Saturday, December 12, 2009

Mature Brain

[Image of human brain while doing yoga] ... A brief but satisfying conversation last evening with a psychiatrist at a social gathering where the topic was writing and performing. I mentioned that since being retired I've found writing in new forms {especially short story] flowing on demand -- maybe not wonderful poems, short stories or the NaNoWriMo novel but easily written. The images and voices come and the word follow effortlessly. I trust the subconscious to continue yesterday's story when I have left it although I do not know where it might go and only sometimes know how it will end.

Said he, "It's neurological. The mature brain has acquired that ability, it's a fact." There were many other people around, interruptions, I wanted to ask for sources, for references to research. He seemed so certain and factual, I believed him. I've followed a lot of the brain research with Tibetan monk meditaters and of people doing yoga -- MRIs very definitely show changes in parts of the brain used. I find all this very exciting. It is also part of the reason I feel older people who have written little but now want to should not only be encouraged to "just do it" but should also be offered pointers and structures toward good writing that goes deeper than the surface, tells more truth than the sentimentalities and nostalgia I see too much encouraged. The capability is there, let us not be afraid of the truths we have learned through all our living.


Kass said...

June - I have felt this phenomenon of feeling more ease in my writing, but I attributed it to the fact that I starting blogging. Maybe it's a combination of the neurological impulse being fed by the stimulation of blogging. Interesting post and image. Thanks.

Elisabeth said...

I'm new to your blog, June. and heartened to read this.

We all get older, if we're lucky enough to live that long.

I'm not yet quite seventy but in the blink of an eye, I will be.

I've found that ever since I hit fifty some years ago, my mind seems to have kicked up a gear, so anecdotally I agree with you and it is very heartening.

I look forward to reading more from you.

Ladydy5 aka: Diane Yates said...

My brain must have turned to a creative side of me for now I am doing things I wouldn't care to do years before. Words seem to pour out of me from where I don't know but I am more inclined to write than I ever wanted to. Is it being 70? I feel also that people who encourage you or even pat you on the back for writing something or designing something just stimulates you to do more.