I believe in change. I have changed. In fact, if people did not want to change I would be out of a job. I help people change in my role as therapist.
I have had the privilege of witnessing amazing changes that people create in order to have better lives or heal their pain. My study of brain science has been limited so I welcomed the opportunity to read Healing Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain by expert Patt Lind-Kyle to achieve a better understanding of how the brain works in helping us change.
For the in-depth reader, who easily reads through mounds of well-written detail, this book provides much of what you wanted to know about the brain in a well written style. However, the casual reader may find the detail overwhelming. But all readers can sort through this well organized book from an expert to access the information they seek on brain science, meditation, and other mental skills to create positive change in their lives.
Lind-Kyle describes the differences between the four brain waves, beta, alpha, theta, and delta. She presents written exercises and instructions on how to alter them to achieve a healthier mental state. Also available is a two-CD set of guided meditations read by the author. Each CD contains three 20-minute meditations which correspond to sections of the book. I found the first meditation on the second CD most useful for me.
My favorite section of this book is the fourth chapter, "Training the Mind." Here I discovered the nine enneagram personality types and how this knowledge can be applied in mind training. The author believes that the enneagram is a very useful tool that helps people understand the personality system, "which is actually a set of conditioned experiences working together as parts of the mechanism." Included is a website for the Enneagram Institute, where you can take a free sample assessment. Lynd-Kyle works with her own clients using the Enneagram as a part of her mind training work.
Interested, but unsure as to whether this is the book for you? Read through some of my favorite tidbits from this book and experience the writing to help you decide:
The mind is not located in any specific place in the brain and yet the mind is intimately involved in all the brain’s activities. Neuroscientists' new definition of the mind is that the mind is what the brain does. (p. 28)
The mind can be psychologically defined as qualities of thoughts, feelings, perceptions, attention, imagination, emotion, awareness, intention, and self reflection. (p. 36)
We now know that brains do change, and we can consciously choose what new tricks we want to teach it … you can change the ways you think and function … [there is] now strong evidence that the brain continues to evolve throughout the adult lifecycle … the brain never stops changing and adjusting… [this is called] plasticity … this means it can change the size of different parts and alter functions as well as strengthen the connection between one area of the brain and another, just by how the individual mentally adjust to experience. (p. 38)
New research indicates that by being conscious and aware of our emotions and then verbalizing the feelings aroused, the neocortex will make the connections and bring mental clarity. (p. 57)
Through mind training, you can change your brain and ultimately your behavior … as we pay attention to a positive thought, it grows in our brain. (p. 82)
Did any of this information catch your attention? Are you curious and have more questions? Consider reading Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain: Applying the Exciting New Science of Brain Synchrony for Creativity, Peace and Presence to learn more about brain science and mind training.