Mindfulness at school reduces likelihood of depression

June 19th, 2013 § Comments Off on Mindfulness at school reduces likelihood of depression § permalink

Recent studies have shown that teaching mindfulness at school reduces the likelihood of depression related symptoms in adolescents.

Mindfulness training – we hear a lot about it these days. Mindfulness is officially taught in psychology courses now, and gaining popular support in a variety of communities and cultures. Incorporating mindfulness into our public schools would be an excellent next step for this country. Recent studies (LINK) have shown that teaching mindfulness at school reduces the likelihood of depression related symptoms in adolescents.

This makes sense if you understand that depression is often the result of negative downward spiral thinking about past events. By remaining focused on the present moment, which is what mindfulness is, the self-defeating pull of depression can be avoided.

Hypnosis is an excellent tool that you can use to train, or condition, your mind to stay focused on the present moment. Whether you use self-hypnosis or listen to hypnosis recordings prepared by a professional hypnotherapist, such as myself at Intuitive Hypnosis, you can successfully reduce the likelihood of experiencing depression related symptoms regardless of your life situation.

There are many options available when it comes to mindfulness training, each with the same result in mind – to be at peace with what is, to remain focused on the present moment, and learn to accept. Hypnosis can help you develop that discipline, and maintain the peace of mind that comes with staying present. Give it a try, you’ll be glad you did!

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.

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