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Yes you CAN teach your brain new tricks!

Yes you CAN teach your brain new tricks!

Retraining Your Inner “Old Dog”: Yes, You Can Change Your Life…But First You Must-Literally-Change Your Mind.
Most of us believe that there are aspects of ourselves and the way we fit into the world that can’t be changed, whether we like it or not. But what if that’s not the case after all? Author Patt Lind-Kyle promises that you can change your life (and literally rewire your brain!) through a method that has been around for millennia: meditation.

If you’re like most people, you’re dissatisfied with some area of your life. Perhaps you’re stuck in a dead-end job or an unfulfilling relationship. Maybe you’re deep in debt from compulsive spending, or you abuse substances, or you habitually overeat. Or it could be that you just feel unhappy in general: anxious, stressed, depressed, or chronically angry. But no matter how fervently you vow to stop your unhealthy behaviors or change your attitude, you find yourself backsliding-eating another doughnut, sneaking another cigarette, or dwelling on the painful memories that make you miserable.

Maybe life has to be this way, you find yourself thinking. Maybe unhappiness is just a big part of the human condition. Maybe the best we can hope for is to distract ourselves from time to time and just try to endure. Sure it’s a bleak outlook, but isn’t it also a realistic one?

“Absolutely not,” asserts Patt Lind-Kyle, author of Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain: Applying the Exciting New Science of Brain Synchrony for Creativity, Peace and Presence (Energy Psychology Press, 2009, ISBN: 1604150564) and mind training guide whose voice appears on the book’s companion CDs. “It is possible to change your life in any way you want to change it. But first you have to understand what’s at the root of your problems: your mind and the way it directs your brain to function-basically, where you place your attention.”

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Audio: Interview with Gabriella Kortsch

Gabriella KortschIn this interview with Gabriella Kortsch of BlogTalk Radio, Patt and Peggy Rubin,  discuss Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain and training ourselves in order to re-pattern behavior and hence change the way our brain is wired. This positively impacts on suffering and stress, sharpens mental abilities, and corrects cognitive imbalances.  Listen to Gabriella Kortsch’s interview with Patt.

What is left when we overcome our negative thoughts?

In this hour-long interview with Tazz and Paula of Embracing Mother Earth on Blog Talk Radio, Patt discusses:

Can we remove the automatic negative thoughts from the brain (overcoming the default system)?

What is Patt’s personal story behind her book, Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain?

What led Patt to do her 18 months of research to write this book?

Did Patt’s negative thoughts go away during her meditation retreat?

What is left when we overcome our negative thoughts?

How was it for Patt to come back to “normal” reality after her retreat?

What brainwave state is best for decision-making?

How did Patt choose to study at the California Institute of Integral Studies?

How does meditation affect the immune and endocrine systems?

Can feeling gratitude, empathy and love change one’s brainwaves?

What programs are available for teenagers?

What are some practical exercises someone can do to bring on the calm, alpha state?

Are there some states of meditation that are deeper than others?

Where does Patt offer workshops to teach this work?

What are the spiritual implications of this work?

Can we take the effects of this work with us when we die?

What brainwave state are we working in when we rewire the brain?

How do the companion CD’s assist with the rewiring of the brain?

What is the “Face it, Embrace it, Erase it” process and what techniques are involved?

How does brain rewiring actually work?

What if someone is not aware of the issue that is causing problems?

What role does past conditioning play in rewiring the brain?

What is the best time of day to learn?

Is it possible to stop using stress for energy?

Audio: Law of Attraction Radio

Law of Attraction Radio with JewelsIn this interview with Jewels on Law of Attraction Talk Radio about Heal Your Mind Rewire your Brain, (click arrow to start) Patt discusses the following:

  • What has been Patt’s intention behind publishing the book Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain?
  • Why is happiness so important?
  • Why is important to be aware of our automatic thoughts?
  • What are the physical parts of the brain and how do they operate with the mind?
  • What is neuroplasticity? Can the way I think really change my brain?
  • How does meditation evolve the mind and the brain?
  • How did the Dalai Lama become free of negative feelings?
  • How do the Companion CD’s that come with the book help listeners rewire their brains, relieve suffering and change their lives?
  • What are the brain wave states?

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Kripalu Retreat and Renewal Center

Patt’s major East Coast workshop this year is at the Kripalu Retreat and Renewal Center in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

March 27–30, 2011

Sunday–Wednesday

3 nights

Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain: Harnessing the Power of Neuroplasticity

It will be a highly experiential four-day workshop where you will be empowered to learn to manage stress and break the mental patterns that keep you trapped in habitual and unproductive attitudes, thoughts, and behaviors.

New research shows that the brain is amazingly adaptable, constantly rewiring itself in response to events. By learning to consciously access each of the four brainwave frequencies, you can free yourself from the self-destructive patterns that keep you from leading a successful and creative life.

In this workshop, Patt Lind-Kyle will guide you through exercises that will enable you to work in a constant state of flow.

You will learn:

  • How the brain becomes stuck in negative feedback loops and how it can change and evolve
  • To identify sources of stress and unhappiness
  • Meditation and mindfulness techniques that rewire the brain by focusing on and strengthening each of the four brainwaves.

You will return home with the tools you need to literally reprogram your neural networks for a life that is more peaceful, innovative, and positive.

Recommended reading: Patt Lind-Kyle, Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain (Energy Psychology Press) and practice with the companion CDs.

Patt Lind-Kyle, MA, is an author, teacher, therapist, speaker, trainer, and consultant. Her research, writing, and teaching centers on using an EEG brainwave monitoring system to help people maximize their brain-mind potentials. Her recent book, Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain won the Independent Publishers gold medal award in the Health/Wellness category. She also received the first place award in the USA Book News Best Books 2010 Award in the Psychology/Mental Health category. Patt has written a chapter in Audacious Aging, and she is also the author of When Sleeping Beauty Wakes Up.

Please go to the Kripalu site for more information and to sign up for the workshop:

http://www.kripalu.org/presenter/V0006380/patt_lind_kyle

Video: Finding Home Base (from the 2010 ISNR Conference)

In this video from her presentation at the 2010 International Society for Neurofeedback and Research Conference, Patt tells the story of how she got started with meditation and how she became inspired to share her experience of “finding home base” with her family, friends, clients and readers.

After Patt’s first 6-month meditation retreat, she asked herself “If I can experience this incredible, incredible state of happiness, and it can ride through me all the time – I don’t need to find it out there, it’s here, there’s no doubt it comes from here – how can I teach this to other people?”

She also talks about The Brain Mirror as an important feedback tool that she used to observe her own neuronal patterns during states of happiness and anxiety.

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Video: The Enneagram: Discovering what you are NOT

In this final segment of Patt Lind Kyle’s interview with Dr. Emmett Miller of Healing Times Radio, Patt talks about The Enneagram as a tool to discover what you are not.

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Video: “You are not separate” – Segment 7 of Patt Lind-Kyle’s interview with Emmett Miller, MD

In this video, Patt Lind-Kyle describes her experience of the Theta brainwave state during Segment 7 of her interview with Emmett Miller, MD on Healing Times Radio.  She talks about an experience of oneness and a knowing that we are not separate from each other while experiencing the Theta brainwave state.

The Sequoia Retreat Center: SF Bay Area

Announcing, Patt Lind-Kyle will be conducting a Northern California residential workshop in the San Francisco Bay Area with Special After-Workshop Offer from October 22-24, 2010.

The workshop will be held at the Sequoia Retreat Center in Ben Lomond (10 miles north of Santa Cruz, CA) and will begin Friday, October 22nd at  6:00pm, concluding Sunday, October 24th at 12:00pm.

Those who attend this workshop will also have a special opportunity to participate in a 3-month continuing project working one-on-one with Patt employing the rewiring techniques outlined in her award-winning book, Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain.

 

Is stress an addiction of the brain?

Is stress an addiction of the brain? by Patt Lind-Kyle, MA

Lately, I have become fascinated with the notion that stress is a habit. Stress is addictive as we become dependent on it and we feel lost when it goes away. We find some quiet and peace in our lives and then quickly turn on a violent movie, talk on the phone, text or email someone or watch the news or feel pressured in some demanding circumstance. Do we like stress that much? Is our intention to have more mental or emotional strain? Buddha calls this addiction suffering and we call it stress. He also said, “What I teach is that there is suffering and there is an end to suffering.”

To really know how to end this addiction to stress is impossible if we hold tight to the physical and emotional tension and pain without even realizing it. More importantly we do not know how to identify stress in order to reduce or change our sources of the stress. Thus, our stressful reactions in our brain–mind, and body can create a negative loop that keeps repeating itself. There are two ways the brain responds to our reactions. One is via the nervous system (electrical system) and two is via the endocrine system (our chemical system). Every reaction such as a thought, emotion, perception and sensation are all run by this electro-chemical system.

As we wear our habits like gloves they are what and who we are and they become our electro-chemical addiction. We have an arsenal of neuro-chemicals in our brain and body such as dopamine, acetylcholine, GABA, and serotonin. These chemicals in the neuronal pathways have been reinforced by our repetitive behavior, which keeps us “addicted” to the same habitual pattern. For example, Peter has a regular routine, which reinforces his sense of orderliness. He gets up meditates, makes his coffee, reads the paper, has his exercise routine, showers etc. This pattern of chemical and electrical impulses gives Peter great comfort and familiarity. This pleasurable situation of routine triggers Peter’s brain to produce the chemical neurotransmitter dopamine that activates the brain’s reward center of pleasure.

One summer Peter’s sister stayed with him for a month. She and her family took over the house with her kids toys spread everywhere and with new activities, making the baby’s food and lots of screams and chatter. What happened to Peter’s brain electro-chemical system when the sense of his order is “messed up?” At first Peter’s reaction to the change triggered the brain to release emergency chemicals to prepare for the defense of his orderly system. The evolutionary flight and fight chemical of cortisol and adrenaline quickly flowed into his blood stream triggering the emotional responses of fear, anger and anxiety. These addictive substances kept him locked into automatic emotional behaviors. These behaviors kept him asleep to what was actually happening to him.

Fortunately, Peter woke up in time. He was present to and aware of what was going on inside of himself. He knew he had to make a more healthy choice of responses and chose to break the stressful addictive automatic pattern. Peter had practiced self-reflection through daily meditation and the use of his EFT training to break the negative pattern of automatic thoughts. Both of these practices relax the mind-brain, and body which in turn switches off the cortisol/adrenaline response. When Peter entered into the relaxation of these practices dopamine was released and the brain produced an inner feeling of well being.

Our brain is begging us for a chance to recover from our addiction to stress. Training our mind is a way to release our automatic repeating stress patterns. The practice of mind training and Emotional Freedom Technique (http://www.eftuniverse.com/) is a major contributor to the brain’s evolutionary process. It is a way to shift our inner world from conflicted addiction devastation within ourselves to compassion for our self and others.

Patt Lind-Kyle holds an MA in East/West Psychology and a BS in Biological Sciences. She is a therapist, consultant and author. She is also a co-founder of Lind & Kyle Consultants, an executive development company that applies neuro-monitoring tools for stress management, health, and peak performance. Her research, writing, and teaching in the mind/brain field center on using an EEG brainwave monitoring system to help individuals maximize their brain-mind potentials.

Patt is the author of the new book Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain: Applying the Exciting New Science of Brain Synchrony for Creativity, Peace and Presence. (Energy Psychology Press, 2009) She also has created a companion set of practice CDs that accompany the book by the same title. Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain won the Independent Publishers gold medal award in the Health/Wellness category for 2010. She has written a chapter in Audacious Aging: “Building Community from the Inside Out” (Elite Books, 2009), and is also the author of When Sleeping Beauty Wakes Up (SwanRaven, 1994, BookSurge, 2008).