DISHWASHERS AND BRAINS

Posted by Tawna - August 1st, 2010

DISHWASHERS AND BRAINS

I love my dishwasher!  Recently, while I was gone out of state on a two-week trip, my old one broke.   Water went gushing everywhere and there was no fixing it.  We would need a new one and my husband waited for me to get back home and join him for the shopping spree.  In the meantime, I was reminded of the old days when we did dishes by hand.  It was not a lovely stroll down memory lane.  Since my old dishwasher was unhooked, the hot water to my kitchen sink—which it shared—was turned off as well.  The spoiled pile of dirty dishes in the sink had to be done and, in the compromised situation, this is how it looked:  Put water in pan, heat, dump in single-bowl sink, put more water on to heat, add liquid detergent, put dishes in the two-inch-deep water, wash, stack on dish towel, half way through put more stove-heated water in sink as current water is cold, fill pan again and put on stove, finish washing dishes, drain sink, return plug, dump more hot water in sink, fill pan again and put on stove, put dishes back in sink and rinse, deposit on dish towel again, dry dishes, put them away, fill sink with hot water last time, wash down stove and counters, drain sink and wash out.  It was an hour-long process!

Last night my husband installed the new dishwasher.  I did the dishes.  With the appropriate mechanisms in place I simply rinsed the dishes, loaded them in the dishwasher, filled the little detergent compartment, shut the door, and turned it on.  The whole process was completed in about ten minutes.  Nirvana!

The whole experience illustrated for me the dilemma of our need for brain integration and the cumbersome ordeal that occurs when we lack it in our daily functions.  We all know that there are two halves of our brain—the left (logic) and the right (gestalt) hemispheres—which communicate and interact constantly, allowing us to perform our daily tasks.  How well we are able to carry out these tasks depends on the degree of brain integration that we are experiencing.  If our brain’s two-way interaction is blocked or hindered, we will have diminished access to some Gestalt and Logic “lead” functions.  The brain will then have to invent other ways to accomplish the demanded tasks by creating other—often inappropriate—neurological pathways.  The process will be unwieldy and burdensome.  Our ability to think clearly, make choices, relate to others and make sense of our world will be inhibited.

Like my experience of doing the dishes in the sink, if our brains are not integrated, we may experience life as a struggle.  The more our brains have to detour messages to get to their destination because of blockages, compensations and adaptations, the slower and more stressful brain processing will be and the more energy will be sucked up trying to do it.  The messages will probably arrive at their destination, but the cumbersome process will cost us.  Look at the difference between doing the dishes in the single-bowl sink with no hot water and doing them in the dishwasher.

Brain integration has everything to do with how easily we are able to deal with stress.  It is also situational.  If we could maintain brain integration regardless of the situation, we would be able to learn almost anything and have access to our knowledge and wisdom.  Since all of us have certain situations that cause us stress—compromising brain integration and learning—we may find a particular activity impossible to do, when, in fact, the problem lies not in the activity itself, but in the reality that we have just lost integration.  This can happen for many reasons, for example, we may experience acute stress related to a person, a specific event or a situation.  We might feel unempowered when having to deal with a domineering person.  We might lose brain integration when experiencing a trauma, as well as remembering, or unconsciously reliving past traumas.   We may inhibit integration through a shutdown of the corpus callosum.  This frequently starts as a defense mechanism during childhood and subsequently leads to difficulties handling life.

Here’s the good news!  Bringing brain integration back “on” is done simply and easily.  It is a matter of a couple of steps that, once learned, you can effortlessly do for yourself.   Trust me when I say this simple procedure can actually be life-changing.  Give me a call at 801.599.2253 and stop struggling with daily tasks.  Experience the simplicity of brain integration and start using the proverbial dishwasher!

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