DAY OF ACTIVATION

Today 01/08/2012 I decided to get on the 2week grace period. I hope to boost my memory, boost my impulse thinking, boost my retention ability, improve my intelligence in a way that will permit me to be more creative, knowledgeable on many subject areas hence boosting my self esteem and steering me towards helping others moree and moreeeee. God please help me and help this to work for me and others. I also pray it helps me with studying for the MCAT :)

MindSparke Working Memory Training

5 Responses to “DAY OF ACTIVATION”

  1. Julian says:

    You know, it’s interesting, I really like how you are integrating your mindsparke training goals with your life goals. You sound like you have a very active mind. I have a rather overactive mind. I have been doing the mindsparke program for several months now, and more and more I seem to realize “intelligence” for me is the meeting of the ability to concentrate and focus with a specific mental process you want to solve or engage in… could be memorizing, analysing, finding a solution to a personal or intellectual problem.

    One could almost say the mental processes you want to do in your active life are secondary to the ability to concentrate, focus, and ultimately, meditate. So I now spend as much time on Zazen meditation and yoga breathing retention as I do on Mindsparke… which allows me the mental distance from an overactive mind to become more intelligent. If this sounds like a circle, it is!
    Good luck! Julian

  2. Lea says:

    Julian,

    Thank you…. I like your approach; yoga+ meditation + Mind Sparke= a more focused and “intelligent” hyperactive mind. You have been using Mind Sparke for months now and I feel happy to hear that you seemed satisfied with what it has to offer. Hopefully I perceive a change with time.

    My hope is that Mind Sparke permits me to better study for the MCAT I’m currently preparing for and ultimately shape a better me intellectually.

    Goodluck to you too.

    Lea.

  3. Julian says:

    Yoga + meditation + Mind Sparke = less crowded hyperactive mind. It all comes down to direction of action eventually. What is important to do, what are 3 or 4 priorities in a day which make the day meaningful and productive.

    When you are studying for entrance to medical school I imagine you first have to determine all the things you want to learn and retain, put them in categorized files and go to work, to be ready to perform on a given test day. It would be realistic to think that will require a focus and large amount of time and study per day. So how do you get rid of all the other stuff in your life and in your mind to do that?

    I like Mind Sparke because it helps to weed out extraneous mental impulses, anxiety, and random thinking processes popping up from the unconscious. Then when I have some free space in my conscious mind I can follow a priority of daily activities which are effective for specific goals.

    Eugene Ysaye was one of the greatest violinists of the 19th century. He got tired of flattery and said. “They call me a genius, 6 hours a day of intelligent practicing for 40 years, they call me a genius.”

    Best to you,
    Julian

  4. Lea says:

    “They call me a genius, 6 hours a day of intelligent practicing for 40 years, they call me a genius” I like that. Commitment and constant work are essential to success. I have dedicated 15+ hours a week to study just for my entrance exam besides school work

    I do have problems focusing on one thing at a time so Mind Sparke I believe is going to help me with that then. I am excited to see how things work out for me with Mind Sparke.

    Thank you very much for your input.

    Lea.

  5. Julian says:

    I’m not sure why the brain flits from one thing to another while we are consciously directing it do something. (re: problems focusing on one thing at a time).

    For one thing, we are constantly being marketed with the idea that if you are not responding to at least 2 to 4 things at a time (cell ph, tel ph, sensory perceptions, tv, ipod, etc.), you are not with it, connected, and modern. This just encourages mental flitting. Reminds me of passing notes in 5th grade.

    And then, if you are nervous from fear, you are stimulating or being stimulated by the medulla (what ever that part of the brain is called!) to fight or flee. Useful on the savannah a few thousand years ago, but now?

    A grandiose thought. What if we are fighting the battle of evolution every day, by consciously urging more front cortex thought, work and regimentation, at the expense of the whole being, including emotions, instincts, and the desire for spiritual experience? A novel by Herman Hesse “Steppenwolf” explores the two sides of a person rather well.

    Arthur Koestler said “The evolution of the brain not only overshot the needs of prehistoric man, it is the only example of evolution providing a species with an organ which it does not know how to use.”

    He really hated B.F. Skinner’s upside down view of man’s potential. “Behaviorism has substituted for the erstwhile anthropomorphic view of the rat a ratomorphic view of man.

    Habit is the denial of creativity and the negation of freedom; a self-imposed straitjacket of which the wearer is unaware.”

    If Skinner had his way we could all be trained like rats in a maze, or so Koestler says.

    All I know is that you have to separately feed the needs of the prehistoric and present day brain. They are constantly quarreling and asking for more attention. If you listen to that quarrel, you are flitting!

    Sometimes you are lucky enough to reside on the exact borderline between old and new parts of the brain, teetering between concious and unconscious thought, AND THEN EXPERIENCE AND PROGRAMMED ACTIVITY CAN BE ONE.

    I suspect that really great people can be in a state like that much of the time.

    Cheers,
    Julian

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