Strategic Mindfulness: Hypnosis for Strengthening Wellness
By Dr. Jason Bluemlein
Mindfulness practice, inherited from the Buddhist tradition, is increasingly being employed in Western psychology to alleviate a variety of mental and physical conditions, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, depression, PTSD and in the prevention of relapse in depression and drug addiction. Several definitions of mindfulness have been used in modern psychology. According to various prominent psychological definitions, Mindfulness refers to a psychological quality that involves bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis, or involves paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally, or involves a kind of nonelaborative, nonjudgmental, present-centered awareness in which each thought, feeling, or sensation that arises in the attentional field is acknowledged and accepted as it is offered a two component model of mindfulness: The first component of mindfulness involves the self-regulation of attention so that it is maintained on immediate experience, thereby allowing for increased recognition of mental events in the present moment. The second component involves adopting a particular orientation toward one’s experiences in the present moment, an orientation that is characterized by curiosity, openness, and acceptance. Combining mindfulness practice with clinical hypnosis is a powerful way to strengthen its impact.
Too often, ideas about hypnosis are founded on myths and misconceptions. Clinical hypnosis is not mind control. It has nothing to do with the bizarre concepts shown in movies, nor is it anything like entertainment or “stage hypnosis”. Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention. It is like using a magnifying glass to focus the rays of the sun and make them more powerful. Similarly, when our minds are concentrated and focused, we are able to use our minds more powerfully. Because hypnosis allows people to use more of their potential, learning self-hypnosis is an ultimate act of self-control. Clinical hypnosis is a tool that you can use to enhance your own health and well-being. People who use self-hypnosis strategies are awake, aware, in control, they remember everything and nothing is being done to them. Hypnosis is combining a heightened state of awareness while simultaneously being deeply and profoundly relaxed.
We live in a “Get Set, Ready and Go” world and an increasing body of research suggests that our hypervigilant lifestyles are significantly impacting the health of our bodies. Our daily stressors are constantly activating our nervous systems, priming our bodies for action. Unlike healthy, competitive athletes, the stresses in our bodies are not released from the pressures generated by our chronic fears and concerns. Almost every major illness that people acquire can be linked to chronic stress.
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This is a self-hypnosis relaxation recording. This recording is a tool that can be used in an attempt to reduce overall stress levels. Regular and consistent practice at relaxation is encouraged.
2. Starting with Relaxing Breath
3. Fractional Relaxation
4. Deepening the State
5. Safe Place: Cue Control Relaxation
6. Wise Self: Autogenic Relaxation
7. Energy Spiral
8. Light Stream
9. Parasympathetic Breathing
10. Dream Incubation