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Zooming In On the Small Stuff: It’s a Macro-Monday Puzzle!

3 Nov

A quick exercise in attention to detail, meaning, and order before diving into a game.

Move your eyes off  your screen. Look left, then look right. What do you see? Overall, does what you see say something about you or your day/week/stage in life?

Now pick one item in your visual field and think about that item in this context. Does it have a purpose? How did it get there? What if you moved that item to another room? Would it be out of place?

This simple exercise just fired up four distinct processes in your brain.

  1. Focus / attention to context,
  2. Future thinking / preparation,
  3. Evaluation of meaning of a specific item (use, purpose, placement), and
  4. Shifting perspective (what if you moved it?).

In about a minute and without really struggling or working too hard, you just kept all four of those pathways open and active. Pretty big pay off for very little effort, right?

I did a variation on this exercise this morning as I put together today’s Macro-Monday puzzles –  an exercise where I take slices out of photos and you have to guess what they are. Each of the photo slices below is a closer look from a photo I took when I looked to my right – no staging, just what I saw on my desk. It is Monday and I am a planner so there might be a thing or two that will give you a hint about what I am writing about later this week.  Some are common desk items, some are incredibly functional, and some are just pieces of my life!

All pretty easy so no hints today :)!  Can you guess what these are?

P1160038 (3)

P1160038 (2)

P1160035 (3)

P1160033 (2)

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P1160035 (2)

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P1160043 (2)

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A bonus slice today: this is on the stool next to my desk – I could not resist!

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How did you do?


Day 3 and counting…!

Zooming In on Some Musical Things

4 Aug

I’ve talked a lot about consciously engaging multiple processes in your everyday life as the best way to nourish your brain and keep pathways open and alive. Music, by nature, does that for you. Listening to music makes you want to move, activates your imagination, sparks emotions, forces you to find patterns, and triggers all of those language and meaning processes in your brain.  Pretty cool, multi-impact activity.

Beyond that, I have no doubt music can heal us and help us change how we think and process information. Music has the power to help us re-write the stories of our live just by making us feel and experience more deeply. Many of my stories — good, challenging, or indifferent — are wrapped in the blanket of music.  It is my recurring theme and part of my daily life.

Today we are Zooming In on and taking a much closer look at some musical items. Can you identify what these music makers are?

Piano Strings Steinway (2)


Tamborine (2)


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We know that music makes life so much richer but music can also change lives, provide hope, inspire, and activate parts of the brain that make us act — sometimes change behavior. Here is the song that is on my mind today — a song that I wish would be played on loud speakers in hopes that it would make people stop and think, and be inspired to change….


Check in tomorrow as we Zoom Out and look at the power of music therapy using a broader lens.

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