Rewiring brain waves through meditation techniques or mindfulness used to entail bellying up to an Eastern guru at a temple. Preferably in another land. When I was a graduate student in Ann Arbor, Michigan, some acquaintances were making pilgrimages to India and other exotic lands for enlightenment.
Me? I took the road more traveled. For three years I ranted about my mother in a type of psychoanalysis with David W. Harder, now a professor at Tufts. It took a 12-step program to realize that I, not my mother, was the problem. So, I opted for rewiring.
For too long I assumed that the transformation would only come embedded with the beliefs of Buddhism. And that's what I did. But because mindfulness was going mainstream in the U.S. there was no need to take a pilgrimage abroad.
Now I discover in Tucson, Arizona there are secular centers for mindfulness. No shaved heads, silk robes or bowing rituals. Just the meat and potatoes of how to calm my mind.