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Body Automation & Human Response

By Justin Simmons - Jun 27, 2023

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A simple sneeze is an example of our body’s response to countless conditions which we may encounter each day. Even prior to birth, the human body begins to exert involuntary physical reactions due to conditions in our environment. For example, hiccups are often felt in utero as a baby's attempt to take breaths which then cause them to inhale amniotic fluid in their lungs. The result is tiny contractions of the diaphragm, known as 'hiccups'.

Today we will take a moment to acknowledge and highlight the importance of our automated actions and the human response we have to the environments all around us. Focusing our attention on tasks beyond standard practices affords us the ability to chase endless opportunities. In short, our body handles the basics so we can seek happiness.

The term ‘automation’ refers to technology where manual intervention is minimized. Many types of automation applications have been developed in an effort to support us in our daily routines. Taking machinery for example, we now have the ability to monitor and operate systems and equipment based on sensors, input data, and measurement parameters. Automation occurs in the human body as well. We don't typically think about our body's involuntary responses, but each one of us is born with a central nervous system that automatically reacts to stimuli from our surroundings.

The nervous system controls our bodily systems and processes such as breathing, digestion, and even hormonal changes (puberty). An automated command center that keeps us in balance while also evolving, and of course it all begins in the brain. More sophisticated than any IT network infrastructure, the brain sends electrical messages along the spinal cord, out through nerve fibers that connect nerve cells (neurons) all throughout the body. Neurons help to transmit and receive signals, similar to how modern mechanical and electrical systems will pass data to operate. This is no surprise naturally, standard bodily functions don’t exactly excite us, but they do sustain us. Such sustainability within ourselves is essential to our well-being. It's through this amazing orchestration and power of our brain, which allows us the ability to seek more out of life.

Let’s start by addressing the basics of human life: a strong heartbeat, fully oxygenated lungs, and a functioning digestive system are all necessary to ensure we stay alive, healthy, and energetic. Our bodies' systems are built not only to help us survive but to excel in any area we focus our attention on.

Adversely, we can’t expect the body to perform any better than any other piece of machinery. Our bodies require proper maintenance and key supports (sleep, nutrition, exercise, oxygen, etc.) for optimal functioning, but even with that, our bodies can perform poorly. This is very important to recognize; our automated systems will at times require our manual support. We must be self-aware and know when we’re running less than optimally, so we can assess our needs and seek assistance. Like any good service plan, preventative maintenance pays dividends.

The beauty in this is that we’re all capable of self-assessing. Our natural instincts provide key indicators when things are out of balance. Once able to identify the signs, we can apply techniques to get ourselves back on track. Breathing techniques for example would be effective if becoming nervous or anxious. It may be recommended to try the 4/7/8 breathing rule: breath in for (4) seconds, hold for (7) seconds, and exhale for (8) seconds. Doing this 3-5 times will allow you to reset your breathing rhythm and help calm your mind. Focusing on things we can control while breaking a current thought pattern is one step in alleviating anxiety.

That is only one example of how we can train ourselves to respond manually when our automated systems need support. There are many instances and practices to explore in relation to Self-Health and I’m hopeful you’ll consider learning more through 

T.E.A.M. Mentality and other viable resources.

Understanding we all operate at different levels of baseline performance, the most important thing to learn about yourself is your ‘normal’. We all want our bodies (and their systems) to run smoothly. When they do, our potential to take on the day and make smart decisions based on what we need (or even what we want) is maximized. Remember: our minds and bodies have the basics covered so that we’re free to focus on bigger goals! 

It is critical to recognize all the amazing attributes we have going for us every day, just because we’re human. Take a moment today to appreciate who you are and consider what you want out of life. Our bodies and minds were designed to succeed, which is why we owe it to ourselves to chase our dreams. An able mind allows us to start strong, but we must be willing to put in the effort required to accomplish our goals. Are you ready to discover the power of your mindset?

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