Les Fehmi : The Open-Focus Brain: Levels 1-3 – Harnessing the Power of Attention to Heal Mind and Body – 2008 – (PDF, MP3)
This breakthrough book presents a disarmingly simple idea: The way we pay attention in daily life can play a critical role in our health and well-being. According to Dr. Les Fehmi, a clinical psychologist and researcher, many of us have become stuck in ?€?narrow-focus attention?€?: a tense, constricted, survival mode of attention that holds us in a state of chronic stress?€”and which lies at the root of common ailments including anxiety, depression, ADD, stress-related migraines, and more. To improve these conditions, Dr. Fehmi explains that we must learn to return to a relaxed, diffuse, and creative form of attention, which he calls ?€?Open Focus.?€?
This highly readable and empowering book offers straightforward explanations and simple exercises on how to shift into a more calm, open style of attention that reduces stress, improves health, and enhances performance. The Open-Focus Brain features eight essential attention exercises for improving health, along with an audio CD in which the author guides the reader through fundamental Open-Focus exercises that can be used on a regular basis to enhance our health and well-being.
Dr. Fehmi writes, ?€?Everyone has the ability to heal their nervous systems, to dissolve their pain, to slow down and yet accomplish more, to experience the deeper side of life?€”in short, to change their lives for the better dramatically.?€? At last readers can learn the techniques that Dr. Fehmi has offered to thousands of clients?€”the same drug-free, safe, and effective techniques that have led to remarkable and long-lasting results.
The Open-Focus Brain offers readers a revolutionary, drug-free way to:
?€? alleviate depression, anxiety, and ADD
?€? reduce stress-related chronic pain
?€? optimize mental and physical performance
Includes a 60-minute audio CD:
?€? essential attention exercises from the book, led by Dr. Fehmi
?€? listeners learn how to “train the brain” to reduce stress, anxiety, chronic pain, and more
?€? safe and effective techniques used in Dr. Fehmi’s clinic for decades
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Trumpeter; 1 Pap/Com edition (December 16, 2008)
From Publishers Weekly
A long time clinician and researcher in biofeedback, Fehmi (with the assistance of science writer Robbins, author of A Symphony in the Brain) advances his program for learning to relieve stress by attaining what he calls open focus?€”a more diffuse, flexible form of attention that, paradoxically, allows one to focus better and in a more relaxed way. According to Fehmi, most of us habitually operate in a narrow-focus stress mode that results in anxiety and a host of physical problems, including digestive upsets, rashes and migraines. Fehmi draws on his experience with neurofeedback (brain-wave biofeedback) to explain how we can shift our brain waves to attain open focus. These mental techniques help you to experience your body and even your heart in a new way and change how you perceive the space around you. Fehmi grounds his plan in research and patient anecdotes showing the techniques can reduce pain and improve relationships and athletic performance. Fehmi acknowledges the results of open focus are similar to those from meditation, but even readers skeptical of Eastern spirituality may find Fehmi’s science-based program useful. (The accompanying audio CD was not heard by PW). (July 10)
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About the CDs:
OPEN FOCUS?„? is a method of relaxation, a way of broadening your awareness until you are simultaneously conscious of your whole body, all your senses and the space surrounding you.
OPEN FOCUS is a method taught by the Princeton Biofeedback Centre LLC, to reduce stress related symptoms and enhance well-being, using principles developed in the field of electroencephalographic (EEG) biofeedback, now called neurofeedback. OPEN FOCUS techniques can help relieve symptoms that you may not recognize as being stress related. OPEN FOCUS can be beneficial to relieve physical and emotional discomfort and pain, anxiety and other performance deficits; providing you with a greater sense of overall well-being.
Open Focus Level 1 – Skills for Physical and Mental Mastery:
1 – Introduction to Open Focus and Introduction to Open Focus Practice
2 – Head & Hands
3 – Long Form
4 – Short Form
5 – General Practice
6 – Dissolving Physical/Emotional Pain
Open Focus Level 2 – Alleviating Stress Related Physical & Emotional Pain:
1 – Dissolving Pain & Other Experience
2 – Joint Space in Open Focus
3 – Heart Centered Open Focus
4 – Localizing Feeling, Emotion & Pain
5 – How Am I Paying Attention?
6 – Transfer of Open Focus to Daily Life
Open Focus Level 3 – Optimizing Performance and Function:
1 – Feeling in Open Focus
2 – Listening in Open Focus
3 – Thinking in Open Focus
4 – Seeing in Open Focus
5 – Racquet Sports Training