mBIT + Blue Mind (What are They?)
What is mBraining?
If you are familiar with or have been researching professional and personal development you may think this is a typing error and that we in fact mean MBTI. In reality mBIT (otherwise labelled mBraining) is something totally different and whilst we do offer Myers Briggs Type Indicator as one of our psychometric tools, the two should never be confused.
Humour is one of our most powerful coaching tools. Did you know that the breathing shift created by laughter rebalances the autonomic nervous system (ANS)?
“mBraining” is a brand new personal development field supporting generative learning and mBIT refers to the associated tools and techniques. It was (and still is being) developed by Grant Soosalu and Marvin Oka to bring together the latest discoveries of neuroscience, behavioural modelling and esoteric wisdom, their website mBraining.com has plenty of fascinating information for you to explore.
Lizzi is one of the first 70 Certified and Licensed mBIT Trainers and one of the first 18 mBIT Master Coaches Globally qualified to train and certify mBIT Coaches in a fast evolving field. Couple mBraining with our unique approach which incorporates the latest enviro-psychology findings relating to water-centric environments and you have something pretty exciting to dive into.
Some mBraining Concepts:
1) It helps to breathe and by breathing we provide the necessary oxygen for our brains to function and develop, not many of us naturally breathe well.
2) We each have more than one brain (well certainly more than one “intelligence centre”). Yes I know – we were surprised to find this out too, but before you dismiss this as a little bit “woo woo” – have a think. Have you ever experienced a “my head says this but my heart just isn’t bought into it” moment? Or perhaps a “my heart is set on this but in my gut it just doesn’t feel right” dilemma? The chances are your body was attempting to provide you with some insight.
mBraining is both old and new – it is founded in behavioural modelling based on the latest neuroscience research and yet much of the insight relates to ancient philosophies and esoteric practices… Science is just catching up.
Our wiring quite literally demonstrates that making sense of our circumstances is not limited to the cranium and we have capacity to interpret our environment more fully by accessing our extended neural pathways.
3) We have the ability to rebalance ourselves to ensure all the actions we take are aligned to a true sense of who we are moment to moment. By consciously listening to and questioning our insights we can allow our true selves to manifest within the world we inhabit.
What can mBIT help with?
Essentially “Wise Decision Making” – Working with an aligned sense of self – in mBIT we seek, talk about and explore highest expressions and emergent wisdom. Unlike traditional coaching mBIT is less focused upon specific goals
The context for the discussion ie the current dilemma or opportunity is simply a backdrop for deeper self exploration.
Let’s be clear – we still have focus… whilst each mBIT discussion does indeed relate to bridging the gap between current and desired state. The primary goal is fully embodying the attitude and wisdom required to approach life and work in a way that will enable you to make the right choices for you and for other people.
With mBIT coaching we are working with ontology, epistemology, teleology and phenomonology – so clients see positive and generative shifts in their sense of who they are, what they know to be true, how they experience the world, what shows up in the world to them and their very sense of purpose… unclouded and revealed through a deeper exploration. This is vastly different to traditional coaching which explores values and beliefs, but essentially has a tendency to primarily target behavioural change. We also work to create new neural networks actively building intelligence.
How often have you experienced moments of stagnation or inner conflict such as those described above?
Our 3 “brains” or intelligences have been found to have primary functions and occasionally we can confuse the role of each, or favour one to the exclusion of another. Perhaps you have ignored your gut instinct at your peril or achieved a outcome and yet forgotten to ask your heart how important it really was in the broader scheme of things?
mBIT, through guided balanced breathing and exploration actively develops our ability to perceive and interpret our experiences forming new neural pathways and quite literally growing our brains! How cool is that!
Working to align our multiple brains we learn to access full wisdom:
Whatever the labels we apply with mBIT we are making a conscious choice to observe, listen and attend to the full range of intelligence and information available to us at any given time.
Why engage an mBIT certified coach / trainer?
mBIT Coaches work emergently and assist you in self authoring yourself within a changeable world.
An mBIT Coach is adept at facilitating “the now” – whilst there is a route map we follow the very nature of mBraining makes it impossible to be overly scripted or too process reliant. We have highly developed sensory acuity to observe and respond to the changes within you as they unfold.
The techniques we share will assist you long term to represent yourself fully with your highest expressions of: Compassion, Creativity and Courage.
Our foundation in NLP and APP ensures these skills are integrated into your mBIT coaching experiences and our Certified mBIT Coach Training Programmes therefore enriching your experience to unlock the potential within you wider systemic reality.
As a qualified yoga teacher the breathing exercises we adopt benefit from an in depth awareness of pranayama principles to enable you to easily develop your ability to balance your autonomic nervous system and manage your responses to previous emotional and physical de-railers.
How do we approach aligning our Multiple Brains?
We use an mBIT road map to guide you through connecting with your intelligences and their prime functions, addressing any neural integration constraints (NICs) or blockers. We use structured breathing exercises and timely questioning and can even provide you with bio feedback through measuring your heart rate to demonstrate exactly how your thinking and physiology interact.
mBIT video coming soon – watch this space! Can’t wait? Contact us and come and experience mBraining for yourself! If you would like to find out about attending our 4 Day mBIT Coach Certification Training please Contact us.
The over-arching aim of mBIT is to create systemic wisdom, so that we each make choices from a place of authenticity: fully expressing ourselves with compassionate intent, drawing upon creative insight and taking courageous action.
It is for this reason that we blend mBIT with applied neuro-conservation, since truly coherent choices are: pro-you, pro-social and pro-planet!
Read below to find out about the exciting field of neuro-conservation and join the Blue Mind conversation.
There has been a lot of academic research over the past few years into the impact of the outdoors on our health and well-being and the conversations relating to the findings are now hitting the mainstream media. We particularly have an affinity to the work of Wallace J Nichols relating to water and blue space, research which is truly diverse and multi-disciplinary in its enviro-psychological scope.
The impact of wave watching creates a light meditative state enabling you to tap into a deeper level of consciousness that is less accessible with the distractions of our technology-centric workstyles / lifestyles
“Blue space” has been found to positively impact health and well being – not only is this an intuitive claim, bio-feedback proves it! In water-centric locations, neuro-chemical responses in our bodies impact upon our emotional and physical energy, motivation, attentiveness and more.
The coast is a valuable location since the the vastness of a horizon as a potential “awe facilitator”, creates space to explore freely, thus enhancing flexibility and creativity. The natural landscapes are less complex than man made ones. When faced with a simpler backdrop such as the coast which provides regularity (in that there are patterns within any swell) together with a movement that lacks monotony there is less background noise to distract and compete for attention.
By slowing down and relaxing we can focus!
Have you ever noticed that you might have your most creative thoughts when daydreaming? Or perhaps in the early hours of the morning when half waking or before slumber when drifting off to sleep? When we have a less focused attention our thoughts move more freely than when we apply forced attentiveness. Natural coastal environments move towards this wakeful state of relaxation (theta) where the brain is free to attend to the question or insight that is most relevant to you.
Apart from being physically good for you, walking enables changing scenery which allows for a non directive attention, it also provides useful and less obvious non-verbal indicators that a skilled coach will identify and respond to. The outdoors a whole and particularly the coast and ocean are awash with metaphor and this lends itself to working with NLP and APP. Experienced coastal coaches will be able to utilise the landscape for the benefit of the client in a targeted yet informal approach which at its most elegant appears effortless.
Thought is great… action delivers change.
Since our memories are state dependent the experience of being coached at the beach in itself creates a powerful anchor for future actions. Motivation is a state of body and mind, energy facilitates energy where-as lethargy of body and mind create stagnation. When coastal coaching we engage our full body in solution finding, since it is our full body and mind we will require in the taking of action.
Our Blue Mind Coaching Approach
“Modern-day humans are drowning in a sea of over-stimulation that exhausts us physically, mentally and emotionally” Wallace J Nichols.
We integrate mBIT, NLP and APP using the outdoor environment and explore how you can more easily and more often access Blue Mind for the benefit of your health and well-being and also for your performance.
We explore triggers for you relating to three states of energy and attention using terms coined by WJN:
- Red Mind – edgy highs at best alert, aware and responsive at worst stressed anxious and fearful
- Grey Mind – numbed out, overly dissociated, lethargy
- Blue Mind – calm, centred, wisdom with a sense of wider connection as part of a greater whole
Did you know – the brain processes serially, it is impossible to multi-task. Excess background “noise” creates continual partial attention.
We also reconnect with simple qualities such as awe and gratitude. Emotions that can become lost within fast paced environments where raised benchmarks create a perception that cynicism holds status.
We work with your sensory awareness using techniques to develop your attention skills… to pay attention, not force attention.
Blue Mind “Collective / Tribe / Movement”
The latest research we are now carry out relates to awe and gratitude within blue space environments and how these impact upon motivation inspired by the work of Paul Piff a fellow Blue Mind ambassador, so Blue Mind is very much here to stay.
Whilst perhaps for you and for this consultancy, the most relevant aspects of Blue Mind relate to how water influences our health, wellbeing and wisdom (and therefore the coaching and consultancy approaches we use), the over-arching social and environmental aims of the Blue Mind Collective are also close to our hearts.
These align to our core ethos of “taking responsibility to tread more lightly”, so if you are interested in reading further or getting involved in the work we have included a link below to Dr Wallace J Nichols website whether your interest is in Blue Mind itself or his unique approach to collaborative leadership it is well worth a look.