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The Open-Focus Brain: Harnessing the Power of Attention to Heal Mind and Body- (Anglais) Broché – 16 décembre 2008

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“These mental techniques help you to experience your body and even your heart in a new way. Fehmi grounds his plan in research and patient anecdotes showing the techniques can reduce pain and improve relationships and athletic performance.”—Publishers Weekly

"Fehmi and award-winning science writer and journalist Robbins present a convincing argument for the effectiveness of neurofeedback in a self-help format for those who want to try the techniques. . . . This well-written book will be of interest to anyone in the alternative healing community."—Library Journal

“Based on thirty-plus years of research and professional experience, this book reveals a startling truth: how you deploy your attention in your daily life is centrally important for your mental and physical health. It also describes a breakthrough methodology for overcoming depression, anxiety, and other hard-to-manage emotional states. As a colleague of Dr. Fehmi from the earliest days of brainwave-biofeedback  research, I can trust the credibility of his reports. He is a creative and critical thinker in the field. I heartily recommend this book.”—Joe Kamiya, PhD, research psychologist at Langley Porter Institute of Psychiatry

“I’ve used the Open-Focus techniques in my work with NFL players, and I’ve shared this knowledge with other athletes and coaches. These attention exercises are applicable across all disciplines.”—Bob Ward, Director of Sports Science, former conditioning coach for the Dallas Cowboys

“The techniques described in this book can make life fuller, more enjoyable, and more productive. I recommend it.”—Andrew Weil, MD, author of Healthy Aging

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Jim Robbins is an award-winning journalist and science writer, with frequent contributions to the New York Times, Smithsonian, Scientific American, Discover, and Psychology Today. In connection with his reporting, he has appeared on ABC’s Nightline and on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition.

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Tout d'abord un caveat: J'ai donné 5 étoiles à la méthode...

Le livre est fourni avec un cd qui permet de voir à quel point la méthode est géniale, l'ouvrage lui même est assez insipide, 2 ou 3 anecdotes, des références scientifiques qui valident l'hypothèse de départ... rien de bien excitant jusqu'à ce qu'on insére le CD dans la platine. mais là tout bascule, Les Fehmi vous amène percevoir des "espaces" par exemple l'espace entre ses 2 yeux, ou l'espace entre ses hanches, et il vous amène avec son terpnos logos si caracteristique à ne pas être concentré sur quelque chose, mais à accueillir toutes nos perceptions sur un pied d'égalité (visuelles, de premier ou second plan, auditives, tactiles, etc...), dans ce qu'il nomme le 'open focus'
Le résultat? Un bien-être indicible que je rapprocherai pour les connaisseur de la 'Sedona Method'. Ma seule critique, qui vient certainement de mon manque d'expérience en Open Focus, est la fatigue qui résulte d'appliquer ce type de perception sur une journée entière. Je suppose que l'esprit s'habitue au bout d'un moment à cette perception si particulière.
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HASH(0x9a423f54) étoiles sur 5 Open Focus and Spiritual Practice 7 janvier 2008
Par Copthorne Macdonald - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
My own introduction to Open Focus took place in the early 1980s when I explored its potential as a tool for spiritual development.

Buddhist meditation techniques such as Vipassana and Dzogchen are attentiveness training practices. In Vipassana you begin by narrowly focusing on breath sensations and gradually widen the field of attention until it takes in whatever is arising in the mind. In Dzogchen meditation (an advanced practice) you go immediately into that wide-angle, all-inclusive mode of attending and hang out there. Both are highly worthwhile practices, but to develop the ability to enter at will that open-to-everything mindset requires an extended period of prior practice.

During the 1970s Les Fehmi developed and recorded a series of exercises designed to talk a person into the Open Focus mind state. By the time I heard about these tapes I had already attended several Vipassana retreats. I bought a set of tapes, and when I started using them I was immediately impressed by how effective they were. If I diligently followed the suggestions being made on the tape, at the end of the half-hour lesson I would invariably be in the Open Focus mode of attending to mind contents. That was rarely the case when I spent an equal amount of time doing Vipassana meditation. Better yet, after using the tapes daily for several weeks I found that in everyday life circumstances I was able to switch at will between narrow-focus attention and Open Focus -- something I had not yet developed the ability to do in my meditation practice.

When I recently obtained a copy of THE OPEN-FOCUS BRAIN and its companion CD I was delighted. It now seems likely that this powerful technique will finally get the widespread recognition it deserves.
70 internautes sur 71 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x9a423fa8) étoiles sur 5 Open Focus is a breakthrough for me 20 septembre 2008
Par Stephen Luff - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Having read a lot of meditation books, zen books, power of now and attention deficit books, this book is a very interesting perspective on the subject of focus and attention.

First off the book explains what open focus is but it took me a while to grasp it. It wasn't until I read the first exercise that I 'felt' what open focus is about. I feel the book does require a few reads. More importantly, I felt I was very drawn to re-reading it, especially after listening to the cd.

Let me try a technique he uses in open focus. So while you are reading this review, imagine the distance of the screen from your eyes while still reading. Then see the edges of the computer screen yet still managing to read. Notice the spaces between each of the lines of words. Can you feel your shoulders? Can you feel if your arms and fingers are tense? Are your eyes relaxed? Still keep reading yet feel your tightness as you are still reading. Perhaps you can soften that tension and still maintain focus. Perhaps that feels more relaxed and now less urgent?

So one of the ideas is to still function but we don't always need what's known as 'narrow focus' or 'hyper-focus'. This is the focus that uses a high level of energy, tension and focus. We don't always need this type of focus with everything we do. This type of focus is very effective at getting things done, but unless we have a knowledge of 'different types' of focus, we can burn out. We don't always need to use narrow-focus for every task and every conversation. There are lots of other things we could do in open focus, enjoy them more and maybe even do a better job. An obvious one is reading. When I did the exercise he gave while reading I noticed my tension and softened it, especially the tension I was using to hold the book.

There is a cd with the book. The exercises on them are really brilliant. For me, going through the exercises really helps digest the sense of open focus.

One of the main themes of open focus training is to focus on space and spaces. Something like the space between your eyes. On the cd there are 15 second pauses between focuses. So imagine the distance from your eyes to the tip of your nose. pause. Imagine the volume of your lips. pause. The idea is not to say "oh its an inch" but more the greater depth of the space, such as the space between the atoms in the space.

The first of the two long guided sessions is working the head, shoulders and upper back. The second works the whole body. The voice on the cd is very pleasant.

What this book does very well is point out that we are living as if everything is urgent. Yet a lot of the time we aren't aware of it. Our culture rewards this type of focus. We are taught it at school; "stop daydreaming"; "pay attention"; "concentrate". A lot of the time we were paying attention but we look relaxed, or our gaze wasn't looking 'focused' enough.

Theres a lot of scientific biofeedback to back up this open focus training to move the practitioner very quickly into alpha waves using what is know as "imageless imagery".

Les Fehmi has been working with being "a student of how human beings attend both to the world around them and to their internal world of emotions and thoughts" for over 40 years. He's worked with Dallas Cowboys(American Football), the New jersey Nets, and the Olympic Development Committee.
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HASH(0x9a4273fc) étoiles sur 5 The included CD is terrific! 2 octobre 2007
Par common reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I approached this book with pure skepticism. I thought it would be boring, and, as a scientist, I could not believe that a few simple exercises could begin to alleviate the mental and physical pain of stress and depression. But I was wrong!

Fehmi combines his years of research and experience with a forthright and simple presentation. His humanism shines throughgout the book.

The text is simple and clear, and I found myself, wanting to learn more with each chapter I read. In addition, the included CD is terrific, especially, as I love to listen to audio books. My favorite exercises, "Expanding Your Awareness of Visual Space" and "Seeing in Open Focus", are particularly useful to me, in reducing the chronic tension that lives in my shoulder muscles.

Buy this book!
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HASH(0x9a4277c8) étoiles sur 5 Important, Groundbreaking, Destined to be Become a Self Help and Philosopical Classic, yet a great read. 31 août 2007
Par Robert Kall - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This is an important, groundbreaking book that promises to become a classic that could very well become more and more widely read over the decades.

More than any other book, it reminds me of Herbert Benson's RELAXATION RESPONSE. Just as Benson took a simple concept-- relaxation-- and created a landmark book on how to do it... simply, Les Fehmi, with co-author Jim Robbins, has laid out an approach to attention that is remarkable in its simplicity and power to change lives.

As Fehmi points out, our lives, our experiences, all we know, are determined by how we pay attention. The process of paying attention is usually something we ignore. Yet, Fehmi teaches, we can easily learn how to become aware of how we are paying attention and then voluntarily pay attention as we choose to.

Fehmi walks us through the ways that narrowed, inflexible attention leads to stress and stress disorders, depression, reduced performance, even diminished relationships. The good news is he provides practical, easy to learn and implement techniques which work-- and quickly, at that.

I first learned the Open Focus technique from Les Fehmi 30 years ago. I've used them ever since in my life and as a trainer and consultant teaching newcomer physicians, psychologists, counselors, educators, etc. the field of biofeedback and self regulation. I've taught hundreds of practitioners this technique because I believe it is very effective and powerful.

This book has been long overdue and will be highly valuable to both lay readers and professional psychologists. Fehmi's co-author Jim Robbins is an extraordinary writer who has helped Fehmi to take his ideas and put them into a fun and fascinating to read language that makes this book almost as engaging as a great novel.

Dr. Fehmi has been a consultant to the Dallas Cowboys, Golf Pros, ther US Olympic team and so many others who have benefited from these techniques. He's polished and fine tuned them with biofeedback and brain assessment technologies. This means that, unlike many techniques, Open Focus has been objectively measured and tested with brain wave technologies such as neurofeedback devices and brain maps.

Ask yourself. How much thought have you given to the way YOU pay attention. What are the parameters you assess? What "handles" do you have for modulating and adjusting your attention for different situations? Most people don't have good answers to these questions. This book provides them.

Some people will approach this book as a self-help book for healing disorders caused by stress, anxiety, etc.

Some will, like the pro teams and players who have hired Dr. Fehmi, approach this book as an aid to help improve performance, to reach peak performance and optimal functioning.

Some will seek out this book to help their personal relationships.

Some will approach it as a map for achieving higher consciousness and or spiritual deepening.

All will find answers that will make a difference in their lives and work.

As the founder organizer of one of the world's largest biofeedbac meetings, my job has been to bring together the best and the brightest leaders. Les Fehmi has, with his wife Susan, always been one of the best. The presentations have always drawn big crowds of other experts and leaders in the fields of biofeedback, peak performance, positive psychology, neurofeedback, stress management, meditation and relaxation. The experts come to hear Fehmi because he combines science and solid theory with practical, easy to use techniques. This book does the same thing.

This is one of the few books I'd like my adult children to read, and I'll be passing on copies to any of my employees who want to read it too.

Do I sound enthusiastic? It's a real joy to see that the life work of one of the scientist practitioner psychologists I've come to respect has been put on the printed page in such a stunning, powerful way. You do yourself a great disservice if you fail to avail yourself of the unique, original ideas and life strategies you'll find in this book.

Last but not least, I was amazed to see tht the book includes a CD with guided Open Focus exercises on it. They've always sold separately. Fehmi has given his all on this.
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HASH(0x9a4278ac) étoiles sur 5 Meditation 2.0 21 janvier 2015
Par David M. Bell - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I have been searching for a modernist form of meditation having meditated for 12+ years and having had meager results despite several liberating experiences in my past unrelated to meditating. Like many other modern people who live in our heads, I simply could not find an angle on the standard types of meditation that actually worked consistently. Eventually it dawned on me that despite all the grand non-dualistic talk on non-doing and all effort being egoic, I realized that this ego-syntonic state of consciousness had a vice grip on consciousness and only an altered state would cause any noticeable change.

Searching for something better had only turned up those absurdly expensive brain entrainment packages that are sleekly sold as the answer to meditation for several hundred to thousands of dollars. Not to mention the passive nature of those practices which only really help a person to get the feel for the correct altered states.

When I found this book I knew it was something different. Although verbally guided in nature, you get a sense that it is really leading you to get a feel for this work of attention so that you can both recognize it and make it a part of your everyday life. It's also a practice that one can eventually do on one's own and return to the recordings when needed. It's like a way of teaching you this unique form of meditative attention.

I found the book to be great. I read through the entire thing. But the practice is what is excellent. When I first experienced it, I began to experience that wonderful feeling of consciousness opening up to a state of space, peace, flow, and presence. States I have only had glimpses of after years of meditative work or deep breath work.

Suddenly I began to understand what Zen koans have been attempting to point to: a focus on what the mind cannot grasp, causing a lateralization and syncronization of the mind which leads to a relaxing of that vice-like grip of the left brain, sympathetic nervous system, tensions in the body and fixed attention. But this way is much more direct. Space is easy to contemplate, but it takes practice to learn to allow the mind to focus on what it cannot grasp. I have also been playing with contemplating ungraspable dimensions of experience such as energy, quality of experience, and presence.

Far from fully replacing meditation and other practices, I find that this work can enhance them all. For example, I practice The Focusing Technique from Dr. Eugene Gendlin, where you experientially inquire into the unfinished psychological felt experience that is arising. It is extremely difficult to do consistently. But the times it has worked has been when I stumbled upon an open focus. Now I can intentionally go into an open focused state and work with the implicit felt-sense of my present. Same with my meditation, which has been a belly and breathing centered practice. Working space and open focus into that it like adding nitrous to a car.

One difficulty in this technique is that the experience of open focus and flexible attention can come and go easily. It is simply not easy to work into everyday life, but the more it is experienced, the more easily it can occur.

The ideas of attention in the book are excellent. It isn't about settling into an open focus all the time, it is about not being stuck in any form of attention so that you can go between any state needed.

The other fantastic thing about this practice is the integration of the body. I'm seriously sick of meditation teachers saying over and over again that all you need to do is stop the "chatter" in your mind and you'll be liberated. That's BS. The real problem is a lifetime of implicit mind-body unprocessed material that is kept out of awareness because of our standard state of attention and consciousness. The chattering mind is simply a symptom. I'm a therapist and I work very deeply with the body and emotions, so I am impressed how this practice does not create a dualism between the two. In fact, the majority of the practices are a contemplation of the spaces of the body.

I was so impressed with my initial experiences with this book and the practices that I bought 10-11 of the MP3's from the Open Focus website. I highly recommend doing this. Unlike the brain entrainment products, Dr. Fehmi doesn't appear to be a slick salesman. His work is more humble and not sold as a new-agey short cut technique but a grounded life long practice.

One last note, I had an insight when reading this book and listening to the MP3's: the highly glorified ancient meditative and spiritual practices were created in the contexts of the pre-industrial world for the pre-industrial mind. We are in a different age. I feel that we need a new medicine that meets us where we are at. Modern humans need something that gets us there quicker. Our beta wave states of mind are simply too entrenched for the old ways of meditation to be of much help to the masses. We also need significant bodily and emotional work.

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