Mindfulness, Self-Knowledge, and Hypnosis

May 15th, 2013 § Comments Off on Mindfulness, Self-Knowledge, and Hypnosis § permalink

Mindfulness, self-knowledge, and hypnosis – Hypnosis can be used to create and reinforce the habit of mindfulness, which in turn allows you to get to know yourself from a new perspective.

Nobody knows us as well as we know ourselves, but have you ever really considered how well you know yourself? What would you say if I told you that for the first six to seven years of your life, your subconscious mind was downloading all the experiences that you witnessed other people having, as your own, in addition to the experiences you were having? It explains a lot, doesn’t it?

Perhaps you’ve wondered why you are the way you are, why you have certain values or beliefs. Often times, when we think about it, our conscious mind doesn’t always agree with the way our values and beliefs manifest in our daily lives. So what gives? Can the practice of mindfulness really help us learn more about ourselves? According to Know Thyself: How Mindfulness Can Improve Self-Knowledge mindfulness CAN help us gain a more accurate perspective on our thoughts and behaviors.

Mindfulness is a prominent part of my work with clients at Intuitive Hypnosis in Portland, Oregon. I use it as a part of my own personal practice, to get out of my own way so I can be open to what my clients really need. And, I teach mindfulness as a means of releasing negative thinking patterns that often manifest in procrastination, self doubt, worry, fear, substance abuse, depression, and more.

Mindfulness is very simple at it’s core. It’s nothing more than paying attention to your current experience (e.g., thoughts, feelings) and observing them in a non-judgmental manner. As you focus on your current experience, you become aware of how most of your thoughts revolve around past and future, and are really NOT relevant to the current situation.

Hypnosis is a simple way to expedite the habit of mindfulness, and good habits are a good thing.

Breast Cancer, PTSD, and Hypnosis

March 4th, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

It is normal to have a strong emotional reaction when you receive a diagnosis of cancer. However, according to this report, (Breast Cancer and PTSD) nearly one in four women (23 percent) newly diagnosed with breast cancer reported symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) shortly after diagnosis, with increased risk among black and Asian women.

Symptoms of PTSD generally fall into 3 categories, including, intrusive memories, avoidance and numbing, and increased anxiety or emotional arousal (hyper-arousal). When we experience a traumatizing event our brains are unable to process the event properly. The combination of hypnosis and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) can greatly relieve and often eliminate the symptoms of PTSD.

Living with a cancer diagnosis is hard enough. Learning self-hypnosis not only aides in the relief of PTSD symptoms, it actually increases your rate of recovery by allowing your mind and body to create an environment for healing. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, learn how to utilize hypnosis, you’ll feel better if you do!

Exaggerating is a Bad Idea

February 15th, 2013 § Comments Off on Exaggerating is a Bad Idea § permalink

Exaggerating is a great way to convey the intensity of emotion we have around a specific idea, event, or situation. When we are excited about something, good or bad, and we really, REALLY want others to know how intensely excited we are, it is common to “embellish” the facts. And if we tell our story a little louder, or softer than usual, people pay attention.

So where’s the problem? Well, taking into consideration that our bodies respond to our thoughts and emotions, even when they don’t reflect the truth, you can see where you may be causing undue hardship on your physiology by exaggerating.

Think about the times you’ve been watching TV and tears came to your eyes, or maybe you recognize the signs of anxiety and stress when you get all wrapped up in a book you’re reading about violence. Our bodies respond to what we are thinking about.

If you have a work situation that is bothering you and you are complaining about it, and exaggerating the facts, your body will respond to the intensity of what you are saying, and you can actually make yourself sick. If you really feel the need to vent about problems at work, or home, or anywhere, think about the words you’re saying as you vent. And more importantly, think about how YOU feel when you’re telling your story. You may find that most of your stories are better left untold.

Learning to stay in the present moment and focusing on what “is” instead of what was or what should be, is more than just a good idea. It’s CRITICAL to your well-being!

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