Nothing worthwhile or interesting happens with knowing.
As I have been learning through orchestrating and conducting the first of my Brainfullness Experiment workshops, as well as noticing the effects of the practice on my own life, I have continued to find things to clarify and helpful tips to share.
While we often wonder ‘why’ we are the way we are or why we think or behave in the way that we do, there are so many variables that, if we are to be totally honest with ourselves, we may struggle to know. Brainfullness is about giving you the ‘how’ to utilize your brain to best manage your behaviour and choices. (‘Why do I do what I do?).
From the evolutionary perspective, when things were simple, our decisions were simply whether to run away from a situation or whether to climb up to the next step—in essence, fight or flight, while escaping to the safety of higher ground. Yet there is also a choice to make with regards to valley crossing. This could be viewed as a more vulnerable option given the unknown, the length of the journey, and the potential exposure—there is an uncertainty in wondering if everyone will make it.
We all encounter the stresses and expectations of our society in ‘climbing the ladder’, the quest for perfection, and the tendency for comparison—whether it be in work, school, or parenthood. Yet, as we apply these decisions to our present times, we can ask ourselves if our persistence in the climb and our fondness for higher ground should be the only approach, and take into account the possibility of the value and perspective of valley crossing.
To facilitate this shift, Brainfullness is:
- Self-Directed in that it is an informed choice—by choosing to acknowledge your body and the moment, you would be valley crossing by getting grounded.
- Adaptive in the way that it is net positive for your health—allowing you to focus on creating healthy habits versus trying to rely on motivation or willpower.
- Neuroplastic in how it facilitates meaningful change—cultivating both the awareness and the radical responsibility to free ourselves from self suffering by understanding the evolutionary and self-imposed obstacles that we face. In the workshops, we start with breath and vision due to their practicality and the fact that each can be done both consciously and unconsciously. As well, each has a rich history in study and cross-cultural implementation (as in box breathing, done with Navy SEALs, and peripheralization with vision) as a way of enhancing performance and turbo-charging your ntellect. Understanding that the brain is energetically greedy, and thoughts—good or bad—are very expensive, the consumption of energy at accurate regions/networks of the brain becomes imperative. We learn how to utilize our internal overrides/resets to reroute and regulate the favourable networks, thus allowing us to achieve an optimal emotional and physiological state. Like any experiment, the beauty of Brainfullness is that it allows individuals to undertake it with a sense of play, curiosity, and acceptance of failure. Through the experimentation and expression, we create the cohesion and expansion which gives us the capability to deal with whatever situation we are presented. As we understand our brains, with practice, we can make any challenging or stressful
- interaction simply a way to stress test our developing skills.
While valley crossing is not intuitive or easy, the most successful tribes were those that undertook it— beautifully displaying an evolutionary trade-off in the benefits of going against the grain. It is a profoundly insightful experience to dive in, realizing that your only limitation should be in how you invest your time for a desired future.
We all encounter peaks and valleys in our lives—neither needs to be glorified or dreaded, or perceived as right or wrong. The most important thing is that we have a solid foundation from which to begin. By experimenting with Brainfullness, you will own your brain and enrich your interactions.
The participants have spoken! Early Five Star Review are in…!
“Eye-opening and highly informative”
~ Yvette M.
“Nuance and sophisticated, yet familiar and simple”
~ Jon D.
“Brainfullness helps me to kick the habits that are not useful” ~ Arti S.
“Deepening your relationships with yourself” ~ Christine M.
“I can use it to be a better parent and share it with my kids”
~ Claire D.
“Not always easy to follow, but worth the effort” ~Andrea C.
“No fillers, no bullshit” ~ Denise H.
“I know what a purse puppy is” ~ Julio K
“A rich wellspring of knowledge, with the humility of a clinician in the front lines” ~ Dr. Gonzalez
“The media and online teams with encouragement to ‘build your neuroplasticity!’ but Dr. T actually teaches you how to do it”
~ Dr. Watson
Dr. Tabrizi is a chiropractor, osteopath and a passionate member of both the local and scientific community, whose goal is to teach that the pursuit of optimal health and wellness is much more than being symptom-free. His practice is rooted in the philosophy of treating the person rather than just treating the illness or ailment. As a result of his interdisciplinary training, Dr. Tabrizi has developed a neuroscience-based therapeutic education approach to treating his patients, focusing on healing illness from a wider perspective, placing equal responsibility on patient as well as practitioner. Dr. Tabrizi aims to educate his patients and provide them with the tools and framework needed to integrate pain management and healthy living into the fabric of their everyday lives.