Can Integrative Body Mind Training Help with Anger?

Integrative Body Mind Training – What is it?

When you get to the bottom, don’t forget to download the free MP3 mindfulness exercise.

Integrative Body Mind Training (IBMT) is a mindfulness model with some recent research to back up its claim to effectiveness. It appears that a short course in IBMT can sooth the savage stress beast.

The aim in IBMT is a little bit counter-intuitive, and it does fit well with anger flexibility. It is something that is challenging because of its nature. When doing IBMT. the instruction is to allow the flow of thought whether positive or negative, not to avoid or control them.

As reported by the blog, ShrinkRap,

IBMT is not yet available in the United States beyond the research being done at the UO. The practice avoids struggles to control thought, relying instead on a state of restful alertness, allowing for a high degree of body-mind awareness while receiving instructions from a coach, who provides breath-adjustment guidance and mental imagery and other techniques while soothing music plays in the background. Thought control is achieved gradually through posture, relaxation, body-mind harmony and balanced breathing. A good coach is critical, Tang said.

The need for a coach makes it difficult to attempt on your own. The coach’s job is to  watch body and facial movements and reactions and discern whether or not this flow of thought is disturbed. A furrowed brow, stiffness in posture, or change in breathing may be signs of strain or resistance.

If you have ever tried mindfulness exercises, you my understand the tendency to get “caught up” in a specific thought or train of thoughts, or drift off into grocery lists or the chores and tasks you are not doing when meditating.

Meditation is effective at building up the cortex, the thinking part of the brain. This can help to keep the amygdala – the pissed off almond shaped rascal that is often hot to trot in anger situations – in check.

Mindfulness gets a whole section in Dropping the Rope: A Flexible Approach to Anger, the AngerFlex book and workbook that will be available this fall. Sign up for the newsletter. I will keep you up to date on the progress on the book.

Here is a free downloadable mp3 that may help you get started noticing the thoughts that go through your head when meditating. It’s called Train of Thought.  It isn’t perfect, but give it a try!

Train Of Thought (586)

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