Sometimes seeing well is not only about seeing clearly but seeing fast. Taking in the light waves bouncing off the ball, the court, the room, the people, the books, the walls all around you. Light is constantly dancing, reflecting, jumping off the world around you, what you see depends on how well you can take in the information and process it.
When you open your eyes or turn your head, you see the light that is bouncing off of the ball, your teammates, your opponents, the crowd, and everything around you. The light has already left the object. For the last split second that light has been travelling towards you or away from the object at literally the speed of light or slightly less than 186,282 miles per second.
The time between turning your head or opening your eyes and perceiving the object or the motion is the time it takes for your eyes to collect the light, send the information to your brain, and for your brain to understand what you are seeing. The light zips from the object to the cornea or outer layer of the eye, through the eye to the retina at the back of the eye. The retina converts these light waves into chemical signals that travel along the optic nerves, through the optic chiasm under the biological clock towards the occipital lobe or visual cortex in the back of the brain. Some of the information zips over to the amygdala, which overlays emotional information. Have you seen this object or person before? Do you like or fear them? How do you feel about what you are seeing? The occipital lobe interprets the shapes, textures and colors to mean a certain thing, a baseball, a coach, an injured opponent favoring their right side, an excited fan. And then you truly "see."
This book is about speeding up the time it takes your eyes to translate the light energy (colors, shapes, textures, etc) into chemical information travelling along the nerves towards the visual cortex (occipital lobe) at the back of the head. It is about developing the ability to understand and perceive what you are seeing more quickly. And finally it is about taking that visual information and sending it to your body, your hands and feet faster so that you can respond to what you see in a more successful way.
Blinking Is Like Weight Training for the Eye
When you lift weights you are making the movement of your arms and legs more difficult in the hope that the muscles will get stronger so that when you are on the field or court those muscles will be stronger and help you run faster or jump higher.
We can do a similar thing with the eyes by blinking. When you blink you briefly shut off visual information from your brain for the period of time that your eyes are closed. You are making it more difficult to see, especially to see things or people that are moving while your eyes are closed.
This trains the brain to grab the information more quickly when your eyes are open. In a sense the brain is learning that it doesn't have 24/7 access to the visual information it needs to respond to the world around it and so it better pay attention to the information when it can see. The two following exercises are based on the ideas that came out of Nike when they created a pair of goggles that blink for you.
These goggles are used by professional athletes during practice to speed up reaction time. The frequency and length of time the shutters are closed and open are adjustable in a way that simply blinking can't be adjusted but blinking is the place to start for free.
One way to use this book is to learn one new exercise each day for a month.
Once you have learned all the exercises, you can pick and choose the ones that seem to work best for you and only do those exercises on a regular basis.
Another way to use this information is to learn three or four exercises and repeat those exercises each day for a week or a month and then move on to three or four new exercises.
Each exercise takes one to twenty minutes so you can also decide how much time you want to devote to developing your ability to see faster and respond more quickly.
Counting Consciously While Blinking
Try this. Start blinking your eyes as you look around. If you simply blink for a minute or so, your brain gets bored and doesn't pay attention so the key is what you pay attention to as you blink.
As you blink look around and ask yourself questions.
What do you see that is red?
What do you see that is square?
How many shoes can you count?
Counting sets up a rhythm. One, two, three ... How many stairs do you see? How many people?
By practicing this blinking while counting, you send a message to the brain about what is important.
How many players are there? How many of your opponents are there? What are the names of your teammates? How many teammates can you see?
This blinking exercise can also be done as you and the other players move around the field or court.
Spend a few minutes practicing this blinking. Many people report that the room or space seems brighter after blinking for a minute or so. This is because the eyes are taking in light more quickly and easily when you stop blinking.
Paying Attention to Shapes and Textures While Blinking
In this exercise the focus is on the shape of things while you are blinking. Start blinking your eyes as you look around. Notice all the things that are round or square. Notice all the things that are soft or fuzzy. Notice the texture difference between shoes and clothes. Notice the size difference between a baseball and a basketball.
Get a sense as you blink about how something would feel it you touched it.
Continue blinking and touch some of the items you have been paying attention to. Feel the ridges on a basketball, the seams on a soccer ball, the leather of a baseball, the pointy end of a football.
You are taking in information visually and also through your hands. This helps with seeing faster but also helps with hand-eye coordination.
—an excerpt from 30 Ways to See Faster & Play Stronger, A Month of Vision Strategies for Athletes and Successful People by Kimberly Burnham
What if Beautiful Green Poetry Could Affect Brain Health? New Poem on Poetry 24 The News is the Muse [Read Here]. http://www.poetry24.co.uk/2019/04/what-if-beautiful-green-poetry-could.html?m=0
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Kate Peterson was watching Bravo’s “Top Chef” when she found inspiration. That’s when she noticed the chefs on the show describing the things that sparked their culinary creativity. “The way they were talking about food was the same way I’ve heard people talk about writing,” she said. “I thought, ‘Wow, it’s all really the same, the way we’re inspired to do art, whether we’re visual artists or musicians or writers – or chefs.” Kate Peterson (From poem to plate: Get Lit’s newest addition pairs poetry with a 12-course meal) http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/apr/13/from-poem-to-plate-get-lits-newest-addition-pairs-/
1.1 Billion Years Old Neon Pink
A pretty pink earth
the color first made by a living thing
1.1 billion years old
belongs to a cyanobacteria
used in photosynthesis
chlorophyll may very well be green
pinkish pigments result from fossilized porphyrins
in atomic ring around a magnesium ion
to form a chlorophyll molecule
hidden till found a billion years later by scientists
grinding up marine shale
dug out from the Taoudeni Basin in Mauritania
this particular batch of bacteria
died all at once and sunk down to the seafloor
isolated from oxygen long enough to fossilize
preserved underground until 10 years ago
a mining company dug it up
pink held against the sunlight
a neon pink
A found poem based on Giaimo, Cara (July 10, 2018) Found: The First Color Made By a Living Thing It’s 1.1 billion years old, and it’s bright pink. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/first-color-pink-sahara
Royalty Followed by Pinkish Pink
In Dutch "roze" or "pink" is found between
"royalty" the same word in English
a payment made to a writer
a homonym only in English for Kings and Queens
that kind of royalty is "koningschap" in Dutch
next in a bilingual dictionary is "roze" pink
followed by pinkish "rozeachtig"
"Roze" is also pink in Albanian and Bosnian
but in Urdu "roze" or وزے means fasting
a very different word pink fasting
the pink of an empty stomach wall
- From the Upcoming book by Kimberly Burnham, 20 / 20 Seeing Color Around the World, a Daily Vision Health Program. More poetry, color research, and vision exercises at https://www.nervewhisperer.solutions/peace/category/color-vision
Published in over 100 books, Kimberly Burnham is a writer, poet, and complementary medicine practitioner. She authored, Awakenings: Peace Dictionary, Language and the Mind, a Daily Brain Health Program for people interested in improving their brain clarity, creativity and muscle movements. Her current project focuses on color words, the brain and vision health designed to assist people in seeing better. Kimberly's Ph.D. (Integrative Medicine) considered manual therapy techniques and health coaching for people with Parkinson's disease. She is an avid gardener and environmentalist, who bicycled 3000 miles across the U.S. in 2013.
Contact Kimberly at https://www.nervewhisperer.solutions/ or email her at NerveWhisperer@gmail.com
Nurture vs Nature: Color Vision in The Brain
A 2017 study looked at color vision and what constitutes a distinct color in infants and found that infants could parse or separate red, yellow, green, blue and purple. They cfound a biological basis for how we talk about colors and that it is not only culturally influenced.
Here is what researchers said about it. "The biological basis of the commonality in color lexicons across languages has been hotly debated for decades. Prior evidence that infants categorize color could provide support for the hypothesis that color categorization systems are not purely constructed by communication and culture. Here, we investigate the relationship between infants' categorization of color and the commonality across color lexicons, and the potential biological origin of infant color categories. We systematically mapped infants' categorical recognition memory for hue onto a stimulus array used previously to document the color lexicons of 110 nonindustrialized languages. Following familiarization to a given hue, infants' response to a novel hue indicated that their recognition memory parses the hue continuum into red, yellow, green, blue, and purple categories. Infants' categorical distinctions aligned with common distinctions in color lexicons and are organized around hues that are commonly central to lexical categories across languages. The boundaries between infants' categorical distinctions also aligned, relative to the adaptation point, with the cardinal axes that describe the early stages of color representation in retinogeniculate pathways, indicating that infant color categorization may be partly organized by biological mechanisms of color vision."
They concluded, "color categorization in language and thought is partially biologically constrained and have implications for broader debate on how biology, culture, and communication interact in human cognition."
Some have argued that how terms categorize the continuum of color and how color lexicons evolve is biologically constrained; others have argued that color terms and their categories are culturally and linguistically constructed. Cognitive scientists from a broad range of disciplines (e.g., linguistics, neuroscience, vision science, anthropology, developmental science) have been working for decades to understand how color terms and their categories form.
- Skelton, A. E., G. Catchpole, et al. (2017). "Biological origins of color categorization." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 114(21): 5545-5550.
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Awakenings: Peace Dictionary, Language and the Mind (A Daily Brain Health Program (2019) by Kimberly Burnham (Creating Calm Network Publishing Group) B07KDZGSJM eBook $4.99 paperback $14.95
Parkinson's Alternatives, Walk Better, Sleep Deeper and Move Consciously (2014) by Kimberly Burnham (Creating Calm Network Publishing Group).
Our Fractal Nature, A Journey of Self-Discovery and Connection, Psychology Meets Science. (2011) A Messenger Mini Book by Kimberly Burnham (The Nerve Whisperer Press, The Messengers of Change Program).
Balancing the Sleep-Wake Cycle: Sleep Better, Learn Faster, Contribute More, and Enjoy Life to Its Fullest. (2011 Kindle eBook) by Kimberly Burnham (The Nerve Whisperer Press).
Regain Your Balance: Ataxia Solutions from The Nerve Whisperer, Find Health and Healing in Six Complementary and Alternative Medicine Arenas (2012 Kindle eBook) by Kimberly Burnham (The Nerve Whisperer Press).
What is Your LinkedIn Story? 21 Questions to Ignite Your Mood and Memory, A LinkedIn Story (Kindle eBook Jan 19, 2014)
Academic Journal Articles
Academia.Edu (2005-Present) Journal Articles Health, Brain Function, Language and the Brain, Vision Health. [See all] https://akamaiuniversity.academia.edu/KimberlyBurnham
Research Gate (2005-Present) Health, Brain Function, Language and the Brain, Vision Health.
Google Scholar Profile (2015-Present) Health, Brain Function, Language and the Brain, Vision Health.
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The Meaning of "Nyens nyens" (in a peaceful, gentle manner), Nyens nyens (to be sedate, serene, to be sober, calm), Nyenstap (to be quiet, peaceful), "Nyenstap gaus-yis" (peaceful, happy, to be gentle, mild)., "No shi-shenh" (a time of rest or peace), Pyo (to be pleasant, agreeable, delectable, enjoyable;.happiness, peace, joy, bliss, to be happy, to be pleased), "Samlo" (to keep silence so as to insure luck as in hunting, quiet, repose, to enter and be imbedded, to be still, silent, quiet), "Samlo nyens nyens" (quietly, peacefully; be at peace) in Achang (acn), Ngochang - Achang, Ochang, Atsang, a Burmese-Lolo and Sino-Tibetan language of China (Yunnan Province. Dehong Prefecture, Lianghe and Longchuan counties).
Peace and Hunting Luck
In Ngochang or Achang spoken in Yunnan China
"samlo" means to keep silent
so as to insure luck in hunting
to enter and be imbedded
I imagine a hunter in camouflage hiding in a blind
quiet and still
not a gun but a camera ready to shoot
so all can go peacefully on their way
"Samlo nyens nyens" is quietly or peacefully
to be at peace
while "samsam" is still and quiet but also confidingly
and "tsingtsam" is also still and quiet.
"tsoek yah" and "nyens nyens" is to be quiet, still
and thus orderly
like a new world order where everyone
finds ways to be at peace
"Samlo yaus dah jeis"
is quiet, slowly as flowing water
as water flows across borders
shared or horded
polluted or clean
it flows from one place to another
filling the wells of all of us indiscriminately
[More Brain Health Exercises]
What are you hunting for that you need luck?
This list is constantly being updated. Language—"word" (peace)—Country. I am trying to make it as comprehensive and accurate as possible. Contact Kimberly Burnham with any questions, comments, corrections or additional words.
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