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Enneagram Institute Embracing the End of Life review

From The Enneagram Institute® Newsletter, October 2017

The Enneagram Institute® students offer amazing and innovative work in a variety of fields and practices around the world. This month, we highlight author and thought leader Patt Lind-Kyle, who recently published Embracing the End of Life: A Journey into Dying & Awakening to critical acclaim. Brian Taylor offers the following book review:

“The study of death – the only certainty that life holds for us – must be central, for an understanding of death is the key to liberation in life.”  This seemingly paradoxical quote, from Dr. Stanislav Grof, is cited by Enneagram Institute student Patt Lind-Kyle in her latest book, Embracing the End of Life:  A Journey into Dying and Awakening (Llewellyn Publications, 2017).  It also encapsulates the fundamental two-fold approach that Patt employs in her overall structure of this book.   The first part is a moving contemplation on preparation for the inevitability of death that each of us will ultimately face. The second addresses the inner journey that we must pursue in our day-to-day lives to overcome resistance to the inescapable reality, and perhaps constant nearness, of our own death – an encouraging reminder to strive to live our lives now with mindfulness and awakeness.

In a thoughtful, warm, and non-threatening voice, Patt gently invites the reader to address the natural feelings – conscious or unconscious – of fear, pain, and separation that many of us may associate with the process of dying – the loss of all that is precious to us during our lives. Through a series of tender and compassionate exercises, practices, and meditations, Patt provides suggestions for reflection about death, suffering, and the meaning each of us searches for in life. The stages of the journey she shares, in many ways, reflects the process of true spiritual growth: acknowledging the constrictions and restraints we have that accompany our resistance to reality, enabling us to learn to let go, and, ultimately, to release and transcend those fears and restraints. As Patt puts it, “to surrender your physical life is to let go of the constricted self, this personality identity that you’ve created and lived with all your life.” It’s the path to the ultimate “letting go”. As Don used to say to me, the process of life is a gradual and necessary release of everything we possess, and, ultimately, of all that we think we are and an acceptance of all that we actually are.

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My newest book Embracing the End of Life incorporates the fundamental principles of the Enneagram and the Enneagram Institute. I extend my deepest appreciation to Brian Taylor and the Enneagram Team for the gracious review of Embracing the End of Life in their October 2017 Newsletter.

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?

More about Law of Attraction Talk Radio

Upcoming Workshop: International Enneagram Association

Patt will be presenting a workshop at the International Enneagram Association Conference being held from July 28-31, 2011 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

Conference events also include Keynote Speaker Tom Condon’s talk on “The Five Elements of Change” and Ginger Lapid-Bogda’s Endnote talk on “The Enneagram and Global Change.”

All in all, there will be over 60 talks, including:

Russ Hudson, David Daniels, Jessica Dibb ~Embracing Our Shadow:  How the Enneagram can Liberate Us or Limit Us

Jerry Wagner ~ Working with our Sweet Spots, Blind Spots, and Hot Spots

Katherine Chernick Fauvre ~Tritype Archetypes and Instincts: Exploring Advanced Nuances of Tritype

Rabbi Howard Avruhm Addison ~Manifesting the Divine: The Enneagram, Kabbalah and Transformative Practice

Andrea Isaacs ~EnneaMotion and Somatic Focusing: Increasing Emotional Intelligence

Valerie Atkin ~Build Your Enneagram Practice/Business

Bénédicte de Navacelle &  Mathilde Bourdin ~ Dancing the Enneagram

Hugo Kruger Droguett ~Organizational Culture and Enneagram

Patt Lind-Kyle ~ Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain: Combining the New Science of Brain Synchrony for Creativity, Peace, and Presence

Jeff Lyons ~Story Structure, Character & Plot: How to Use the Enneagram System to Become a Master Storyteller

For more information about the Conference, visit www.internationalenneagram.org

Also, you may enjoy watching Patt’s talk on the Enneagram as an excerpt of her interview with Dr. Emmett Miller on Healing Times Radio:

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.

Watch now:

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.

Audio interview: Patt and Jim Blasingame (Small Business Advocate)

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Patt talks about how to manage negative thoughts with attention and intention, the Enneagram Personality type system and other compassionate ways to rewire our brains for better lifestyle choices with Jim Blasingame, the Small Business Advocate.

Listen here: