We are now in week 4 of the Master Keys program, and the light bulb finally went off! The first 3 weeks, I felt like I was a 5 year old that was in a post graduate class, and it was only because I made a commitment and a promise to see this all the way through the 26 weeks that I didn’t quit. But this week, Week 4, KAPOW!!!! The clouds are clearing and I am loving the view!!!
This week, we are learning the science behind “changing your mind”. I watched a video by neuroscientist Dr. Joe Dispenza, explain what actually happens physically and chemically in your brain(s) (there are 3 of them!) when you have a thought or emotion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W81CHn4l4AM Totally fascinating!
I want to share 2 examples of how this worked for me this week.
Last week, I shared about how I have gone back to hula classes at my church, after many, many years. It was like going back to grade school! I don’t remember my first hula session when I was 7 years old, but I do remember that it was easier to memorize the movements and steps than it is now. We started learning and practicing the song I Lift My Hands by Chris Tomlin at the beginning of August, for our October 13 performance. That was EIGHT weeks of practice! At first, I was totally lost, my feet tripping over each other, my hands and hips and knees so stiff and not at all graceful as a hula dancer should be. And what? I had to learn 3 verses? And be in the front row where I didn’t have someone to follow? I was determined to do my best and exercise those long dormant brain cells by practicing, practicing, practicing. And by October 13, up there on the stage dancing in front of the congregation, it was EFFORTLESS.
The second example is an exercise I have been doing since the beginning of October. I have been challenging myself to follow a schedule to build up the time I can hold a plank, from 20 seconds to 5 minutes. (This is a position on the ground, much like the start of a pushup, but with your elbows on the ground instead of your hands.) It requires strength and stability. As you can see from the chart, on day one, I started at 20 seconds, which wasn’t difficult. But as the days went by, and the required time was nearing 2 minutes, my head starting telling my body things like “stop already! My back is sore! My abs can’t hold on much longer!”, so it took some pretty LOUD self talk to not give up too soon. Yesterday was Day 23, and I was up to 3 minutes! I felt victorious!!! I still have to build up to 5 minutes, but this is the longest I’ve ever held a plank before, so I felt triumphant!
We all know that practice makes perfect, but now I know why. I was actually REPROGRAMMING and BUILDING new connections in my brain all along! Whether it was learning a new dance or holding a plank longer and longer, as long as I kept exercising those brain cells with repititious thought and physical practice, I was continually improving. This is EXCITING!!!! It means you are never too old to learn something new! Love it!!!