Self-Care Tip #220 – Take your freedom and be good to yourself.
Free-will keeps cropping creeping climbing clambering up with us. Go figure. As usual, Carl pushed buttons and inspired me to remember the lovely word “self-government.” I was so delighted that not only does the term self-government say it so well, but I felt like I was the first to come up with it. Then I googled around and found Webster, many countries (possibly yours,) and even our own constitution of the United States (“We the people…”) might have wrinkled time and stolen it from me before I even thought of it (See Einstein and the Fabric of Time.) Can you believe that!
While calming my unappreciated self, I ran across like-minded David Rigoni’s splendid work at the University of Marseille. (After reading this, I’m sure he will delight in hearing us named, “like-minded.”) Dr. Rigoni says,
Folk psychology tells us if you feel in control, you perform better. What is crucial is that these effects are present at a very basic motor level, a deep level of brain activity.
He and his team studied thirty people over different tasks, using different mediums of examination and deduced that it is better to believe.
If we are not free it makes no sense to put effort into actions and to be motivated.
Dr. Rigoni’s work reminded me of the work of MIT neuroscientist Sebastian Seung. Some time ago, Dr. Seung gave a wonderful TED conference,
Dr. Seung tells us the good news that we are more than our genes. The connections among neurons are where memories and experiences get stored – not in the genome.
My pleasure grew when I read about the collaborative work from a few schools we’ve heard of – see NYU news. ….Apparently goals and habits show overlapping neurological mechanisms.
This is all very exciting to our self-government. I’m sure that we the people would hate to find out that all this time we’ve demanded our freedom – it wasn’t even possible. But it is – even per the hot-shots of the world. The sophisticated and unsophisticated, in paradigms of thought, Time and Timelessness, learning, beliefs and feelings, in my country and in yours – we continue comfortably and with confidence to say, SELF-CARE BEGINS AND ENDS WITH ME. (See Ghettysburg Address.)
Questions: When have you found yourself unable to claim your freedom to be friendly with yourself? How have you managed to cross the barriers you perceived around yourself or others? What would you like to tell Carl or Carl? Please tell us your story.
- Researchers find similarities in brain activity for both habits and goals (eurekalert.org)
- The Connectome: TED Talk Summary of Sebastian Seung (brainposts.blogspot.com)
- What’s a Connectome? (theconnectome.wordpress.com)
- Does belief in free will lead to action? (eurekalert.org)
- Are We More Than Our Connectomes? (fragmentsfromfloyd.com)
- Does belief in free will lead to action? (sciencedaily.com)
- Stimulus, Feeling, Action – Folk Psychology in Fiction Writing (dougbeyer.wordpress.com)