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The weird and wonderful might be gr8 for you!

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The weird and wonderful might be gr8 for you!
Yesterday, after cooking rice for a bird food project, the spatula was left on the counter. When I picked it up to wash it, a lacy film fell off. With some slight nudging, it became a heart. Sort of a weird and wonderful coincidence for a photo for today’s article.
So, happy Valentine’s Day to all my weird and wonderful friends (because if you are truly being you, then chances are, you’re a bit weird. 😊).
And speaking of weird and wonderful, while half-listening to a talk last month, my ears perked up when the words ‘crossing the midline’ and ‘dyslexia’ were unexpectedly mentioned.
The Action Ideas below can be used on yourself or on another. It can be discreetly and quickly completed or expanded in time and size.
Sounds gr8, doesn’t it!

It took me years to realize that 'normal' is actually super boring and that being myself was harder but infinitely more rewarding.
~Franchesca Ramsey
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
~Marilyn Monroe

A couple of extra quotes as a Valentine’s Day gift to you. And because I 💖 quotes:

If you're you, it doesn't matter if you're the most boring person in the world: someone will like you. You're not trying to be anyone else.
~Lil Uzi Vert
I think every person has their own identity and beauty. Everyone being different is what is really beautiful. If we were all the same, it would be boring.
~Tila Tequila

Action Ideas
Today’s topic is about crossing the midline by using figure 8s.

So many of us have heard of the importance of crossing the midline but do you know what happens in the brain when the midline is crossed? Of the reading I did to prepare to write this, I never got a clear picture of what’s happening in the brain but something I heard once popped to mind.
The left side of the body is controlled by the right side of the brain, and vice versa. When crossing the midline, there is a shift in brain activity to the other side of the brain. This shift involves the corpus collosum, the communication fibers between the hemispheres.

Whether it’s moving your eyes, your arms, your legs, or tracking movement, such has when someone else is doing horizontal figure 8s on your back, it all increases this communication.
The talk I mentioned in the intro where I unexpectedly heard ‘crossing the midline’ and ‘dyslexia’ was about supporting eye health, both to relax and strengthen the eyes.
1. Two of the exercises involved the number 8 or the infinity sign. One was to draw a sideways 8 around the eyes, crossing at the bridge of the nose. It should be done in both directions and taking turns, involving both hands. In other words, one hand would do the full 8 going one direction, then the other hand would do the full 8 going in the opposite direction. Over time, each hand should do both directions.
2. Another eye exercise is to create figure 8s using your eyes only – no head movement. This is harder than it sounds and there may be a need to follow something, such as a hand creating large figure 8s. In this case, in addition to a sideways 8, you could also add a vertical 8 and two corner-to-corner 8s (upper left to lower right; upper right to lower left). If you need to use your own hand for the tracking, that’s excellent, because then both the eyes and hand are crossing the midline. As before, the 8s should be tracked in both directions.
3. The fact that doing figure 8s with your eyes is easy to do and can be unobtrusive, makes it a g8 tool to have, especially since some people find it calming. More about this next week.
4. Want to know what else is calming? Our weighted blankets! The 10 lb seems to be a fave for many. Check it out.

Next week, we’ll continue with this topic, with more weird and woo-woo ways of crossing the midline.
Have a gr8 Valentine’s Day and a gr8 week!

Providing calmness & comfort, learning & laughter,
InnovAID Inc.

P.S. Are you curious about the meaning behind the number 8? It turned out to be a good fit for today’s topic – improving the communication between the brain’s two hemispheres. Its meaning, to put it simply, is about balance. How weirdly and wonderfully appropriate!
P.P.S. Personal question – nothing to do with 8s or the midline. I’m searching for some inexpensive, unique, non-sugar Valentine giftsDo you have any ideas?

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