By Nicholas Hooper

Funny how we always think of the brain being in charge of the body when it can become so evident that the gut has such a dramatic effect on the brain. An obvious example of this is the effect of alcohol or any drug influencing on how we experience, think and behave. But gut goes deeper than that. ‘You are what you eat’ may sound trite but from a brain point of view it is often immediate. Food taken into the gut can have an almost instant effect on behaviour as with sugar high-lows or the cure of some protein. I have a feeling that we have always known this but have forgotten it in our urgent, overcrowded lives, and in our over-influenced society where adverts and algorithms can so easily take over from our gut instinct.

Think gut,

feel brain,

back and forth

and back again.

Think what you watch

feel what you eat

and be wise

to what the direction

of travel is!



About Dawnings:
“Every morning at around 5am I get up and go down to my studio. After a short meditation I write down whatever is in my head, giving myself fifteen minutes to do so. Then moving over to the piano (or a more portable instrument like my Ukulele when I'm away), I improvise and record a piece of music inspired by whatever words I just wrote. It is a great way of keeping both my writing and my composing going and I call these small creations Dawnings. They are mostly unedited, like sketches, so that they keep that fresh feeling of an early morning discovery.”

— Nick Hooper