Episode 6 | Patrick K. Porter, Ph.D. | 3 Easy Steps to Banish Bad Habits

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Our habits and routines – many of which have become ingrained in our subconscious over the course of years – have a tremendous impact on our overall health and happiness. Anyone who has tried to lose weight knows that habits are a key component of weight loss (and that losing weight is not simply a calories in/calories out equation). Whether you wake up and start your day with green tea and meditation or coffee and a cigarette, we train ourselves to engage in certain routines, and it can be very challenging to break free from those routines. Enter this week’s guest, Dr. Patrick Porter, who has been on the cutting edge of brain wave training technology for over 28 years.

Through his Brain Tap Technology, Dr. Porter helps clients unlock their potential and break the detrimental habits they’ve become stuck with. Dr. Porter explains that our brains develop circuits which are “wired and fired” in response to a habit or routine; when a routine changes, our neurology experiences a missing at a cellular level and simply doesn’t know what to do. It is possible, however, to disrupt a routine by shaking up our physiology first (just as an athlete would do when preparing to practice or perform).

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Our habits and routines – many of which have become ingrained in our subconscious over the course of years – have a tremendous impact on our overall health and happiness. Anyone who has tried to lose weight knows that habits are a key component of weight loss (and that losing weight is not simply a calories in/calories out equation). Whether you wake up and start your day with green tea and meditation or coffee and a cigarette, we train ourselves to engage in certain routines, and it can be very challenging to break free from those routines. Enter this week’s guest, Dr. Patrick Porter, who has been on the cutting edge of brain wave training technology for over 28 years.

Through his Brain Tap Technology, Dr. Porter helps clients unlock their potential and break the detrimental habits they’ve become stuck with. Dr. Porter explains that our brains develop circuits which are “wired and fired” in response to a habit or routine; when a routine changes, our neurology experiences a missing at a cellular level and simply doesn’t know what to do. It is possible, however, to disrupt a routine by shaking up our physiology first (just as an athlete would do when preparing to practice or perform).

“You get what you rehearse in life, not what you intend.”

The Connection Between Physiology and Psychology

A golden rule of changing a habit is to mentally rehearse what you want to happen and shift your physiology at the same time. Physiology is inextricably linked to psychology (which is why exercise is so important in changing one’s moods); if you stay in the same physiology, you stay in the same thought pattern. The key is to get the brain wiring and firing differently. Dr. Porter developed a Stop Sign Technique for clients to utilize when they find themselves in the midst of a negative thought or pattern: he instructs them to say, “Stop,” and start thinking of three things they can do differently in that moment. If they are unable to think of three practical things to do, he advises they think of three ridiculous things to do. The brain likes doing things outside the normal course of action, but people typically don’t feel comfortable doing these things. But simply think about doing something ridiculous, and the brain will respond favorably. The more game-like we can make change, the more our brains will create beneficial neural networks.

Progressive Relaxation and Conscious Sleeping

Conscious sleeping is a progressive relaxation technique which guides people toward thinking loving, positive thoughts about different parts of the body. Bedtime is an ideal time to practice progressive relaxation exercises. Dr. Porter leads podcast listeners through a basic exercise:

Close your eyes. Take a few deep, cleansing breaths, focus on the tips of your toes and fingers, and imagine those parts of the body going loose. Repeat this process, sending loving, positive energy through all parts of your body. Notice any tightness in your body and breathe into those parts of the body, then breathe out with a deep sigh and notice as those body parts respond to the breathing. As you love and appreciate yourself, your body will begin to operate at a different, more beneficial, level.

If you go to sleep worried, fearful, and stressed, your brain will be thinking of things outside of your control, which can potentially cause sleep disorders. The goal with conscious sleeping is to get the brain focused on your health and vitality.

Brain Wave Tug-of-War

How do we manipulate our brain waves to keep us in a more focused or relaxed state? Most people are operating in a constant state of tug-of-war between their Beta and Delta brain waves, a battle which often causes sleep disorders. It is, however, possible to incorporate more Alpha – and eventually, Theta – brain waves through cyclic breathing, which helps regulate the heart. “Coherency” is how our brain and heart communicate. As we stimulate the relationship between the brain and the heart, the rest of the body falls in line.

The Alpha brain wave state is a timeless, creative state – what we experience when we are doing something we truly enjoy. The body feels younger and more energized. We are able to manipulate our brain waves through breath work, and train the brain to move out of the Beta state and into healing states of Alpha and Theta. At nighttime, as you think through your day, let negative thoughts go and visualize how you’d do things differently in the future. Your creative mind will make it happen and the brain will start setting up change in concert with your visualizations. You attract what you dwell on most, so the goal is to focus on the positive and eliminate the negative.

“There’s no time for should-ing all over yourself!”

Light Therapy

Dr. Porter explains that light is the key nutrient most of us have never learned about. Throughout the day, most people get stuck in “sympathetic overload,” when consistent stress triggers the fight or flight stimulus in the body. Brain Tap’s light therapy technology focuses primarily on the nervous system. By using light to broadcast a frequency through the body’s meridian points, the body gets the light it needs, rebalances itself, and increases circulation and blood flow. When we are stressed, our capillaries restrict and blood flow lessens. Light therapy helps people “tame the tension tiger” by relaxing the nervous system, opening circulation, and triggering nitric oxide (the “innate intelligence” of the body).

Sound Waves

We all know that music has a major impact on our energy: certain music lifts our spirits, makes us fall in love, helps us relax. We are energy beings living in an energy economy, and music brings us energy. The key is to select the right soundtrack for our actions (for example, we wouldn’t want to listen to heavy rock while trying to meditate). New Age music, such as Enya, taps into our Alpha waves: the brain falls into a state of super-memory and we can start to manifest what we want to accomplish. The subconscious in turn begins to provide us with the evidence that we can achieve our goals.

Three Things You Can Do Today to Change a Habit:

1). Go to sleep consciously.

2). Use the Stop Sign Technique when you find yourself experiencing a negative thought or

pattern you want to change.

3). Be willing to do something poorly at first. You have to be able to laugh at yourself.

“Anything worth doing well is worth doing terribly at first.”

Learn more about Dr. Patrick Porter’s work:

www.braintapstore.com

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