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Think left handed today (or right handed if you are a lefty)

The Corpus Callosum fascinates me.
In case you’ve never heard of it, let me quickly catch you up: The corpus callosum is a bundle of fibers connecting the right and left hemispheres of the brain. It’s like a hallway in our brain that allows information to flow between hemispheres. The left side of our body is controlled by the right side of our brain, and the left side of our brain controls the right side of our body.

Severed corpus callosum testing in the 1960s
by Michael Gazzaniga and Roger Wolcott Sperry confirmed that our left brain specializes in language and our right brain is all about facial recognition and attentional monitoring. Further testing suggested that right brains recognize others while left brains have a bias for recognizing self.

Creativity,
artistic ablities, musical skills, and photographic memories are part of the right cerebral cortex. If you have crazy math skills and and find it easy to work with numbers and words – that comes from the left hemisphere.  Think about what side of your brain you use most on a daily basis.  Think you’re naturally creative?  Think twice.

Your brain is not meant to be creative.
Through creating, recognizing, and using patterns, our brain makes sense of the world we live in. Life would be impossible without these patterns. However, it is imperative that at times we change these patterns or create new ones. This goes beyond creativity into a lateral thinking process where we are able to change perception of how we see the world and it’s patterns in order to make changes.

I think it’s time for you to break your patterns.
Break out of all your patterns today.  Eat dinner in the morning.  Eat desert first.  Take an alternate route home from work.  Go home and change your outfit right now.  Do as much as you can to break out of your patterns.

Today, I’m going to spend the day left handed.