freeze that mood!
Ok, on the basis of an inspiring 90 minutes last night, I am ready to (drum roll) endorse a product. As I've mentioned (a lot) I have very high-spirited (what my parents used to call aggravating) kids, who have issues with impulsiveness, self-restraint, and poking, kicking and yelling. Yesterday the Freeze-framer neurofeedback program I orderedarrived and instead of saving it for Hanukah as I'd planned (I have impulsiveness issues too) I installed it and both boys got right into a competition as to who could be most calm. What a concept! Instead of shooting missiles at enemy invaders, they were wrapping a sensor around their fingers which measured the "coherence" of their heart rates as they tried, just by determinedly relaxing, to move the image of a hot air balloon across a field.
What was especially moving for me about all this was watching the learning process in action. At first I saw them trying too hard to be calm -- brows furrowed, teeth gritted -- but when they started to get it right, a soothing bell would sound, and I could see the reinforcement taking place. By the time they got into bed, they looked amazingly peaceful.
We'll see what they choose tonight -- the balloon or enemy invaders, but the endorsement stands. I think Freeze-Framer's distributor, HeartMath, should donate this to middle schools.