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The Open-focus Brain: Harnessing the Power of Attention to Heal Mind and Body (Book & CD) [Paperback]

Les Fehmi , Jim Robbins
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21 Nov 2008 Book & CD
In this breakthrough health book, Dr. Les Fehmi - a pioneering researcher and clinician - teams up with an award-winning science writer to present a disarmingly simple idea: the way we pay attention in daily life plays a critical role in our health and well-being. Through decades of clinical practice and research, Dr. Fehmi has found that different forms of attention affect the brain's electrical activity, which in turn has a profound impact on our mental and physical health. Too many of us are stuck in an emergency, fight-or-flight mode of attention: a tense, narrow survival mode in which we focus only on avoiding danger and calamity, to the exclusion of all else.Many of us have simply lost access to a more relaxed, diffuse, and creative form of attention, which Dr. Fehmi calls 'Open Focus'. This highly readable and empowering book offers straightforward explanations and simple exercises on how to shift away from narrow-focus attention to a calmer, more open style of attention that reduces stress, improves health, and enhances performance. The book features seven essential attention exercises for improving health, along with an audio CD in which the author guides the reader through the two most important and effective exercises.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Trumpeter Books; 1 Pap/Com edition (21 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590306120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590306123
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open Focus is a breakthrough for me 9 Aug 2008
By Stephen Luff TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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The first review sums it all up really.. The Book teaches you how to move your attention to one of a relaxed peaceful state and away from the Narrow stressed out attention we give everything in our lives.

I started reading this on a plane and the long flight was effortless light and relaxed. I knew something was working but just felt like a weight lifting from my head...And I was watching everything from a different perspective.
It does feel like daydreaming but you are in an alert State. Now I drive my car in this state and not rushing round like a Madman thinking how fast I get to nothing of importance.
Anyone who stresses, worries and complains about the least thing needs to look at the open focus book.
Life's there to live and I hope I can make this permanent in my stressful life caused by no one else but me..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking good sel-help book 13 Dec 2010
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I think this is really interesting work and links nicely with Alexander Technique. I didn't like the constant testimonial stories to back the work up - 'Paul had this problem and after only 10 sessions was completely cured ' stuff - like somehting out of cure for baldness advert ! But the work is really good - start thinking in a 3 dimensional way, and your brain will coem to a nice alpha wave state - a balanced alertness that makes movement and life seem easy and effortless. It had an immediate effect on me and my own work in AT and this was just from reading it, not having to listen to CD. I highly recommend the OPen Focus Brain approach.
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When you read this book you will probably ask why didn't they teach me this at school? This book has been more important than all the self-help books on stress and internal balance that I have read so far. It proposes a scientifically proven method to empty the mind and heart so as to be able to approach any daily activity with full presence and creativity. Jim Robbins has managed to explain in exciting text and easy to read language over 30 years of Dr Fehmi's research into brain function. The book proposes a method to pay attention to whatever we do, think and feel in a way that takes away the wear and tear on mind and body of negative emotions and emergency thinking.

The accompanying CD is a gem; it contains two powerful exercises to give your nervous system a good break from daily stressors. In what I have experienced myself and seen among friends and family, the exercises can help alleviate anything from a simple headache to high levels of anxiety. The method deserves an important place among the drug-free tools to address the mind/body issues of living on the fast lane.
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