Heal Your Mind: Rewiring Your Brain: Applying the Exciting New Science of Brain Synchrony for Creativity, Peace and Presence
by Patt Lind-Kyle
– A book like Heal Your Mind: Rewire Your Brain must surely have a personal story behind it. What inspired you to write it?
-What’s wrong with our minds? Why do we need to heal them?
When a person heals her mind, how might her life change? Can you offer a few hypothetical examples (or even better, a few real ones)?
-There seems to be a lot of science behind the theory of the mind. You mention the four types of brain waves throughout your book.
-What are these brain waves, exactly?
-Why is it important for readers to know about them?
What about the “opposite” of science: spirituality? What are the spiritual implications of your work?
-You assert that the old adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” just isn’t true! Can your brain’s “wiring” really be changed? If so, why did the “old dog” cliché come about in the first place?
-In your book, you talk about the importance of knowing your personality type, and you specifically utilize a classification system called the Enneagram. Why is so important that you know your personality type when you’re trying to rewire your brain?
-Meditation seems to be a big part of the mind-healing process, and you describe a lot of meditative exercises in your book.
-What do you mean, exactly, by “meditation?”
-What are its benefits?
-Can anyone meditate?
-A lot of us feel like the wheels in our brains never stop turning. There are a million things we’re thinking about at once!
-How can people learn to really focus their thoughts?
-What are the benefits of doing so?
-Recently, Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan suggested that the Department of Health and Human Services should increase research, education, and programming relating to mindfulness and meditation. Congressman Ryan pointed out that mindfulness is a very inexpensive way to reduce stress, alleviate chronic pain, and even increase children’s attention spans.
-What is your reaction?
-Do you think that meditation techniques are starting to make their way into the mainstream?
-What do you think would happen if every member of Congress spent one hour a day in meditation?
How would the world change if everyone followed the healing path laid out in your book? Would war-like behavior cease (or at least be greatly reduced)? Would political and socio-economic systems be revamped?
-A lot of people would like to be more relaxed and purposeful at work, but during the day there just isn’t time to stop and heavily meditate. Is there an exercise that people can do at their desks to regain focus if they only have a few minutes to spare?
-These days, adults aren’t the only ones who feel stressed and overburdened. Kids do, too!
-How can parents teach their children to develop good mental habits?
-What are some common childhood issues that can be alleviated through mindfulness training or meditation?
-As kids start back to school, how can they use your techniques to improve their focus and maintain a healthy school-life balance?
-You point out that at age 14, Tiger Woods started working with a psychologist who gave him techniques for relaxation, visualization, and focus.
-How did this help him?
-Do you have any advice that would help the more “casual” athlete improve his or her mental game?
-A lot of people roll their eyes when someone tells them to stop and smell the roses. Who has time for that? What’s the point? However, you write that there’s actually something to that trite old saying!
-What are the negative effects of not being mindful of our physical surroundings?
-How can people be more aware of their sensations? How does that help?
-At one point in your book, you mention that some people can’t become calm without the help of alcohol or other drugs—and the reason is that they have lost awareness of what they’re seeing, feeling, smelling, etc. Really? How can this be helped?
-Getting in touch with your emotions seems to be a prevalent cultural message.
-What’s your opinion?
-Do our emotions help us or harm us?
Please talk for a moment about happiness. What is happiness? Does healing your mind lead to happiness? Why or why not?
-Can meditation be used to treat serious conditions like mental illness or post-traumatic stress disorder?
– Millions of people now take anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs and other prescribed mood-altering substances. Can you comment on this trend? Do you think some people truly need these medications….or could they all be helped by the techniques in your book?
-Do you offer classes?
-How can people find your books?