Mental Health Awareness with Sara Troy and her guest Jaime Pineda (pin eh da), on air from November 21ST
Listeners will learn how to use simple, time-tested techniques to control anxiety and recover their creative nature.
Segment Idea-Transform an Uncontrolled Mind into a Creative Mind in 4 Simple Steps
This is a segment about how four simple steps can help you shift from an uncontrolled mind to a creative and calm one.
Big idea: From the pandemic’s stresses and aftershocks to the state of the world, many of us can’t seem to shut off our brains. We experience a nearly constant noise of fears and anxieties that can block out our awareness of the present and our peace of mind. But a highly effective technique can quiet our brains, getting them under control.
Why it matters: Mind storms keep us obsessed on the past, snagged on trying to protect ourselves from old injustices. Succumbing to this state of mind can derail our work, our lives and our relationships, keeping us from moving forward or finding happiness and peace. But the mind we’re born with is anything but hectic — and that’s what we need to find again.
Key messages: Neuroscience expert Jaime A. Pineda, PhD shares four highly effective strategies for shutting down our uncontrolled thoughts and finding a place of deep creativity and calm. RUBI is an easy to remember yet powerful technique that brings the mind back to its original unencumbered state.
The author can also discuss:
• How to recognize the illusion of separation.
• Why it’s so important to understand what we face.
• How to find the right balance between living in the past and living in the present.
• How to implement answers to ground ourselves in the now.
The source: Jaime A. Pineda, PhD is Professor of Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of many widely cited papers in animal and human cognitive and systems neuroscience, as well as two books of poetry on mind-brain relationships with an emphasis on spirituality, mysticism, environmentalism, and social activism.
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For centuries, spirituality has told us that the answer to life’s problems lies within us, if only we would realize that we are more than what we imagine. Now, scientific understanding is showing us the way. For humans, anxiety is the background “fever” that never breaks but can often get much worse. Whether the causes are individual, relational, cultural, or pandemic problems, when they occur, they affect our ability to live a joyful and creative life. This often means getting mired in uncontrolled mind loops and incessant circular thinking, making us feel helpless and stuck. In this book, Jaime Pineda shows how the dynamics of anxiety and incessant rumination reflect uncontrolled creativity, and how using simple, time-tested techniques we can learn to control the chaos and recover our creative nature.
The key to the solution is to understand that the intellect only helps to some extent, but by itself cannot solve its own problem. What we need is a mind that can, in a nonjudgmental way, distance itself from the thought patterns that trap us. We are born with an incredible, original mind that quickly becomes obscured by the fever of fear and anxiety. But we can recover this mind quickly. Pineda teaches us how to recognize the basic problem and find the solution through a series of steps and techniques that help bring us out of the loops and recover a cleaner mindset that enables us to move beyond the static of anxiety.
Jaime A. Pineda, PhD is Professor of Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of many widely cited papers in animal and human cognitive and systems neuroscience, as well as two books of poetry on mind-brain relationships with an emphasis on spirituality, mysticism, environmentalism, and social activism.
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