NEURAL Re • programming

Saturday June 5th
1-5pm, 330 Reynolds Rd.
Saltspring Island, BC

Class is 100% Outdoors
Pre-Registration Required (see below)
Sliding scale or work trade available as payment

Taking the mystery out of addiction and habits that no longer serve.

I know what it's like to feel completely disempowered by my habits.  Overwhelmed by life.  Hiding parts of myself, feeling shame, isolation and low self esteem which lead to a prolonged state of indifference, apathy, and detachment. 

Let's explore tools to integrate 'difficult' emotions, come home to yourself, to life and to love, again and again.
 
I would be honoured and grateful to share what I've learned with you.

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I'm working on developing a program to help re-train habits that no longer serve me.  By habits, I mean ways of thinking, feeling and behaving that create suffering in my life and in the lives of those around me. 

 

The brain, heart and intestines are distinct but connected areas of neural tissue.  By using a variety of techniques to create coherence between these power centers in the body, we can accelerate neural re-wiring in order to build healthy and more effective pathways to peace, compassion, acceptance and unconditional love.

 

Old habits that used to be effective ways of soothing, coping and managing stress which now can be upgraded with the use of new tools, understanding and awareness.

Doing it together is more rewarding and essential to lasting success.  I get stoked by the opportunity to share my wisdom with those eager to learn.

Here's what has worked well for me and what I'm excited to share with you :) 

D.O.S.E.  |  THE NEURO-CHEMISTRY OF HAPPINESS

Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, and Endorphins.  These are the essential neurochemicals of a happy brain and there's some amazing new research out on how to harness these for your benefit, and how to better understand Cortisol, the key stress hormone.  

We'll be using the worksheets from Loretta Breuning's book 'Habits of a Happy Brain' which I highly recommend reading.

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PRESENCE PROCESS by Michael Brown

This is a fantastic, simple, accessible breath work practice that is a great way to begin.  The book Michael wrote goes into detail about a process he used to overcome a crippling neurological disorder by retraining his brain to become fully present in the face of extreme pain.  

The essential part of the practice combines breath control and mantra for 15 minutes to bring the nervous system fully into the present.  

What I love about this practice is how simple, easy and effective it is as a nervous system reset.  The perfect precursor to deeper work.

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MEDITATION ESSENTIALS 

Once we've cultivated some presence, which is essentially developing a coherent field of resonance within the brain, we can now explore some fundamental tools for meditation, using body awareness, receptivity (or active listening) practice and self-witnessing of thoughts. 

There so much to explore with meditation, but I'd like to share the somatic based approach that is common to contemporary vipassana, as pioneered by Tara BrachRuth Denison and many others.

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Open Your Voice by Breathing, Softening and Listening

Discover your authentic musical voice through powerful mindfulness techniques.  I work with both individuals and groups to guide them in tuning into their inner music.   What I teach is how to sing effortlessly from the heart in ways that connect us to spirit, each other and our most authentic selves. It's about using the power of music to discover a way of being together to become the best versions of ourselves, together in a circle.  We get to experience a deep sense of belonging in the melody, and with the harmony that surrounds us.

This is an amazing way to put our overworking minds into a restful trance state.  Which is the best state of mind to be in for neural reprogramming!

WIM HOF METHOD

While I'm not a certified WHM instructor, I have taken a course with Wim's first certified US instructor, Daniel Cortez.  I then spent a year practicing the technique, overcoming my own deep aversion to cold water and shifting into a place where I actually craved getting in the ocean to meditate on a daily basis. 

There is plenty of hype surrounding Wim's practices, and they're the real deal.  Meeting the cold is a profoundly transformative experience that opens up a whole new way of seeing yourself, reflected in the power of nature.

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DIET

At the age of 18 I was in a high speed, head on collision that caused my small and large intestines to burst.  My liver suffered damage and my stomach herniated.  I also had severe trauma to my low back as well as whiplash and a concussion.  

The result was the beginning of a life long healing path with my digestion system, learning many things about diet, cleansing, fasting, and how intestinal health affects mood, and the brain's capacity to regulate the neurochemistry of happiness. 

There is of course so much personal inquiry around diet, but I'll share some basics and fundamentals I've learned along the way, and we'll go on a long, slow, easy-does-it cleanse together.

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THE WORK by BYRON KATIE

A simple, but powerful inquiry process that's useful for thoughts that cause us suffering.  Byron Katie's work is very similar to the inquiry process found in the 12 steps and is an easy yet profound way to turn towards, dismantle and ultimately free yourself from the negative internal narrative so common for most people. 

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12 STEPS | ACCOUNTABILITY + CONNECTIVITY WITHIN A GROUP

I first got sober using the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.  It's a powerful program for self inquiry and deep habit change that goes way beyond substance abuse and into a full scale reprogramming of your entire life.

We'll look at and use the framework of the 12 steps as a backdrop for all of the work we do in re-orchestrating our lives.  It will provide us with a spiritual, mental and physical container to put all of our tools to work in.  Allowing us to heal our past, imagine a new now and live in the present more fully than ever. 

Here's an overview of what the essential core of each step is about:

1: ACCEPTANCE

2: SURRENDER

3: ATTUNEMENT TO YOUR HIGHER SELF

4: RESENTMENT INVENTORY 

5: TRANSPARENCY

6: HUMILITY

7: GRACE

8: AMMENDS INVENTORY

9: MAKING OF AMMENDS

10: DAILY INVENTORY

11: PRAYER & MEDITATION

12: SERVICE