Winding down the red!
A part of brain plasticity is our capacity to continue to grow new neurons (neurogenesis) and new synapses (synaptogenesis) throughout life. As we have mentioned before, this occurs most strongly when we are practicing our strengths, developing them further.
However, neurogenesis also occurs when we walk.
People often ask: is the red brain useful at all?
My response is that it is not useful as the blue brain has access to all the brain’s resources such that self-limiting simply reduces our capability to act effectively in the world.
One of the benefits of pursuing vertical development is that gradually our minds become still as fewer and fewer things need to be held at bay to maintain our world view.
A quiet mind means that we have few if any anxieties about the future and few if any concerns about the past.
I have been immersing myself in the research around vertical (or ego or consciousness) development. This describes how we continue to grow through adulthood deepening and broadening our grasp on reality and reducing the number of things that “don’t fit” – and therefore the amount of energy we must expend to maintain our world view in the face of these discrepant thoughts.