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Brainwaves at the End of Life

Many of you have had the experience of being with a friend, family member or a relative when they died. For most of us this is an unforgettable experience. When I was a hospice volunteer I was overcome again and again when someone passed. The room lit up and filled with a love that unquestionably was beyond words. When that energy and love touches us so deeply, doesn’t that make you wonder what creates the beauty of a person passing out of this life, especially when the fear of dying is so prevalent in our society?

Here is something that may give us some insight of what is happening at the end of life. There is growing research about brain waves that may shed some light on the quality of brain and mind at the time of death. As the dying process progresses the brain slows down to delta brain waves. Delta is our slowest brainwave. It is the one we are in during sleep. Also, in the dying process the right hemisphere brain activity is more prominent than the left hemisphere.

We can see what this slowing of brainwaves happening to the brain before death, but a recent seminal research study at the University of Michigan has provided more information about the brain and the dying process. The study reported that after death when the heart stops the brain continues to function and enters into heightened activity associated with wakeful conscious or gamma brainwave activity. These gamma brainwaves are the fastest waves in our brain and are associated with high concentration, conscious awareness, high lucidity and creates “feelings of blessings” and compassion when activated.

Researchers indicate that at the time of death there may be more evidence for conscious related activity than even during a normal waking state. What the research is indicating is that there is evidence that in the last moments of the dying process that the light and love filling the room that we so often feel is being generated by the person that has died.

This new awareness about the end of life is so different from all the fear we carry about our dying.  Death may not be as frightening as we may think. Death may be a time to welcome love not fear into our life.

My soon to be published book in September, Embracing the End of Life: A Journey into Dying & Awakening takes the death conversation further into learning how to shift our fear of death into becoming free of fear about dying now before we die. As a guidebook, Embracing the End of Life allows the reader to formulate how to express to our love ones our end of life wishes.

Click to Pre-Order Embracing End of LifeA free bonus set of 16 guided meditations that employ color, sound frequencies, binaural beats, and visualizations to augment The Journey to Freedom section of my book are available online for when the book releases September 8, 2017.  I invite you to pre-order now on Amazon.com.

Death may be a time to welcome love not fear into our life.

Patt Lind-Kyle Prepare to Die - Awakening process

Embracing the End of Life: A Journey into Dying and Awakening Workshop

A New Workshop by Patt Lind-Kyle
in Nevada County

This is a pre-publication workshop of Patt’s new book  Embracing the End of Life: A Journey into Dying and Awakening

An invitation …

Rainbow registerDeath is a sacred act. It is the most important moment in our life. It is also the moment of waking up. Death is inevitable no matter how repressed we make it in our culture. We will all die. How do we prepare now and discover the freedom from the fear of death to live more expanded lives?

After facing my own death a few years ago I learned about the process of dying. I also discovered the process of how death helps us wake up to an expanded life now.  I have learned the importance of community with family and friends as we unravel our fear of death and for meeting our actual death itself.  This is an invitation to you to embrace your own death and for those whom you love.

Objectives

Together in this workshop we will explore the death process, the perils of medical interference, the kind of caregivers we want to be with us as we die, the legal process and the stages of awakening of how our death helps us be more alive now. I want us to share together how we can be prepared for both a healthy life and a healthy death.

Join me as we create community together in an ongoing experiential workshop.

  • Engage together in exploring as a community how to support each other in facing the fears and challenges of our death.
  • Learn how to awaken and expand more fully in our lives now.
  • Develop your own personal guide for supporting you and your loved ones in the dying process.

Process

  • This workshop will be a progressive deepening process with information, discussion, exercises, reflections, visualizations, and meditations.
  • We also will be working with a new DVD that will accompany the book. Integrating binaural beats and coded color music, the DVD takes us through the various stages of our awakening.

The next step

Attending this workshop will take courage and commitment. Take this next step in your life for yourself and for friends and love ones who you can support in their dying.

This is an on-going weekly workshop for three months.

We will meet every Wednesday from 6:00-8:00pm

Starting April 6, 2016 through June 22, 2016

This will be a closed group

To be in the workshop the commitment is $80 (x3) to be prepaid at the beginning of each month. You will be prompted to pay by credit card or Paypal during the registration process on Patt’s website.

When you sign up you will receive directions to Patt’s Meditation Cottage.

Registration is now closed.

Please contact Patt if you have questions about the workshop.

More about Embracing the End of Life: A Journey into Dying and Awakening

If you missed Patt’s interview with Elisa Parker about her soon to be released book  Embracing the End of Life: A Journey into Dying and Awakening, visit Patt on Conversations to listen now.

For more about Patt’s book and accompanying DVD visit Embracing the End of Life: A Journey into Dying and Awakening

 

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Patt Lind-Kyle on Conversations

Patt Lind-Kyle spoke about her soon to be released “Embracing the End of Life: A Journey into Dying and Awakening” formerly entitled “From Fear to Freedom: A Guide for Life and the End of Life” on KVMR 89.5 Radio Conversations with Elisa Parker.

Patt shared perspectives on the fear and denial our culture holds around death.  Patt reflects on the time in our recent history when people were born, lived and died on their own property.  As people moved off the land and humans turned to mortuaries for burials, we lost our day to day familiarity with death. As we pushed death away, death became a painful experience.

From Patt’s research and meditation, she has discovered the concept of the constricted-self.  The constricted-self is a state we develop in this life but not the state we move into at death. In her book Patt has found that an understanding of the process of dying releases the fear of death. The reason to release the fear allows us to live free now.  Her book shows how death is a mental, spiritual and physical experience.

Through exercise, visualizations and meditations, Patt guides us to transform our relationship with death.  Patt’s book is a workbook that is designed to work with families, friends and organizations to serve each other at the time of death. Once we relearn to see that death may be the most important experience in our life, it changes our day to day life.

Patt’s book “Embracing the End of Life: A Journey into Dying and Awakening” will include a DVD of guided meditations to aid individuals and groups through awakening and preparing for death.

Unlock the Mystery of Aging

In my lifetime I have had relatives, parents and friends that, as they aged and grew old, they died.  I am sure, like me, you hold the assumption that aging is one of the main causes of death.  Yet, we also know that a person can die at any age with the same physiological conditions as an aging person.

To complicate matters modern medicine has treated aging as a disease so we are taught to believe the myth that death is caused by getting old. But we all know that every day at any age people die from similar things that old people die from.

How do we dispel this fallacy that has been handed down to us that aging causes our death? It is time to wake up from this ancient folk tale and change the story in order to bring back to us health, joy and vitality to our aging lives. As a society we need a new perception, a new belief system to unlock the mystery of aging.

Our first step to change our perception about aging is to understand death. Death comes when one body system breaks down and the rest of the systems in the body follow causing the organism to stop functioning. Major body systems like a heart attack, or kidney failure, or an intestinal blockage affect all the other systems and this interaction of multiple breakdowns cause death.

The real truth is, medically speaking we don’t die from old age. We die from system breakdown. One way to shift this old pattern of thinking that aging causes death is to:

  1. Understand the process of aging
  2. Become aware of the new brain research on aging.
  3. Integrate the new anti-aging research into our daily life.

The process of aging

Aging is a mystery because it is very slow and difficult to observe. From research we know that it begins approximately at the age of 30. From our interior experience it occurs gradually, almost imperceptibility, but before we know it we look in the mirror and we have wrinkles and gray hair. We begin asking our self, “When did that happen?” Aging appears to be invisible and then suddenly just happens.

The research on aging supports this view. The studies on aging show that because of the slowness of the subtle cellular changes in the body it is impossible to detect the immediate impact of aging on the body.  However, the good news is that research on aging also demonstrates that making changes in one’s diet, exercise and relaxation patterns people will get healthier and stronger as they age. Physical and mental deterioration not only will slow down, but stop altogether for some individuals.

New brain research on aging

Human chromosomes (grey) capped by telomeres (white). (Photo: NASA)

It is important to note that aging is a unique process within each individual.  The reason is that the aging process occurs in our individual DNA.  The importance of DNA is that it is a carrier of our genetic coded information.  It is this coded information that indicates the beginning and ending of our life. This DNA together with protein is found in our individual cells. DNA is housed in a structure called a chromosome. Chromosomes are long strands that look like shoelaces. Remember that at the end of shoelaces if a piece of plastic so that the shoelace will not become frayed. It has been discovered that if the end of the chromosome becomes shortened or frayed then aging occurs. The shortening occurs when many cell divisions occur so the DNA cannot be duplicated. They lose the necessary information to maintain health and vitality in all our bodily systems, which results in the aging process.

The good news is that at the University of California at Davis researchers found how the chromosomes can be protected from shortening and becoming frayed. Just like the plastic that protects the end of shoelaces these scientists discovered that at the end of the chromosomes are repetitive sequences called telomeres. Telomeres block cell division at each end of a chromosome. The next good news is that an enzyme called telomerase has been discovered which replaces short bits of DNA.  Telomerase acts like the protective plastic at the end of the shoelace so that it doesn’t fray. When you stop the fraying of the chromosomes you stop the aging process because the DNA can continue to duplicate and maintain health in the body. This research is so revolutionary that it received the Nobel Prize in 2009.

 

How do we apply this in our life?

We now know that telomere length is an indicator of our longevity, health and aging.  Scientists have also asked the question how do we increase this natural enzyme telomerase in our cells to reduce ageing? Further research has shed light on the mystery of how we stay young, healthy and have a long life. It has been found that living a particular lifestyle promotes the activation of telomerase.  One study demonstrated that meditation will activate the enzyme. Consistent, daily meditation is a way to relax the mind, body and give the brain the “message” to rewire the cell pathways that help us to be more able to release our stress, increase the telomerase enzyme and in general reduce the aging process.

Meditation has a physiological effect of wellbeing that that is like a feedback loop that spreads into the mind then on to the brain and finally affects the cells of the body.  What we know from the past ten years of intensive mind/brain research is that the mind is what the brain does. The mind focuses our thoughts, feelings and emotions on something and the brain carries these intentions out and makes them happen.  So each thought, or feeling you have the brain will act on it. If you think you are old and can’t function the brain will make it happen that you will age and you will not be able to function.  It will not add the
“plastic” of the telomerase to our “frayed” chromosomes so that our DNA can continue to duplicate and keep us healthy.

One of the added benefits of meditation is that it will increase wellbeing bring vitality to our immune system, support positive mental function and reduce stress. Studies also demonstrate that diet is also critical to support a healthy body system by providing a diet with plenty of fiber, protein, vegetables and no sugar.  Let me repeat, NO SUGAR. Sugar intake is one of the biggest contributors to cell brake down. Research on aging also points to the importance of a daily exercise program. Dr. Andrew Weil advocates walking as one of the best exercises for the health of the body. Your personal health and experiencing of aging is governed by how you use your mind and brain and how you maintain what you put into your body and exercise it. The aging research tells us that if we maintain body-mind-brain health what we will die from will not be our age. We are the only ones to take responsible for our aging process.