Now, one of the lovely things about mindfulness is that it can be tricky to practice but very satisfying once taught. Anyone can do mindfulness in almost any environment from your car to your office desk or a park to a busy venue. As with all habits, they become better with practice so finding time to incorporate mindfulness as part of your life every day would be an advantage. To help you begin, I offer a free mindfulness CD/MP3 with every first session and this gives you an understanding of how to build and create your own way to create that inner peace and calm.
What is the difference between mindfulness and hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy utilises your imagination (guided imagery) to its best potential and being guided by your therapist, allows your mind to create new thoughts and actions by using stories, analogies, imagination and goal setting.
Mindfulness is not to be confused with positive thinking and instead is about not dwelling on any particular thought. We do not focus on the thinking that we are trained from a young age to draw upon to create answers or reactions but instead, learn to be with our thoughts.
Through practice, concentration and focus you can be at one with yourself and develop an understanding and unique friendship with your mind and your body. Mindfulness is not about doing but about being and is a practice that can never be done wrong or right as one of the many concepts of mindfulness is that there is no judgment or criticism. Learning to solely focus on the here and now/in the present moment with yourself we can allow ourselves to experience life as if it were all new and we are seeing it for the first time (The Beginners Mind). If you take a moment to realise what is causing you worry or concern it most probably is because your mind is drawing in from past experiences and future assumptions or even other peoples opinions and experiences, all of which have no relevance to here and now. Being in the present moment makes this moment a new experience and can create limitless potential.
Mindfulness has been studied in many clinical trials and evidence supports the effectiveness of such practice for conditions such as
There are many different ways you can incorporate mindfulness into your life and the most common way to begin is related with food.
Here is an exercise for you to try.
Take a raisin and hold it in one hand, then concentrate on it as if it is unique . Look at it searchingly. Notice how many grooves there are in it. How many little raised bobbles. Whether the colour is the same throughout. Whether it’s symmetrical or misshapen. Use your eyes to really, examine it intently.
After a minute or so, alter your focus to the feel of it. You might want to close your eyes. Does it feel smooth? Soft? Sticky? Rough where the grooves are? Roll it between your middle finger and your thumb. Concentrate on what you are feeling as you touch and hold it.
Now lift the raisin to your nose. Is there any scent to it? Breathe in slowly and notice any aroma.
Next gently place your raisin in your mouth. Just let it lie on your tongue for a while. Then move it around inside your mouth. Gently play with it. Ponder on the vague taste of it.
Eventually, press your teeth onto it without biting through it. What do you notice? A change of smell? A building sense of sweetness? Focus on the experience and how intense the flavour is. Then, gently bite right through it – and become aware of how the taste increases and lingers on your tongue. Suck gently, noticing how fruity your saliva is as the raisin loses its shape and form. When you are ready, swallow it.
Sit awhile, noticing the sensation as the raisin begins its journey down to your stomach. Become aware of the taste and smell that remains in your mouth and the slight stickiness on your fingers.
Breathe in and out slowly.