Brain, Mind, Body and Spirit
by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, A.C.T, MCC, SCAC
My introduction to the EthosConsultancy Community
Even though I barely have time to bathe anymore, I was pleased to receive Hazel's invitation to join this particular blogging community -- especially since you are new to me and I to you. I was doubly excited by the potential of the invite after reading her impressive Terms of Service - extremely WELL done, in my view, and right up my alley.
HOWEVER -- I'm starting to feel like a "virtual" fool!
In service of that fervent hope, THIS post is a philosophically-based "About Me" designed to let you know what to expect from the posts I write here in what I will always think of as New Zealand.
Who I am and Where I "Come- from"
I consider myself a brain-based, systems development coach, trainer and advocate -- meaning that I keep up with the neuro-fields and use what makes sense to inform the assemblage of structures I develop with and for my clients and students. Understanding the workings of what used to be considered that "black box" between our ears is the only way to Learn to drive the very brain you were born with -- even if it's taken a few hits in the meantime™
It would be truthful, but not accurate, to say that I work within the community of the "neuro-diverse" -- which might seem to exclude the "neuro-typical." Accurately, we are ALL neuro-diverse. Our brains are as individual as our fingerprints. No two of us link and learn in exactly the same manner, and each of us develops best in bespoke environments.
The best educators innately understand this reality only too well. They also understand that only tutors have the luxury of creating micro-learning frameworks, one student at a time - a sad truth, but one we must somehow learn to live with as long as cash remains king and teachers are seen as public "servants." It behooves us all to have an educated populace, however limited and ineffective the enforced learning environment that serves the potentiation of economies of scale.
Another sad truth is that not a lot going on in the science fields these days makes a lot of sense to me -- meaning that it is truly fascinating, and useful in combination with a great many other research studies and points of view, but not particularly useful otherwise: mapping every nano-particle of a wing tells us precious little about flight.
I am probably at odds with most of my scientific colleagues, with the possible exception of that mythical Affective Neuroscientist who has tenure to protect his or her livelihood, and a trust fund to pay for the research. We seem to have made a sharp reductionist u-turn at gene mapping; the origin and impact of emotions is no longer in vogue with those who hand out the grants these days - or with the press, the lawmakers and the skeptics.
I am not a Skeptic, nor do I genuflect at Logic's alter without the tempering influence of human emotions and - horror of horrors - a nodding acquaintance with the embodied Spirit. I side with Hamlet on this one.
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
Dreams of MY philosophy
While I champion the thought that co-occurring and causative are two completely different things that often look the same, I also remind myself and anyone who will listen that cause and effect are often circuitously linked and frequently irreplicable. That flies in the face of "science" and currently accepted distinctions and methodologies.
When the definition of "evidence-based" confines the term to "double-blind, placebo-controlled, peer reviewed, journal published, scientifically replicable - consistent with the body of knowledge in the field," I can't help but wonder if those engaged in the pursuit of proof will ever glimpse Truth through that particular lens. The "controlled experiment" has many uses, but at bottom, forcing anecdotal report to genuflect at its alter is short-sighted.
"Life is an uncontrolled experiment: confounded, confounding, and, above all,
completely impossible to replicate—tragically so, and wonderfully so.
I try to remind myself of that as often as I can. Sometimes it helps."
~ Kathryn Schultz, The Self in Self-Help, Jan 6, 2013 New York Magazine
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