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Re: Article on Brain Laterality and Emotions

Posted by Bob on November 12, 1999, at 22:54:03

In reply to Re: Article on Brain Laterality and Emotions-Sean, posted by Noa on November 12, 1999, at 17:17:36

My interest in Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain came out of a seminar sponsored by my dorm council back in undergrad. I never got beyond second grade in terms of my people-drawing skills. The woman running the seminar had us sitting across from a partner, and asked us to draw one eye. Mine looked like the typical almond-shaped full-circle-iris sort of thing I'd been drawing for 15 years or so. Then, she had us draw it again, working with us on some (literal) visualization stuff ... *really* taking a look at what we were seeing and questioning the automatic definitions and concepts that popped up when we processed that sound we associate with "eye". My second drawing looked like nothing I had ever drawn before.

I've done some Tai Chi (and I really should sign up for these yoga classes being offered just down the block from me). The great thing about Tai Chi for me was that it felt like my mind separated from my body, as if the physical movement was an anti-distraction and my mind just wouldn't focus on it. But now that you mention it, it kinda was more like my logical mind was left behind on its own. My visual abilities, my body sense, all of this seemed heightened. It was really cool watching my classmates and staying in synch with them, only by seeing their shadows on the floor, reflections in the glass, never actually looking directly for this stuff.

As for having good cross-talk (thanks, Noa!) maybe that explains something. Like I always say, I think we have our gifts as well as our disorders. Mine is tied to intuitive leaps. I'm the schmoe who doesn't say a word when playing charades while the rest of my team is shouting out all sorts of things, until I just blurt out the answer, half the time halfway out of the blue. Always used to irritate my friends to no small end ....





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