Solvitur Ambulando

January 4, 2014

In 2013 I caught up with an old friend in New York City and we stumbled onto discussing the biological future and potential of humankind. Maybe we could grow new mind-body-connection-kat-graybodies from stem cells and transplant our brains into a new body? Maybe we could have robot bodies and transplant our brains into much stronger and longer lasting bodies?

It was an interesting conversation, but I also remember feeling doubt about the robot-brain thing. Our brains are the way they are because the human body is the way it is. They affect each other. Without a human body, you wouldn’t have a human brain.

Lao Tzu said, “When the body’s intelligence declines cleverness and knowledge step forth.” A human’s mind becomes wise as the body naturally ages. Would a wise mind become immature or different when gifted with a shiny new body?

Both the mind and body are dependent on each other to create the whole human being. A change in the body will cause a change in the brain and therefore, altered behavior and/or thought patterns.

“Kill the body and the mind will follow, you understand?” – Shannon R. Virgo (unpublished author)

As I pointed out in an earlier post, “This is like this, because that is like that”. And what serves as a great demonstration of this principle, especially related to the human mind-body connection, is the concept outlined in “Spark! How exercise will improve the performance of your brain.” by Dr John J Ratey and Eric Hagerman.

Exercise changes the chemistry in your brain for the better. Humans are made to move, so when we dont, things get out of whack in the brain department. Exercise is an antidepressant, stimulant and even helps you to increase growth of new brain cells. As well as growing muscle when you exercise, you are growing more brain as well.

Coincidentally, or perhaps causally, I wrote this blog post just after finishing an early morning exercise session. Thirty minutes on the treadmill to start the day and when I finished the 30 minutes, I just had to sit down and write this post, which seemed to just bubble up out of the ether as I was putting one foot in front of the other.

“Solvitur Ambulando” translates to, “It is solved by walking.”

 

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