Lind-Kyle, Patt. Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain: Applying the Exciting New Science of Brain Synchrony for Creativity, Peace and Presence. Energy Psychology. Oct. 2009. c.253p. illus. ISBN 978-1-60415-056-8. $26.95 with audio CD. PSYCH
A therapist, trainer, and longtime meditator, Lind-Kyle (When Sleeping Beauty Wakes Up) writes superbly about the relationship between meditation and the brain. Dividing her book into two sections, she begins with an in-depth scientific discussion of the anatomy of the brain, its evolution, and how our thought processes work. Using an electroencephalograph, Lind-Kyle has been able to measure and monitor mind states and identify when brain waves are out of balance. She presents brain research that shows how meditation can reshape the nature of the mind. In Part 2, readers will find detailed discussion of how using mind-training techniques can help them access the centers of the brain in order to bring about change in their mindset and thought patterns. With the use of a meditation CD, the author leads readers through several meditation techniques. VERDICT For those who just want to learn how to meditate, there are other books, e.g., Paul Wilson’s Finding the Quiet, that will satisfy. For those who also want to know why it works, this book is a great resource.—Phyllis Goodman, West Chester Lib., OH
Carswell, Rebecca & others. The Group: An Amazing Way To Achieve Success, Happiness & Extraordinary Relationships. DC Pr. Jul. 2009. c.150p. ISBN 978-1-932021-38-7. $16.95. SELF-HELP
This book’s underlying premise makes sense—that the whole equals more than the sum of its parts and that multiple minds offer more ideas, wisdom, and powers than does a single individual. The authors, who work in hypnotherapy, consulting, massage therapy, and advertising, joined forces in the spirit of “group manifesting” to nurture personal dreams and improve all aspects of their lives. Their instructions for forming similar dream teams are inspiring but most likely too challenging for average self-helpers. Perhaps a better fit for hyperambitious business types.