Ever Noticed How Much We Don’t Notice?

Have you ever noticed how much we don’t notice? We don’t notice when we hoist a shoulder to an earlobe when reaching for an object. We don’t notice when we clamp our arms to our sides when we walk, or that we lead with our heads (maybe the mind can’t wait for the rest of the body to get to its destination.) How can we care about, let alone change, something we don’t notice?

We move on automatic pilot, relying on unconscious habit patterns that are programmed and maintained through neural signals. To make a difference in these unconscious patterns of movement, or lack of movement, we go back to our first three steps described in earlier blogs. We make a conscious decision to do so (Step 1) and then set an intention (Step 2). To change these patterns we need to begin to discern how we move or where we don’t move. To create such awareness (Step 3) we use movement.

Step 4:  Movement

Movement – subtle, mindful and rhythmical – can begin to ‘speak’ to, or access, the central nervous system, a non-intellectual part of the brain that affects neural signals – like those that help keep self-limiting patterns in place. We want to create new neural signals that support our intention to, say, loosen tight muscles and ease joint mobility.

We perform mindful (you could say meditative) movements, in a particular manner, on one side of the body. We notice how that side feels in contrast to how the other side feels. This allows the non-intellectual brain to begin to notice the difference between the two sides. The effect is similar to inputting data into a computer. Once the data ‘registers’, it becomes the basis for the brain, nervous system etc. to begin to help us create new neural signals that help reprogram old patterns.

Simultaneously, we kinesthetically begin to feel how we actually (vs what we assumed) use our bodies and the effect of that usage. That kinesthetic awareness informs subsequent movement, which increases awareness, which guides further movement, which expands awareness . . . a spiral of symbiotic relationships emerge, working from within and without.

The nature of the movement is important, but not conveniently described here. Among the essential tools are attitudes of healing as well as visualization, breathing, self-massage and a lot of repetition. In my opinion and experience these mindbody methods, combined with Intention, Awareness, Movement (I AM) create a powerful process that supports transformation of self-limiting patterns, whether physical, emotional or behavioral.

The resources are inside us. We just need a road map to find and use what we already have; once we do, it’s ours for life. For we boomers, it makes for graceful aging with ease. This doesn’t mean we won’t ever need to seek help from other professionals. I receive therapeutic massage and chiropractic in addition to my personal movement practice.

Share your comments; they are appreciated. This is a huge topic and I am only glancing the surface. To learn more about the fascinating internal communication network click on Articles (on the right). I also recommend the book Molecules of Emotion by the brilliant researcher Candace Pert, PhD.  See you next week.

Question for You:  How do you address unwanted patterns?

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4 Responses to “Ever Noticed How Much We Don’t Notice?”

  1. Andy Says:

    Huh. I didn’t notice. 😛

  2. Nancy Klifman M.A. Spiritual Psychology Says:

    When I feel like I am “running in circles”, with little consciousness of my “Self”, I go to my horses. In a way that cannot be explained in written or spoken language they demonstrate a different way of “reacting”. In our “dance” together we move around one another, touching and responding in the simple rituals of feeding and grooming and just “hanging out”. Linda Kohanov writes in Riding Between the Worlds”; ” The intuitive gifts and sensitivities of this nonpredatory species (the horse), combined with its natural penchant for cultivating authentic relationship, make Equus caballus especially well suited to acting as a catalyst and mirror of innovations in human consciousness.”
    I strongly recommend horse-human interactions for deeper meaning.

    • Mary Marino-Strong Says:

      How wonderful you are able to experience this deep connection with horses, Nancy. I have felt it with my cat, and dogs I had in the past to varying degrees – actually even plants though I don’t know that they mirror back as animals do. Many years ago I saw a video of Tellington-Jones working with breath and a single horse standing in the middle of a stable. As she worked [silently I think] with the one horse, all the others began to change their breathing patterns, breathed in unison, and became very relaxed, dropping their heads [a sign, she said, of equine relaxation.] I love how they could be so present in the moment to tune into the subtle change made by one woman and one horse breathing – and she did it so non-invasively. Thanks for commenting, Nancy.

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