By Kelvin A Smith

According to scientists the human mind is a miracle in itself. The thinking processes going on in the mind do not follow any boundaries. And that is why, the struggle of mankind to keep their mind peaceful and calm is also very old. Hypnosis and meditation are some of those practices that have been followed by all races and cultures in one form or another in order to achieve some mental peace and harmony

The fundamental purpose of meditation and hypnosis is directing awareness and focusing attention in the pursuit of understanding, peace and healing. The need for meditation and hypnosis has also been increasing day by day, because of the increasing number of stimuli present in our environment. Few believe that it is against the function of the human mind to focus, and thus it is a difficult ritual to continue. I disagree, because I believe that the human mind does possess a tendency to concentrate and focus, and it is rather simple to incorporate this activity into our daily lives.

Let me make it clear by giving you an example. Imagine you are standing on a crowded train platform with the noise and images of thousands of passengers, trains and other objects around you. Suddenly your phone rings, you will manage to focus your hearing on the speaker’s words. You might need to read a train schedule, you will not have to indulge in hard labor to focus on the words written, and after all, it is your mind that is playing all these games side by side. Therefore, the ability of individuals to concentrate is natural and necessary.

Thus, the fundamental rule upon which meditation and hypnosis construct their structure is the ability to unconsciously filter extraneous stimuli while consciously directing and focusing attention. The slight difference between the two is that in meditation, the purpose may be simple relaxation, the altering of awareness or the pursuit of inner wisdom and enlightenment by the direct experience of moment to moment reality. Hypnosis recognizes and exploits the therapeutic value of consciously directing awareness and focusing attention.

Well, one more thing to understand is that it is not just about the outer stimuli that are present in our environment, as mentioned in the train platform example, the thoughts that are constantly produced in our minds also disturb our psychological well-being. A human brain always engages itself with some thoughtful ideas. Sometimes these thoughts are focused on a task and sometimes they are simple emotions, desires, judgements, concerns or worries.

Whatever the case is, the activeness of the brain does not allow us to relax even for a second. And the situation gets worse if the thinking consists of worries, fears and other negative thoughts often stemming from factors beyond personal control and becomes frustratingly repetitive and self-critical.

The occasional happening of this phenomenon is considered perfectly normal behavior, but the consistent thinking of this kind makes the individual a victim of psychological disorders. This constant bombardment of external negative influences and habitual internal negative thinking generates all kinds of troubling issues; from lack of confidence and social anxiety to depression and other psychological conditions, including coping behavior like substance abuse and addiction of all kinds. At this point, hypnosis and meditation can help in living a better quality life.

Hypnosis, which is generally appreciated for general relaxation and stress release, is more often considered a therapeutic involvement dealing with specific issues over a certain period of time. Meditation, on the other hand, is considered as an on-going effort that supports general health and sense of well-being. That is why meditation is a practice that can be followed throughout one’s life.

How meditation works is a question with many answers. The simplest of all can be explained as a state where a person experiences an empty mind; the main objective to achieve but difficult to attain. Meditation is actually a voyage of self-realization, to make real by direct experience, that we are not our thoughts and that there is a more permanent, more stable self beneath the level of thinking. The deeper you go into this realization the better results you will observe in your life in terms of mental, physical and spiritual health. All you have to do is to focus on some object; whether an image, a phrase or simply your breath for a predetermined length of time. After some time you will notice that you could stretch it from 5-10 minutes daily to 20 or 30 minutes every day.

Hypnosis, on the other hand, is an altered state of awareness or perception in which the body is highly relaxed and the mind is sharply focused and approachable to therapeutic instructions. Please do not misinterpret it as the loss of consciousness. With the help of a hypnotherapist the subject gradually enters a very aware, deeply relaxed state where the mind is able to sustain recommended changes in moods and behavior.

Edinburgh hypnotherapy is a service which is an example of where you can find a trustworthy, qualified and experienced therapist to help you focus and bring satisfaction and happiness to your life.

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