Metacognition: Thinking About How We Think

Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.
–Leonardo da Vinci

Metacognition is a way of thinking taught to teachers in training as a way to understand ourselves and the world around us, and to help students learn. It is a process of reflection—thinking about why we think about something in a certain way, in order to produce a change in our thought process in the brain. It is through this process that we can break away from old habits and thinking, and synthesize new thinking.

One of the first mistakes made is underestimating the power of our own creation ability. Imagine creating the product yourself instead of running to the store to find one. If it’s synthetic, it’s most likely not good for your skin. Even if it’s not exactly hurting you, are you really getting the most value and benefit from it? Foreign substances produce inflammation: the body’s response to dealing with that foreign substance. It’s an alert by the body that says there is something wrong here and we need to get rid of it.
Therefore, when you think about these problems that manifest themselves outwardly, it’s the intelligence of your own body to keep you healthy. What happens though, if you don’t correct the problem, you will always be in this inflammation state—not exactly bliss here. 

How do you determine which products and foods you buy? Do you plan ahead of time? Are you an impulse shopper? Do you follow the crowd? Do you take interest in examining the products you buy? Do you like to save time and prefer things that are easy? Do you buy the cheapest products? Do you buy the expensive ones? Do you feel that makes a difference? Examining these things is meta-cognition because you are looking at the factors that run the cycle of things in your life.

Start asking questions like these to yourself to help you make more positive changes.

This article is from OYESPARK, an exclusive magazine from OYESPA.

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