Patrick is a Cognitive-Behavioral Hypnotherapist with HOLISTIC LONDON. For information about his work, visit here.
Can you lead yourself to where you want to go? To what you want to do? When you want to do it?
You may have seen the movie The Horse Whisperer. In that film, Robert Redford helps a young girl recover from a horse riding accident and helps her horse to heal. The approach that the horse whisperers use is based on listening. They learn to read the body language. In order to do so, they have to switch off everything else.
When we try to listen to ourselves, much of the time we can't hear the wisdom of the body because we are overwhelmed by the busy-ness of life and all that we have to do. Like horses, we can become “spooked” and unable to respond to any positive support and suggestions.
Self-hypnosis is a quick way to quieten the mind. When the mind is quiet, wisdom for what is best for yourself can arise and be heard. The muddy water settles down and you can see clearly.
When teaching self-hypnosis, I help people let go of tension in the body by slowly releasing the breath. This facilitates letting go of the tensions in the mind. When the mind calms the body, in return, the body quiets the mind.
Once your mind is calm, be a “listener” of your body. What is your body trying to tell you? What does it want? How do you really need?
Once you have tuned in, and received the messages of your body, this is a good time to then respond with a gentle suggestion. Perhaps you might affirm, “I can relax and allow my needs to be fulfilled,” or “It is safe for me to pursue the things I need and want for myself.”
Make a plan to do little everyday, and decide to start with 5 minutes. If you want to go running, you would start with short runs, and increase every day, as you get more fit. The same is valid for an activity to relax the mind.
Like the horse whisperer, start with being appreciative and loving towards yourself when you initiate the exercise.
Why not use this festive season to give it a try?