We live in the information age
In this age of information, we are also living in an age of misinformation. Some people will tell you that the overwhelming amount of information available to us has made us smarter and more informed, but others would argue that it's caused information overload: a state where we are constantly bombarded by stimuli and unable to process it all.
And while nobody can deny that there is indeed a lot of stuff out there on any given topic or person—and that many people do have trouble keeping up with everything—you may still find yourself wondering how much time you should spend reading and listening to what other people have to say about your favorite subject (or person).
Losing our bearings
The first step in addressing information overload is to recognize and accept the reality of its existence. Information, as we’ve seen, is all around us—it’s even coming at us from every different angle these days. We have access to just about anything and everything we could ever want to know, but that doesn’t mean it will make sense or be useful to you. On the contrary, many people feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information they consume daily. There are so many opinions out there on almost any topic imaginable that it can be hard for any one person to know where they stand (or what’s right). This can cause analysis paralysis - being unable to make decision due to being overloaded by information.
Information overload isn't limited just to social media either—the internet has made seemingly untouchable sources accessible within seconds thanks in part due excessive advertising content being published online every day like never before! In fact there are now more ads than ever before including banner ads which now also include pop-ups which may appear unexpectedly while browsing through various websites which...you get the point.
So how do we cope with all this stuff? The key thing here is not necessarily knowing everything yourself but rather figuring out where your own beliefs lie relative to those around you; after all no one knows everything about anything let alone themselves - our identity comes from having opinions (which change over time) based upon experiences lived through time spent learning new things each day/month/year etcetera depending upon how often we digest those piecesmeal bits individually over long periods of time until finally reaching some sort conclusion about what makes sense based upon past knowledge gained throughout our lives thus far....is your head spinning yet?
Making sense of it all
OK, OK, let's slow things down a little bit and let's focus on the main issue here: The problem isn't having too much information, but not knowing how to make sense of it. This is where our body intelligence comes into play. Our body is the ultimate decision maker and can make better decisions than our rational mind alone.
Our bodies connect us to the world in a way that allows us to understand things on many levels—a level that includes intuition, meaning and context beyond what we can logically see or think about at any given time.
So if you're feeling overwhelmed by all this information coming at you from every direction—stop! Take some deep breaths and remember: your body knows more than your head will ever know, so tune into its wisdom instead! It is first important to understand the difference between 2 hemispheres of the brain:
Left hemisphere of the brain
The left hemisphere of your brain is the logical side, and it's responsible for making sense of things. When you're working or learning something new, your left hemisphere is doing most of the heavy lifting in trying to figure out how all of these pieces fit together into one coherent picture.
When you do something new—whether it's writing an email or talking to someone at work who has a different background and perspective than yours—you want your left hemisphere working as efficiently as possible so that you can make sense of everything going on around you.
But the left hemisphere of your brain can only do so much on its own. It needs help from the right hemisphere, which is responsible for processing emotions and social cues. When you're trying to figure out how to handle a tricky situation at work or how to talk with someone who has different beliefs than yours, it's helpful to tap into both hemispheres of your brain.
Right hemisphere of the brain
The right hemisphere of the brain is more emotional, intuitive and creative. The right hemisphere is more holistic, visual and musical. It's also your spatial processor.
That means you're likely to be using your right hemisphere for tasks that require things like:
- Empathy (The ability to perceive how another person feels by imagining how you would feel in a similar situation)
- Intuition (The ability to know something without knowing how or why)
- Creativity (The ability to use imagination or original ideas to create something new)
- Metaphor (The ability to come up with a comparison between two seemingly unrelated things)
- Spatial Processing (The ability to visualize an object's location in space)
You can make the best decisions by using both sides of your brain. Why?
You can use the brain's two sides to your advantage. The two sides of the brain process information differently. The left hemisphere of the brain it is analytical, logical, and rational—it's associated with language, math and science. The right hemisphere is intuitive and imaginative—it's connected with creativity, art and music.
The left hemisphere focuses on details while the right hemisphere focuses on the big picture. By combining these two approaches we can make good decisions that are based on both logic and intuition.
The two sides of the brain are connected by a bundle of nerves called the corpus callosum. The right hemisphere sends information to the left side of the brain and vice versa. This cross-talk between hemispheres allows us to process information more effectively.
The left side processes what we see with our eyes or hear with our ears; it’s analytical and objective by nature so we tend to rely on this side more than the right when making decisions about things around us from shopping online or buying things at a store to deciding whether or not we trust someone based on what they tell us about themselves first off without any further proof required like where they live/work etc...The right side processes nonverbal cues such as body language facial expressions tone of voice pitch etc.. It gives us intuition which means feeling rather than thinking when making decisions such as how someone feels towards me personally before I even speak with them face-to-face because they look down while shaking my hand instead looking up at me directly into my eyes while doing so which tells me either one thing: shyness nervousness fear anger excitement happiness excitement joy etc.
Using your body intelligence
In the current world of information overload, body intelligence is a new field of study. Body intelligence is the ability to use your body to make decisions. It's not just "I feel it in my gut," but rather being able to sense your entire body and its reactions—and what those reactions mean for you as an individual, or for the collective human experience.
Research has shown that we can use our body intelligence to make better decisions by listening to particular sensations in our bodies, such as heart rate, breathing patterns and muscle tension. For example: If I'm feeling anxious about something, I can tell because my heart starts beating faster; if I'm feeling happy or excited about something, my breathing will change accordingly; and if I have knots in my stomach before giving a presentation at work tomorrow morning (which doesn't happen very often), then chances are good that whatever comes out of my mouth won't be as eloquent or polished as it would be normally (or else why would there be so many nervous pre-presentation stomachaches?).
Use this technique to improve your decision making process
In order to make the best decision, it is important to "listen" to both hemispheres. Almost everyone knows how to use the left side of the brain to "think" about what the best decision would be. Not as many people know how to "feel" about what the decision would be, how to tune into their body intelligence to make the best decision possible.
When you are faced with a difficult decision to make, try doing this simple technique:
- Bring into your memory (left brain) an image or experience or person that makes you feel "heavy". Everyone knows situations where we feel heavy, but everyone experience them in their own way. When you get a clear image of that something that makes you feel heavy, release the content and focus on just the bodily sensation, just the feeling (right brain). How does it feel? Where is the heaviness located? Make a mental note about this feeling.
- Do the same thing but with something that makes you feel "light". Again, using your left brain, you can make yourself feel the lightness. As soon as you have it, release the content and focus only on the feeling itself. How does it feel? Where is the lightness located? Again, remember this feeling.
- The last step of this process is to think about the decision you are about to make...imagine yourself making the decision in specific way - does it feel "light" or "heavy"?
Sometimes when we are faced with a decision, our rational part of the brain is saying something, but then we find out that our emotional part of the brain is saying something else. What worked for us and for our clients is to go with the feeling instead of thinking...try this and see for yourself.
Self-hypnosis for accessing your body intelligence
The main point is that in order to make the best decisions possible, the ideal approach is to employ both hemispheres of our brain, left brain with thinking and right brain with feeling. There are many ways to do it, but one of the most natural techniques we know of is self-hypnosis.
This wonderful and very effective technique is very useful in accessing your right hemisphere. Being able to put yourself in the hypnotic state has many benefits, even if you don’t use it for decision making. It can help you to make peace with your emotions, bring resources to where you need them most and improve your health in general.
However, used with the right intention, it can also enable you to connect with your body intelligence and become attuned to how you feel about specific situation, person or decision. Read more about self-hypnosis here.
It is now challenge for all of us to be able to make sense of the world that we experience around us.
Is it now challenge for all of us to be able to make the best decisions when faced with many variables and conflicting opinions and ideas.
It is now challenge for all of us to be able to keep peace of mind while doing all of that.
You don’t have to do it yourself. Self-hypnosis is something we use on daily basis and if you are interested in learning how to do it by yourself, make sure to contact us here.
If this post has made you think about what’s going on in your head and how you can use different parts of your brain to make sense of the world around you, then I’d like to thank you for taking the time. I hope that it’s helped clarify things for some people out there who are struggling with these issues.