Every emotion, reasoning or decision in my life has gone through my body…

What’s up by Name Surname for COCOONERS N° 11

April 26, 2024
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This article was first published in Cocooners N° 11

Every emotion, reasoning or decision in my life has gone through my body. Movement, space, and interaction with objects and the environment have a major impact on how I think. Moving activates the senses, increases perceptions, and brings new information. For a while I believed it was a subjective experience derived from my athletic background, but I’ve found that it doesn’t just happen to me.

It is scientifically proven that when the body becomes active and interacts with the environment and objects, it triggers chemical, physiological and neurological changes that contribute to the formation of thought. In some cases, new connections are created. Thinking is not just an operation of the brain.

So, why do we spend years sitting at a desk at school and then around a meeting table? Why are taking notes and writing on a keyboard the only gestures contemplated?

Interacting with objects means intentionally transforming the environment to get where the mind alone cannot go. Let’s try to consider space as a tool and the interaction as part of the process. Moving post-it notes around on the board to see how content relates is literally managing information and understanding its meaning more deeply.

Let’s do it with kids in the classroom and with colleagues at work. What would it change? It would be completely different, believe me! On the essential role of the body as a constituent element of thought, Antonio Damasio writes: “Surprising as it may sound, the mind exists in and for an integrated organism; our minds would not be the way they are if it were not for the interplay of body and brain during evolution, during individual development, and at the current moment”.

Handle an object to think: a simple action that becomes revolutionary. Can we start?

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