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Maximizing the use of your memory(Part III)

I-Ingredients for fast learning

Children are essentially ludicrous in their activities. Their pursuits, though ridiculous are laughable. They demonstrate an irresistible drive for playing and adventure which is also the key to their ability to gather information so easily. Their curiosity can sometimes be upsetting to adults, but this is actually the main driving factor in the life of every genius this world has ever produced. Children demonstrate their scientific capacities by trying to feel and taste everything. Being energetic pushes them to always run around, which is, unknown to them, a powerful stimulant to their physical build up but also to their mental health.

Every muscle needs to be “trained” and “nourished” properly in order to be strong and healthy. Our physiology affects our psychology, because our body movements facilitate the birth of new neurons(neurogenesis) and the malleability of neural circuits (neuroplasticity) which work together to reshape how we think, remember, and behave. Our brain has two major regions which continually give birth to new neurons in adults:the hippocampus( long term and spatial memory hub) and the cerebellum(coordination and muscle memory hub) which are packed with granule cells. These cells were first identified by Santiago Ramón y Cajal, a Nobel Prize winner. It is worth noting that moderate to vigorous physical activity is essential for the birth of new granule cells in the hippocampus and the cerebellum. There is therefore no place for passivity in meeting both our physical and psychological needs for efficiency.

II-Taking responsibility for our mind

There is a story about three ways to react to our circumstances illustrated analogically with three items:an egg, a carrot and coffee. These three items respond differently to hot water. The egg becomes stronger inside, the carrot loses its strength and coffee transforms the water. Some people have the tendency, when faced with adversity, to build a shell which is a “no man’s land” with a great banner which reads:”Do not trespass”! Challenges harden them within, whereas others, like carrots, seem to melt and let their circumstances beat them up. Others, on the contrary, like coffee, have understood that stars can be seen even in the darkest of nights. They are resolute and will not let adversity, hardship, failures, difficulties or pain dictate their destiny. They have what I call a “thermostat personality”. The other two categories of people have a :”thermometer personality”. The thermometer simply tells the temperature in the room whereas the thermostat regulates the temperature.

If our emotional predispositions are natural, they are not supposed to dictate our behavior. It is true that our personality is a blend of many factors, the temperament being the most crucial. Everyone is born with natural strengths and weaknesses. It is essential to know oneself in order to “predict” our natural tendencies and work out strategies to develop self-control. Society will become chaotic if we all lost the ability to restrain ourselves from natural deviant impulses. No amount of police or military power will be enough to regulate societal activities in a state of anarchy. It is therefore imperative to know that our ability to respect each other constitutes the fundamental factor for a peaceful world.

No peace among men will ever be possible when those expected to manifest it have no inner peace. When it comes to truly learning, being at peace with ourselves is the key factor, because all learning is emotionally driven.

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