Just encountered this interesting tid bit from Bob Patterson’s blog, Striking Thoughts. He relates how he was watching “The Brain”, on the History channel, and how he was fascinated with the different sections of the brain and how they relate to each other. On the show it was shown that athletes have facillitated the connections in the brain, making it easier for lower body connections instead of using higher body functions.
Research has shown that visualization still causes the brain to create new neural connections. ….. Eventually your brain builds so many connections that you can actually “zone out” and perform a task without thinking. In essence, the higher parts of your brain get shut down and let the lower parts work their magic. The narrator of the series noted that the lower part of the brain is firing off so many neural connections that it would quite literally vapor lock the rest of the brain if those upper parts got involved.
Interestingly, this is what they think happens with performance anxiety. Namely, those higher parts of the brain kick in, emotions get in the way, and that part of the brain short circuits what the lower part of the brain is very good at.
But how can we train our brain to stop thinking? Meditation! And you guessed it: The more you meditate the better your brain will get at learning how not to think. The reason being is the more you meditate the more neural connections you build. More connections means your brain gets very good at performing a given task and in this case the task is how to shut certain parts of itself down.
Now how do you help your brain get good at moving while not thinking?
Tai Chi Chuan!
You catch the entire article at Striking Thoughts