March 2018

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As data analysis and datametrics have blossomed in the job searches of my millennial kids, I thought it time to assess the assessment. You already know that Body Talk is the answer, but I hope you read on.

Assessment is sure big business—so it may be here to stay. Students preparing for their college admissions tests and recent grads getting set to interview for a big job are juggling a lot. Staying focused during study, test and interview situations can present a myriad of challenges, including stress and anxiety. Pity then, the people (up to 80% of ALL people) who find their ability to pay attention under stress missing in action. Lack of focus and a susceptibility to procrastination are both hallmarks of a brain not under proper control by its owner. In fact, evidence supports the likelihood that stress leads to illness, degeneration, and relationship problems. And just as each person is a unique individual, the ways a person loses focus or procrastinates are hers alone.

The brain has an infinite number of ways to configure this. Regions across the brain come together to encourage a creative thinker to engage neural networks different from those of the default test-taking region of the brain, for example. And, as usual, the brain is so well-designed that losing focus and putting off thinking about doing something is actually a protective measure, meant to allow the neural networks to reset when under duress. Unfortunately, most of us are trained to resist or judge our daydreaming moments as some kind of failure. It appears that our mind “wandering” does not make us calm, or indeed, any happier than if we were “on task.”

Mindfulness training is sometimes used to help manage stress and retain focus. Same goes for taking regular breaks, building up a reserve of mental energy, or even allowing the brain to “go mindless” and shift into automatic mode. But it seems to me that when we are battling an already maxed out system (like a high school student’s), we are already up against very limited available attention. Besides, these proposed solutions require a good amount of mental control and organization! There may be a way to support the brain without adding to the to-do list. Researchers in Boston are working with a training system that is designed to make the brain’s circuitry more efficient. Results on serious cases are encouraging, and a recent study on the run-of-the-mill case looks promising, too.

Complementary medicine techniques are incredibly well suited to enhancing the efficiency of the brain’s neural networks. Heart Math, Healing Touch, Breathwork and Body Talk are not frequently studied in the scientific research—but when they are, the findings support that when we activate and balance our head, heart and gut, we experience greater emotional stability, increased mental clarity and improved cognitive function.

The win is a big one — you can balance your unique brain’s communications system in under ten minutes. Tapping the hemispheres of the brain once a day or even just before the door opens to your interview will move you out of stress mode and allow your mind and body to react healthily to the stress in your life. The effects are immediate, and often long-term. Body Talk is based on the simple, profound principle that your body is capable of healing itself at all levels. Natural healing is automatically initiated when you cut your finger or twist your ankle. Everyday living can compromise your innate healing ability and lead to illness or degeneration. Body Talk reminds your body/mind to direct its healing to these neglected or compromised areas, particularly in times of greater than usual stress.

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