The man with 2 brains

 

  

The man with 2 brains is one of my all time favourite movies.

But actually, we all have 2 brains.

We have the front – thinky bit. (Over-thinky bit for most people).

This is the neo cortex and it sure is useful for doing stuff.

But it’s not so good at turning off. It’s a bit like a toddler. If you give it the option of being still… it’s not going to go for it.

 

Our second brain is the back, older, more primal bit.

It’s the gut instinct, the intuition – the emotional brain.

We spend so much time fine-tuning and working on the first of these two – clocking up hours in school and college to push lots of data into the front brain and getting it working at its optimal.

 

We don’t spend much time working on the back brain. But it’s the back brain that governs how we feel. And how we feel – well that’s pretty fundamental, right? Feeling good is awesome.

 

 

So why the division?

Well – our brain evolved over millions of years.. with new parts being added as we evolved…from the back to the front.. (neo cortex = new brain).  And like everything ‘new’ the front brain thinks it’s all that and it doesn’t really rate the back-brain. That’s why your rational self won’t rate the sense of smell. It just won’t, because it’s rational – and the rational just doesn’t value the pre-rational.

My favourite example of this is the milk-smell-test. When you smell your milk, and it’s past its best – you smell it a second time. Every time. But you know it was gone off the first time – but you always smell it a second time, right? That’s the front brain not trusting the back brain.

  

In the same way sometimes we let the rational over-ride our intuitive gut feelings. But our intuition is so vital – it’s what has the more macro-perspective – and it's what needs developing to make the best life and wellness choices for us and our families and communities.

We know that how we feel matters. And it’s the back brain that governs how we feel.

Smell changes how you feel instantly – you know this. So don’t second-guess your macro-feelgood self. Use fragrance and Gandha to feel good every day. And if your front brain still keeps telling you that smell isn’t important…just remember is the same part that tells you a million things that are more pressing than getting on your yoga mat. And OVERRIDE! 



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in wellbeing blog

How to reduce burnout and stress with yoga
How to reduce burnout and stress with yoga

We talk a lot about stress and stress levels. Burnout is now acknowledged as an actual diagnosable condition by the Worlds Health Organisation (WHO). And more and more are suffering as a result of work stress and the pressures of daily life.
Try this simple ritual to simplify your life
Try this simple ritual to simplify your life

If only life was a little easier… Well, it can be. In this blog, you will learn one simple daily ritual to simplify your life.
Top 5 essential oils for anxiety
Top 5 essential oils for anxiety

Some anxiety is normal. We get anxious when we step out of our comfort zone, maybe we have a job interview, go on a new date or have to make a big decision in our life. But when anxiety is unexplained or affects our daily life we need support.