The Wandering Mind, written by Gerti Schoen, MA, LP, can be found on Psychcentral.com. Ms. Schoen is a licensed psychotherapist. Here is a link to her website. Ms. Schoen’s article begins with some interesting data. She mentions the staggeringly high amount of time that we spend not being present- 47% of the time! Spending that much time away from the here and now is what contributes to anxiety and depression. If we are not present, we are either in the past (depressed) or in the future (anxious).
Ms. Schoen’s article also suggests that meditation is one way to practice being present. When we notice that our mind is wandering, we can bring ourselves back to the present moment. We can train ourselves to notice this via meditation and neurofeedback. Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback. It’s used to train one’s brain to better deal with life’s stressors. The system that I use, NeurOptimal®, detects turbulence (change) in the brain by simply attaching five non-invasive sensors to the head and ears. The sensors read the electricity on the surface of the scalp. All that you have to do is sit back and listen to the beautiful and relaxing music for 33 minutes. That’s it. Doing neurofeedback is a way to overcome some of life’s challenges such as insomnia, depression, anxiety, addictions, ADD/ADHD, etc. It’s also beneficial for people who have experience with regular talk therapy and are stuck or want to change but are unable. If you want to implement the changes that you are working on in talk therapy sooner, neurofeedback can a wonderful complement.
One of the many terrific things about neurofeedback is that actual sessions, which are called, trainings, give the brain an opportunity to look at what it’s doing and the brain learns from that assessment. Much like with meditation, the NeurOptimal system alerts the brain (specifically the central nervous system), about what it is doing, 256 times per second. Because the system uses your brain’s ability to organize itself — at your pace and in the order of change that is right for you — it is very safe and virtually side effect free. It is non-invasive — nothing is put into your brain except information about what it is doing. Our brains are masterful at taking in information and reorganizing.
Also similar to mediation, neurofeedback trainings can “increase attention span, improve working memory and can improve test scores.” I encourage you to learn more about the type of neurofeedback system that I use by visiting the Zengar website and/or by contacting me.