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How NeurOptimal Interacts With Our Brain

How NeurOptimal Interacts With Our Brain

HHow can Neurofeedback fix all my symptoms when all I have to do is listen to music? Well I’m going to tell you how with a few analogies, if you stick with me.

First off I’m going to use other forms of ‘feedback’ as examples that we get all the time. A mirror gives feedback about how you look, which you may not otherwise be able to see yourself. Your ears give feedback about how you and others sound. Your tongue gives feedback about what tastes good, and what may be dirt and taste horrible. But what about feedback of our brains inner functioning? How we react to what happens to us, what we focus on, if we are relaxed or tense at the appropriate time, maybe how we treat ourselves and others when in a bad mood.

We sometimes have feedback for these behaviours but they may come an hour later, (sometimes a week!) when we calm down and realize how we reacted and treated another person. Then once aware, we have to catch ourselves the next time it happens and try and train a new reaction to the old pattern of, let’s say, lashing out at others.

Other methods like meditation or mindfulness are great for allowing our behaviours to be noticed and to facilitate change. Being relaxed, easing stress, living a healthy lifestyle and being open and optimistic can all help facilitate change in our lives.

So what is the role of NeurOptimal Neurofeedback?

NeurOptimal is the feedback that can tell your brain everything it needs to know about its behaviour. If a meditation session gives your brain a dozen insights about its behaviour, NeurOptimal gives the brain 250 signals per second! It is the fastest and most effective form of feedback for the brain. It’s also a great starting point for someone who knows they want to improve but has difficulty getting started or sticking with a healthier, happier lifestyle.

“If you could have made all the changes you wanted on your own, you would have done it by now!”

NeurOptimal doesn’t do anything to anybody’s symptoms. It simply tries to tell the brain that it doesn’t need them anymore. Just like a mirror doesn’t fix back and neck pain, but it can show you your posture is off… and that you have something in your teeth! Symptoms of inefficient brains receiving little to no feedback include:

  • Learning problems— ADHD symptoms, lack of focus, inability to attend to tasks
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Stress— worry and fearfulness
  • Anxiety, panic, hypervigilance
  • Sleep disorders
  • Depression
  • Headaches and migraines
  • PTSD and trauma symptoms
  • Anger
  • Cravings and addictions
  • Low self-esteem and self-image
  • Stuck patterns of thinking and behaving

By signaling the brain every time it starts any of these behaviours at an unhelpful time, which the brain is generally completely unaware of, the brain can let go of the patterns and change to be more helpful to us. A simple break in the music is all the subconscious brain needs to become aware of the unconscious activity it is producing, so it can let go of that activity, and symptoms start to fade away.

And that is how NeurOptimal Neurofeedback can transform our lives, by just listening to music.

(Thanks for sticking through this one!)

How to Use Your Mind to the Fullest

How to Use Your Mind to the Fullest

WWhat is the role of the mind in our daily lives? Well, our minds can solve the odd math problem and can look at any event or problem in a million different ways, but how are our minds used most effectively? If we look at our mind’s purpose as to help us navigate our lives then the question becomes how our minds can best navigate us through life, and the answer lies in our awareness of the moment.

If we ask ourselves why yoga and meditation is peaceful, our focus and awareness is on the present moment or what’s happening in and around us right now. This means were not worried about what we have to get done today, not thinking about why we’re mad at someone or someone is mad at us, and just focused on what we feel and what we have the power to change right this moment. When our minds are not preoccupied with worry and random thoughts they can be fully engaged and available to us when we need them. For example to find a solution to a problem that we’re experiencing or decide what to do next that is most beneficial to us at this time.

The benefits of removing worry and endless thoughts extends beyond better use of our brains. If we picture our whole body system as a whole, whenever we stress and worry it becomes a major strain on our bodies resources. Which means there is no energy to focus on resting, healing, digesting, adapting or feeling in our bodies.

“How much worrying is enough for each problem?”

“But how do we stop worrying?” We have used stress, worry and anxiety to push and protect ourselves, usually at a point in life when it was needed and we never let them go. They can be useful when in a fight or flight situation when we are threatened to get something done or shield ourselves from traumatic situations in the past. Though as we get older we usually no longer are in those stressful situations, or we have the power to leave them now but haven’t let go of the stress patterns used to survive them. Plus they have become so ‘normal’ that daily worry and stress has become ‘just a part of life’.

How we let go of worrying is to put our focus into the present moment, and what we do right now. Even though our past is real it doesn’t mean we have to hold onto the memories and carry them wherever we go. We can learn from them and move on to our new surroundings and see what life brings us in each new moment. Quiet hobbies, meditation, yoga, music, dance and neurofeedback (of course!) can all help bring us out of endless thought and stress and back to the moment.  If you’re too busy taking action, there is no time to worry. If there is nothing that can be done, then I guess it was meant to happen. Eliminating worry will help your mind focus on more important things, like living life to the fullest!

How Do Our Minds Work? The Conscious, Subconscious and Unconscious

How Do Our Minds Work? The Conscious, Subconscious and Unconscious

OOur CNS or central nervous system is made up of the brain and spinal cord. These two structures help run and control our entire body. This post is going to try and explain the structures and function of the brain to what is relevant in our daily lives. Have you ever heard the saying ‘we only use 10% of our brains’? This is not at all true but we do only consciously control 5-10% of our mind, which is where I believe the saying comes from. The other 90-95% is subconscious or unconscious which can be thought of as automated processes both trained and instinctual. The reason for this is so that we don’t have to constantly focus on breathing and our heart beating and how to walk, it’s done for us by the subconscious. The subconscious also holds all recent relevant information for us to use at our request like names, phone numbers and what we did yesterday. The unconscious is much more encompassing and is where all memories are held from birth until now, as well as where all habits, behaviours and beliefs are held. The unconscious communicates with, and is formed by the subconscious, meaning you can’t consciously remember every outfit you wore in 7th grade.

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Unconscious

Conscious Mind

This is the captain of the ship. It gives all the orders and does all the thinking. It communicates by speech, pictures, writing, movement and thought. It is distinguished by the ability to direct our focus wherever we wish, and imagine what is not real. Both are key to living the life we ultimately want.

Directing focus. If the conscious mind is captain of the ship every thought, image or idea we focus on is an order given and a direction the ship will take. So if we focus on what’s going wrong we will get a stressful response of fear, worry and memory of other failures to prepare us for a negative situation. If we focus on the positive we will get confidence, be more open and have feelings of joy to look forward to, it’s our choice of focus.

Imagine what is not real. Our ability to imagine allows us to create. It allows us to experience the feelings of anything we wish because our subconscious can’t tell the difference between what is real or imagined, as long as we believe it. If you tell someone they won the lottery and they believe you they will react the same way as if it actually happened. This can be extremely freeing emotionally if all the amazing things we enjoy hearing from others (Good job! You look great! You’re amazing!) we can say to ourselves and increase our own self-worth and confidence. Now how the outside world views us will only be a bonus and not the main source of encouragement we get. Believing we are our best selves in the only way to truly become our best selves.

Subconscious

The subconscious can be thought of as our short term memory as well as currently used day to day memories. It holds common memories (like your phone number), as well as common behaviours, habits and moods you choose. It also filters information and sensations through your accepted beliefs. The subconscious filters all incoming information (sounds, images and movements) and delivers only the important things to our conscious mind via emotions, feelings, sensations, reflexes, images and dreams.

The advantageous part of the subconscious is it can be programmed however we like! It will believe and obey whatever it is told by our conscious mind. Chances are this will not be as easy as flipping a switch to change the subconscious programming because it has been trained a certain way your entire life. That being said why not start training the subconscious to think we are amazing people who can see the joy and good in just about all that happens in life.

Unconscious

The unconscious (not to be confused with being “knocked out”) is the basement level of our mind that communicates with the subconscious mind and stores all our memories, habits, behaviours and beliefs since birth. Changing the unconscious beliefs about ourselves, and life in general can be life changing, but isn’t easy… The difference between the subconscious and unconscious is which memories are readily available and which are buried too deep to remember without some sort of second connection (like a scent or a hypnotic state). The subconscious calls upon all our stored memories to form its filters and reactions for our conscious minds.

What all this means for us

It means a few things:

  1. Our perspectives of our lives are shaped by everything we have thought, seen, felt and experienced throughout our entire lives. Sometimes these are still there but no longer helpful to our current lives.
  2. What we focus on shapes our perspectives and how we experience the events in our lives. Positive or negative.
  3. We can change our negative unconscious deep seated beliefs by directing our focus on the positive and present moment.

By focusing on what we have the power to change and not what we are powerless to change. By staying away from definites like ALWAYS and NEVER and seeing things for what they actually are. By letting go of our limitations such as what we think we are capable of and being open to what is possible, we can have a dramatic impact on how we experience our lives.

We have the power, to either choose to change for the better or we experience enough pain and suffering to decide it is enough and it’s time to make a change.

We can’t live better lives without change. The question is when each of us will be ready.