One of the five interventions that we teach is that of Meditation, and the desirability of ‘cooling our brain’ to relieve stress. Some call this Spirituality. To many people Spirituality can mean following their God or a higher power, and of praying to that power by focus and introspection. To others it can mean meditating at the top of a mountain or embracing a beautiful vista somewhere in the world, or perhaps imagining being transported back in time to a wondrous place once visited. A place that offers the feeling of peace, tranquility, calm, kindness and probably love.
In his book “Save Your Brain,” Dr. Paul Nussbaum – an eminent Neuropsychologist who was our keynote speaker at Memory Matters’ recent Brain Health Summit – speaks to research that points to our lives being too fast and unhealthy. He says our Brain demands stimulation but that it can function best when it is in rhythm and symmetry. Our hectic pace can cause stress, chaos and loss of brain efficiency, so from time to time our brains need to slow down and re-energize. Dr. Nussbaum refers to this phase as “Spirituality.”
In reflecting on this past week at Memory Matters after volunteering in two Compass programs and a Connections class, I concluded that the Staff did a great job in balancing the subject matter. It was typically energized and fun with socialization, conversation, learning, news, art, music, dancing, balance exercise, yoga, trivia and many games. There was also philosophical discussion and debate. However there was time to cool down. The perfect example was listening to the fabulous virtuoso violin performance of our 13-year-old star volunteer Amélie, who enthralled our participants in the Compass program with music by Handel and Rondeau by Mouret.
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