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The connection between mind and body is pretty generally accepted. We can agree that stress can cause headaches and stomachaches. We can even accept that not wanting to take on a new project might cause knee or hip problems. What may be something you haven’t considered is the effect the body can have on our minds. In our school, we have a rule “Smile – it makes your body think it’s happy.” You may not believe this – until you try it.

With our little children, we have known for some time that vigorous physical activity, especially climbing, helps with math skills. Then we discovered Dr. Ginny Whitlaw, formerly a senior manager at NASA, who has codified ways of moving to balance learning and interacting styles in her book Moving to Greatness. We’ve all had the experience of knowing a great party guy who couldn’t get his act organized enough to keep a career going, or the dreamy idea person who moved from project to project without finishing much of anything. Our children have the same challenges. What Dr. Whitlaw has put together is activities and exercises that strengthen characteristics that are not our home, or basic, style. By enhancing less inherent aspects of our personalities, we can be more balanced in all our capabilities.

In Dr. Whitlaw’s book, she documents the efficacy of her program, which is aimed at helping leaders get past the buts of their styles, as in “Susan is great with the detail, but she doesn’t get the big picture.” We’ve all seen these buts, or even experienced them in our daily activities. With our children, we’re well aware of the child who hurtles through life, one we diplomatically call “active” or even “aggressive”. We also know the child too timid to speak up about her ideas, maybe even too timid to define them. Dr. Whitlaw maps four energies we can access to provide balance and wholeness in our lives. If our children are taught these techniques at this preschool level, they’ll think everyone knows how to access fun or to live in an organized way or to drive to achieve goals or even have the ability to vision goals.

Albert Einstein observed that nothing happens until something moves. Since our movements happen in patterns described by Dr. Whitelaw, her four essential energies are manifest in all that we do and create in the world around us. When we move in the patterns described by Dr. Whitelaw, we literally change the way our brains process and our emotions react to life. For example, if we reject our driver voice because it reminds us of a bullying parent, we never find the true driver in us who could help us reach life goals. Moreover, if our inner team isn’t getting along, much of our energy is drained by inner conflict and all the ways it permeates our relationships with others. Finding our own authentic expression of these patterns is making deep peace with ourselves. Whole and balanced, you become the person others naturally want to be with. Reclaiming your ease and agility in any of the patterns and being able to act with freedom in the moment, not because of compulsions from the past. Ultimately, the greatness you move to is the wholeness of who you are. This is what we want for our children. They will learn best if you know how to do this, too.