Slow Attending: The Art of Forming Intimacy
I n this article I present the argument that the human organism is attracted to the future and is therefore an anticipatory system. I also show that the act of attending is a motor activity whether it is voluntary or involuntary, and that motor activity generates sensation and is the foundation of awareness. Voluntary muscular effort done in a deliberate slow measured style not only generates sensation it widens the field of synaptic connections. Voluntary effort anticipates motor and sensory
... motor and sensory responses. Needs, desires, emotions and cognitive acts are motor acts that have specific intention and anticipation for connection because they are part of a system of being received and responded to. Voluntary muscular cortical effort supports this anticipatory connection and also influences its intention. Intensity and duration are essential for differentiating an act and its intention. In my Formative framework the fast response and the slow response are interacting. I also argue that the Glia network interacts with the neuronal system and is a regulatory function since it both regulates metabolism and conducts information. While the neuronal system is a fast response system of focused anticipated intentions and flash memory, the glial system is a slower response organization that supports voluntary muscular effort and also regulates the neuronal excitatory pattern through its layers of myelin helping to create long term memory. These two patterns, the fast and the slow, grow the cortex and our inherited instinctual and social patterns of behavior and experiencing. The slow measured deliberate style is an important aspect of the Formative process for it not only alters neuronal responses and supports voluntary effort but it also generates a wider field of connections, differentiations and long term memories. Slow motoric acts influence inherited behavior and reorganize aspects of inherited behavior to form a personal motoric self-regulating, self-forming entity which becomes our identity and is the foundation of a somatic formative awareness which generates satisfaction and a kinder life.