Fall is just about over, the summer went by just as fast as it usually does and winter is just about in full swing. Now there’s a crispness in the air, the wind has blown the leaves off the trees – I can see through the forest now when I walk my rural road. Shoes replaced flip-flops and soon they’ll be replaced with boots. No more hooded sweatshirts, jackets with scarves and even mittens are part of everyday life now. Kids are back at school and routines begin again, first the school pictures, no the holiday concerts. I can tell seasons are changing because I’m getting more phone calls for appointments now.
The change of seasons bring about a new round of thoughts, feelings behaviors that often spark some strong emotions. We are sensory people. We started life as an infant with our sense of smell at its strongest. Smelling for our mother’s milk to feed us, her skin to keep us warm and comforted were essential to our survival. Our sense of smell continues to be our strongest sense; the olfactory nerve is directly connected to the hippocampus in our brain (our brain’s memory storage center). That’s why the smell of baking bread, or a loved one’s perfume, leaves burning in the fall, all bring up memories, good or bad and the emotions connected to them. Our hippocampus is part of our emotional brain.
We have three parts to our brain, our survival brain keeps our heart pumping, lungs breathing, supplies our blood with oxygen to give us energy to live. We’re born with this part of our brain most active in our daily lives. Then we develop our emotional brain which contains all our feelings, fear, sadness, love and our memories, this might explain why we don’t have many memories to recall before the age of 3 or 4, our hippocampus wasn’t quite developed. Finally, growing and developing well into our twenties, is our cognitive brain. The part of our brain that thinks, speaks language, makes decisions.
Understanding how our brain works and how it effects the experiences in our lives is a real curious subject for me to explore (and you will too if you keep reading my blog). I find it fascinating and helpful to understand human behavior so much more when we understand how our brains grow, work and understand our life.