Today was a typical family day for me. It started with church this morning. You can normally find at least one member of my family at every service. Guess we are involved. It has been like that for as long as I can remember. Sunday mornings are reserved for a time of gathering with our church family and growing together in faith.
We grabbed a quick lunch and off to the science center. Growing up with very involved parents, we frequently visited places like the Science Center. I think it also helped having a Dad who was a science teacher. The whole reason we were going today was to see the National Parks movie that was playing at the Omnimax theater there. More on that in a bit.
The funnest thing of the day was one of the exhibits. We had a little time before the movie started so we went into the human body area. Being a nurse I thought that would be a fun place to see. There was a table setup that two people sat at and you strapped a band to your head and it tested who was more relaxed by reading the alpha and theta brainwaves. The goal was to be more relaxed than your partner and get the little ball into their end zone. Of course Dad and I had to give it a try. All these little kids were giving it a go so I knew it couldn’t be that hard. As I was in line I could feel my anxiety increasing. I sighed and said “I’m getting all worked up over something that tests my relaxation.” Everyone waiting laughed. Our turn. We sat down and off we went.
I was doing everything in my power to not let my Dad win but I somehow couldn’t relax. The ball starts in the middle and very quickly ended up in my end zone. Dad won by a long shot! There was not even a sign of me trying to come back. Game over. I wasn’t going to let this happen. As we got back in line I questioned Dad frantically. “How did you do that? Were you looking at the ball? What was going through your head? How can I do what you did? ” Calmly he said that he was using a form of meditation mantra he had used in a class he had taken. Apparently it worked really really well.
Round two. I sit down. I clear my mind. I closed my eyes……
Low and behold I won!!! I was shocked. Of course Dad tells me that he didn’t do the same thing as before so he wants a rematch.
It was a battle this time. I could hear people commenting on how we were at a stand still for a while and how the ball wasn’t moving. In the end, my laughter and listening to the people talking got the best of me. Another win for Dad. Maybe next time Dad, maybe next time.
Now for the reason that we came to the Science Center. The movie! Watch the trailer below.
I could go on and on about this movie and National Parks but for this post, I am going to leave you with just this. The next post will be more in depth. So, be on the lookout for another entry soon!
As for now, practice being calm and getting those alpha and theta brainwaves to a low state!