I Use My Brain, Then Shut it Down
My brain doesn’t turn off by itself. I have had to teach it to. The brain of a systems thinker cranks away at solving problems and making never-before-seen connections and enjoys doing that. There are two opposing activities that inspire me: using my brain and shutting it down.
I Use My Brain, Then Shut it Down.
Think until a Breakthrough: I love going into my home office early on a Saturday morning to think. Think and research and then think some more. E-mail is off, the home is quiet and I just think. You get into that state of flow where there is no concept of time. I allow my mind go on its own journey using the bits, pieces and connections it made all week long. Then, there is that moment where you connect concepts or uncover things previously unseen. A breakthrough. Sudden and dramatic. It’s a great day if I get to end that morning and say, “Wow, I had several breakthroughs today, let’s eat cake!”
Hike until it’s Quiet: The subdivision neighborhood where I live is nestled within more than 700 acres that include nine lakes, mature woods, grassy open spaces, gentle hills and flatland with over 25 miles of winding trails that allow for hiking, jogging, biking, or blading. An hour long walk, my brain activity is flying. First I inventory my heart and behavior. I think about what went well and say prayers of forgiveness for what could have been better. Then, I try to solve for things on my mind. Finally, I reach this place beside a lake where my mind finally goes silent. It’s like my brain is still and makes room for my soul to be at peace.
I know, I know; more people are probably inspired by cute kitties and sunsets, but for me there’s no better feeling than a breakthrough and stillness.
Enjoy your cool, brisk autumn weather before winter sets in!