until you can see them all without your eyes moving to them. Can you see seven without moving your eyes? Rest your eyes.
- Gradually increase the number of coins or other items in your field of vision one at a time without moving your eyes to see the individual coins.It takes tremendous concentration to hold several items in our mind without moving our eyes to each one. It might require a litde practice every day to increase the number of items in your field of vision. 6. Now can you try taking five items on the left side of your visual field and seven items on the right side and move them together to form 12 items? Be sure to take your time to let 12 items emerge in your visual field.This kind of concentration can make us hold our breath, squeeze our face, and grind our teeth. Thinking is a whole-body activity. Be sure to take an opportunity to observe what you are doing with your hands, feet, and breathe while you concentrate.
- Can you keep your eyes stable while you see thirteen items in your visual field? Keep breathing and relax your face and throat while you try. If you succeed, divide your thirteen coins into groups of six and seven, and move them to different sides of the visual field. Can you feel your eyes moving the groups of coins? Now try to do this again, but don’t move your eyes while you separate your thirteen coins into two groups. Rest and slowly roll your head from side to side.
- Gradually keep adding coins or other items to your visual field without moving your eyes while keeping your face, jaw, and hands relaxed. If you can hold a high number of objects in your visual field, can you count them one at a time without moving your eyes? Remember. Mastering this lesson will give you the concentration and focusing skills necessary to compute more rapidly by eliminating unnecessary eye movements when we count. As our eye muscles become more efficient, so will our brain. Many people have never learned how to focus their mind to be able to think more clearly, compute more readily, and read more easily. Mastering this lesson is like a meditation that provides the foundations for further skills.By the way, if you can only hold seven or eight or nine coins in your visual field, that’s okay.
SHARPEN YOUR FOCUSING SKILLS.
Here you will have an opportunity to feel the muscles that focus your eyes. As your eye muscles become more awake and alive they will gain an ability to focus and accommodate for depth perception and allow you to be more visually precise, as most people have never had an opportunity to experience their eye muscles to this degree.Make sure you don’t interfere with your breathing as you explore this process.
- Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet in a comfortable position. Make sure that your knees and feet are far apart. Close your eyes and see a ring of any color you choose. Very slowly, watch the ring go away from you as it lifts up toward the ceiling. Allow it to go far enough away so that you can no longer see the space inside the ring. It recedes to a tiny spot. Can you feel what your eyes are doing to activate this image?
- Take the spot far away from you and slowly allow it to descend until it grows again into a ring. And then, let the ring descend closer and closer to your face until it grows larger. Eventually, the ring becomes like a large hoop and goes around your head. Rest. Observe what this did to your eyes.
- Return to the ring above your eyes. Slowly send it far away until it becomes a spot again. Then, let it descend to form a hoop around your face. Feel the work your eyes perform to create this movement. Slowly, repeat the movement of the ring back and forth far from your face, up to the ceiling and down over your head near the floor. Repeat this several times until you can feel how the work of your eye is linked to the movement of the ring.
- Roll over onto your stomach. Let your legs be a slight distance apart. Put your forehead on the back of your hands in a place where your head can rest comfortably. Repeat the movements of the ring moving far away to become a spot and returning toward you to form the circle around your head. Do your eyes feel different doing this movement when you are on your stomach? You have an opportunity to feel the weight of your eyeballs and the work your muscles around your eyeballs perform in order to move them, as you shift from lying on your back to lying on your stomach. Go back and forth again until you can feel the difference when your eyes must lift the ring up toward your face (while on your stomach) as opposed to allowing the ring to descend over your face.
- Come to sitting position in a comfortable position. Look out horizontally and close your eyes. See your ring at some distance in front of your face and gradually move it back and forth, far from you and very near to you, until you feel not only your eyes but the corresponding movement of your head, neck, and jaw. Where in the movement is it easier to breathe? Rest.
- Come to standing position. Find an easy comfortable balance with your legs slightly apart. Again, explore the movement of the ring as it moves back and forth horizontally in front of you. Can you feel the effect of your eyes activating this image on the position of your head and perhaps even on your balance? You might feel your entire body moving with the ring. Rest. Go for a walk and observe, as you look around, if you can still feel the work your eyes do to focus and find depth perception while they are open. But keep in mind that it’s harder to sense and feel the movement of our eyes while they are open and actively engaged. Our attention goes to what we are seeing, not to how we are using the eye muscles to see. That’s why this lesson as well as the other lessons in this section should be done with the eyes closed.