Monday, January 21, 2013

Rescuing the Atrophied Mind

Recreation, Health, & Fitness

Our mental health is just as important as our physical and emotional health. I wonder whether with all the distractions we face in our modern world whether our minds are not becoming atrophied from lack of use. As I have indicated elsewhere, we are more recipients of things rather than initiators or creators of things. We are mere spectators in a modern world that is constantly bombarding us with images, sounds, words, etc. We have become like robots, responding to that which others are giving us or doing to us, and have been relegated to being mere point-and-clickers or screen-touchers. And all the while our minds are getting less and less robust. Thinking has become outmoded, antiquated, almost obsolete. But it is not too late to brush of the cobweb from our faculties of thought. There are lots that we can do to begin to get our minds in shape. One activity is Chess. I would like to recommend it as a pastime. It is not violent; you do not have to kill anyone as in most of our video games today, and, you can play it alone. In the past it required a chess board. However, with the advent of smartphones, you can now have the game at your fingertips. There are lots of free chess Apps available for downloading. You can play while you are on your way to work, while waiting in line, while at home, or in any place. Chess is fairly easy to learn and can provide your mind with the workout that it so desperately needs. Download a free Chess App and go check out one of the hundreds of websites that will guide you on how to play.

[Photograph Art by Ric Couchman]