Bestselling author Lynda Dyer has written eight books that touch on a vast array of topics. At first glance, they don't seem especially related. But to hear the prolific Australian writer tell it, there are several common threads running through all of her works.
"Nutrition, exercise and mindset, those are three things that are in all my books. How are we thinking, how are we acting, and what sorts of thinking are we (consuming)?" she said, reached at her home in Sydney.
The certified neuro-linguistic programming trainer is coming to Whistler this week to deliver three talks that will combine her many interests and areas of expertise. On May 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bear Paw Yoga Studio, she will be discussing ways to heal the immune system after she reportedly cured herself of lupus, mostly through holistic medicine and diet, a journey she details in her 2015 book,
Life After Lupus.
"Every second person in the universe has an immune disorder, from ... diabetes to depression, and they're all based on how the immune system is functioning, and if it's functioning well, then they're not going to get those (conditions)," she said.
The second talk, on May 6, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Whistler Public Library, will discuss ways to shift the common outlook on aging, based on research she compiled for her most recent book, Age is an Attitude.
"It's about doing whatever you love, and I think we've lost that. This working four jobs thing, that's what my father did, that's what I did, and it's just not worth it," she explained. "These societal pressures are half the problem. If we could love who we are and love what we do, we would actually vibrate at a whole different (frequency) to our children, to everybody we come in contact with. We would only work those jobs that we love to do."
The final talk, on May 7 at Myrtle Philip Community School, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., will look at how to "create confident kids," based on the 2016 book of the same name. Dyer, who has worked with children for decades, said the key to instilling confidence in our kids is to first make an effort to truly understand them.
"We need to learn about kids ... so we can communicate more effectively," she said, adding that, with more distractions than ever before, many children have a seemingly endless supply of coping mechanisms that prevents them from forging their own positive self-image and autonomy.
"We often supress our negative feelings with the drugs, the alcohol, the food. We use those things, but they're not the real problem," she said.
"I think now, we have so many other options to supress (our feelings of inadequacy). Our peer group can guide us down that crazy path. I think we don't have enough of our own intestinal fortitude, or guts, to say, 'I don't want to go down that path.'"
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