AUDIO: Rewiring your brain for success and less stress
November 9, 2009
• Why it’s never too late to train your brain
• ‘Everyone has the ability to sit and be quiet for ten minutes a day’
Anxious? Stressed? Seemingly out of ideas for your business – or personal life -- as the Great Recession grinds on?
Executive coach and author Patt Lind-Kyle, who has taught at San Jose State University, the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of Hawaii, says that you can change your life through a method that has been around for millennia: meditation.
She says just sitting quietly for ten minutes can help quiet the brain and lead to less stress.
“Everyone has the ability to sit and be quiet for ten minutes a day. Just let the mind settle down, as if your mind is muddy water and just let all those thoughts begin to settle down,” she says.
“You will begin to see that your mind will become clearer, your memory will improve, it will reduce blood pressure, it will increase the immune system, and actually it begins to reduce depression.”
(Patt Lind-Kyle talks about her methods in today’s CVBT Audio Interview. Please left-click on the link below to listen now or right-click to download the 12 minute MP3 file for later listening.)
“The neurons in your head are ‘plastic.’ They will change to make your life happier if you choose to,” she says. “When you practice something over and over again, the neurons begin to create new patterns of information. They create new circuitry that forms a whole new pattern of thought or pattern of emotions.”
Ms. Lind-Kyle is 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, ISBN: 978-1-60415-056-8, $26.95) and the book's companion CDs.
"Over the years I have come to realize how immensely powerful mind training really is," she says. "Our minds can essentially be trapped by the ways in which they function, which can put us into frantic and depressed conditions. Mind training helps us focus our attention, quiets a scattered mind, and brings flexibility and clarity that enable us to see other options."