Patrick is a Cognitive-Behavioral Hypnotherapist with HOLISTIC LONDON. For information about his work, visit here.
Do you (really) know why you do what you do?
Do you switch on the TV so you won’t feel alone?
Do you shop in order to give the impression you are doing something useful?
(And a very common one...)
Are you spending long hours at the office as a way to avoid being at home with your spouse?
Becoming aware of why you do what you do can be the key to changing what keeps you stuck, so you can improve the quality of your life.
Here is a simple technique, for helping you become aware of something that you are avoiding:
1. Go for a walk. Ideally, do this in a park, or on a quiet path – a place where your attention is stimulated but also where your subconscious can be processing in the background.
2. Choose a behavior or an area of your life which seems a bit discordant or out of balance. Make your intention clear, i.e.: “Is there something behind my behavior? If so, what is it?”
3. Let this intention simmer as you walk. Allow your subconscious to reveal the insights. There is no need to repeat the intention to yourself as long as you are clear about your enquiry.
4. Gently notice your stream of thought, and you may recognize certain insights coming through.
5. Feel appreciative about any revelations that appear, and continue wondering if there is something else.
6. When you have finished and have some clarity about the motivations behind your behavior, you can decide: Should you keep going on in your life as it is, or might you start addressing what you have been avoiding?
This way of relating with your subconscious may seem simple, but it can lead to profound insights and changes.