Portrait of a Young Pupil in a Classroom Focused on DrawingIt is empowering to know that your life can be transformed according to how you focus your mind. It benefits you to be aware of the information you expose your mind to on a daily basis.

Neuroscientist Alvaro Pascual-Leone conducted experiments demonstrating that whether you physically experience an activity or visualize it in your mind, the same neural activity is stimulated in your brain. Your brain will process the information the same way.

This crucial information indicates that the focus of your mental attention directly activates and impacts your brain's circuitry and tissue growth. Your mental activity sculpts your brain, which controls your biological and emotional functions.

This information is especially helpful with regard to children. In the early years, a child’s brainwaves are far more receptive to information than the brainwaves we experience as adults. As a result, a child’s mind is like an absorbent sponge, so the messages they receive in the formative stages of life leave a powerful imprint on their subconscious mind.

"Good Boy" - Chi Art Painting by Chi-Jen Liu

"Good Boy"

When you understand that the brain is sculpted by actions practiced either physically or mentally, and combine it with the ultra-receptive nature of a child’s mind, the implications of excessive hours playing video games or watching television are revealed.

Children play in a realm between fantasy and reality and cannot always separate the two. They become immersed in their imaginations, becoming the characters in the digital world and perceiving virtual reality experiences as real. They are not able to separate themselves from the wins, losses, or violence they exert in a game environment. A child’s mind processes this information as real and they feel the intensity as real emotions. Biologically, adrenaline and stress hormones are released into their bodies, their brain’s tissue and circuitry are altered, and the aggressions are imprinted in their mind.

With the fast pace of TV shows and the overload of information from the internet and multimedia devices, our children may have access to more information, however, studies reveal that information overload reinforces shorter attention spans linked to ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). Today’s children often lack the ability to think deeply and critically regarding the information they have received. It is not surprising to witness a growing number of children suffering from hyperactivity, dishonesty, aggression, nightmares, insecurities, bad habits, or disruptive behavior.

The featured Chi Art, "Child of Good Behavior," contains a charm diagram that sends a trio of positive soothing messages to children and helps them learn healthier habits. In the painting, a child is depicted peacefully observing an aquarium - a simple form of entertainment that connects with nature.

When your child looks upon the child in the painting peacefully observing the aquarium, they mentally join in and peer into the aquarium as well, becoming like that peaceful child. The combination of fish surrounding a pagoda is a symbol that nurtures morale, promotes a thoughtful mind, and supports behavior in sync with nature.

The pagoda, a symbol of high intelligence, enhances the child’s ambition for scholastic achievements. Two mental thoughts float above the child: on the left, a figure balanced on a book represents diligence in studies and a calm mind; on the right, a figure practicing sports and exercise demonstrates how to make the most of spare time by improving physical health.

Hanging positive visuals in your child's room provides imagery that helps them balance out the intensity of the technological world with the harmony of the natural world by allowing them to mentally practice the encoded messages and imprint their brain with calm and self-esteem.

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