𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝗳𝘂𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲, 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗰𝗮𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀
In Brain Gym® and Movement Based Learning™, blue colour is used visually to represent the Centering Dimension
CENTERING DIMENSION – BLUE
In Educational Kinesiology, to notice means to pay attention to one’s state of mind, body and emotions. It also means to be aware of the big and small changes that affect a learner’s confidence, effectiveness and ease of use of skills and abilities.
To notice something, we need to use the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which is where the ability to self-reflect comes from. The ability to notice is like a muscle that grows with exercise. And since we integrate our brain and body experiences by moving, sensing, feeling and thinking, there are three dimensions to Brain Gym® and Movement Based Learning™, which are represented by three colours: Yellow, Blue and Red. These represent the dimensions of Laterality, Centering and Focus, respectively. It is important to be aware that while noticing is done in the prefrontal cortex, the brain only performs optimally when all three dimensions of learning are integrated well.
In this article, we will look at the Centering Dimension.
𝗔 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝗦𝗰𝗲𝗻𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗼 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗗𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗜𝗺𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲
A child who has a Centering Dimension imbalance might show signs of emotional instability or inability to organise, such as in the following true case file.
Two mothers were talking to each other about their children.
Mother 1: My son is really losing interest in his studies now, during this pandemic.
Mother 2: My son is spending a lot of time in his room nowadays. I am worried for him.
As parents of the two children above, might you feel frustrated or helpless to support your child during the pandemic? Through the Centering Dimension, you may find useful techniques for yourself in supporting your children’s emotional and organisational strengths.
𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 – 𝗢𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
The Centering dimension is all about organising the top and bottom parts of the brain and body. When top and bottom are in sync, the learner is able to concentrate on details and see the bigger picture at the same time. This enables the child to respond rationally to external stimuli rather than to be in an automatic “fight or flight” state of reaction.
𝗘𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗴𝘆 𝗘𝘅𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗗𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻
The dimension of Centering can be described as stability in gravity. To develop the Centering dimension skills, Energy Exercises are used, which support vertically integrating the brain and body, helping to calm and centre learners.
This teaches us how to balance the movements of our upper and lower body, improving self-awareness, organisation and, ultimately, academic ability. The ease of sitting, standing up and relaxing are supported by this dimension.
𝗤𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗔𝘀𝗸 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗗𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻
Centering is also fundamental to emotional intelligence. It’s the source of joy, passion, bonding, memory, the sense of self and the ability to relate with others. The Centering dimension allows us to organise all our emotions in posture and movement. In this way, the dynamics of feelings are simultaneously expressed and contained.
In the dimension of Centering, we ask ourselves questions to understand our feelings: Where am I in relation to other people or objects? What am I feeling? How do I relate to my physical world? Do I want to connect or be hostile? If I had to choose one word for my feelings, would it be joy, grief, anger or fear? Or would it be ease, calm, boldness, numbness, edginess or confusion?
When this dimension is in sync, we experience feeling grounded and find ourselves enabled to express our inner feelings appropriately without getting upset. We find our place and connection in the world.
In Brain Gym® and Movement Based Learning™, we explore these three dimensions of intelligence in relation to the holistic brain-body system. All three of these dimensions must work together in order for the whole brain-body complex to comprehend, organise and communicate well.
To review, the three colours, dimensions and their functions are:
• Yellow/Laterality/Communication – the left-right dimension of the brain hemispheres
• Blue/Centering/Organisation – the top- bottom dimension of the Midbrain
• Red/Focus/Comprehension – the back-front dimension of the Back Brain
To get a comprehensive view of the three colours and dimensions in Brain Gym® and Movement Based Learning™, be sure to read the other two articles in this series.
Learn more about the practical application of the 3 Dimensions – and additional Brain Gym® and Movement Based Learning™ modalities like these. Join the upcoming first-ever virtual Breakthroughs International Conference (BTiC Malaysia 2021) from 29 July – 1 Aug 2021. For more info, visit https://ti.to/b2/btic2021 (and save $30 USD off your ticket using promo code: COV19).
Relevant presentations to attend includes:
Susanti Kho – https://btic2021.online/the-relationship-of-teaching…/
Koh Li Li – https://btic2021.online/from-schools-reject-to-leader…/
Sue Walker – https://btic2021.online/the-relationship-between…/
Keynote Topic – Phoebe Long – https://btic2021.online/a-brake-to-break-the-vicious…/
Case scenario taken from MBGA Newsletter #5 credit Phoebe Long. BTiC Malaysia 2021 is hosted by Malaysia Brain Gym Association, https://braingym.my/
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