Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I recently read an article in Whole Living Magazine about boosting your brain power. It seems that as we age (who, us?), we become more forgetful and distracted, partly because our brain doesn't process what we hear, see, and smell the way it once did. The reason we become less sense-itive: we tend to tune out our surroundings and do many of our daily tasks on a kind of autopilot. But when we wake up and smell the coffee (or hear the birdsong or admire the flowers), we're actively using the sensory parts of our brains, which means blood is flowing to those areas, keeping them robust. We need to take in the sounds, sights and smells of the world around us.
I know for me, becoming passionate about photography has taught me to really see the world around me. Getting out and shooting also puts me in the environment to notice the smells and sounds as well. I like to think that this sensory awakening is helping to keep my mind active and my senses sharp.
This post is off the topic of our monthly theme "My Favorite Things" but then again, maybe it's not. Photography is definitely one of my favorite things and now I have even more to love about this hobby, knowing it's also doing my brain some good!
So get out there, awaken your senses to the world around you and share with us in the Flickr pool some of your favorite ways to keep your senses sharp. Don't forget to tag your photo with the monthly theme "My Favorite Things" in order to have your photo considered for "In Focus". Have you noticed the "In Focus" spotlight in the right column here? Cathy Hubmann's photo was featured last week. Wouldn't it be fun to have your photo spotlighted this week?
"For ourselves, who are ordinary men and women, let us return thanks to Nature for her bounty by using every one of the senses she has given us." Virginia Woolf.
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