Awakening the Brain

Have you ever heard the statement that we only use 10% of our brain? I am not a neurologist, but I imagine we use a lot more. How much goes into automatic functions to keep us alive? How much is used for storage of things that we have no idea about? How much do we even really know about the brain?

The question we should be asking isn’t how much of our brains do we use, but rather…How much more can we use? What are our upper limits? Is it even safe if we exceed those limits?

I may have been in an over-caffeinated state, but once I thought my head was going to explode with too much information. That was a long time ago, and there is no doubt that I have learned much more since then. As a matter of fact, I think I am learning something new every day. And this is just information. I can’t imagine the new motor skills being picked up or the additional muscle memory which has to be stored somewhere other than in the muscles only.

If I even try to contemplate the things I haven’t done, I am overwhelmed. There is a creativity side that is still in its infancy, and has yet to be fully cultivated. The opportunity for growth in that area is enormous, if I let it grow.

Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half awake. We are making use of only a small part of our physical and mental resources. Stating the thing broadly, the human individual thus lives far within his limits. He possesses powers of various sorts which he habitually fails to use. –William James

I haven’t untapped my full power, but I am trying to go beyond where I was at yesterday. The best thing I can do is remove the self-limiting governor that is preventing me from realizing my full potential. All I can do is try, and maybe along the way become a full-fledged renaissance man fully awake.

It takes a bit of courage to step beyond the comfortable. By not pushing the boundaries of our mind, we are allowing a modicum of comfort. It is an easy path to remain sedentary, whether that is physically or mentally. But, we are never too old to learn something new, if we choose to continue learning.

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