Stillness Posted on 18 Feb 19:03 , 0 comments
Many people would say
they have a very busy life; almost every minute of the day is filled with some form of physical or mental activity. If the body isn’t active usually the mind is, and to such an extent where thoughts are constantly running amok.
Sleep problems are on the increase, which can be caused by the inability to switch off from the problems of the day. When people do sleep they may have restless sleep and anxious dreams, as the mind attempts to make sense of, and then store thoughts.
The mind can be perceived to be like a computer, as data is received, it is stored on disc, and hidden away for future use. Our conscious (rational) mind does the same, and stores information that is not currently needed within the files of the sub-conscious mind.
Over time some of this information may get lost or corrupted by new information. Some old information can be re-triggered and the relevant files are retrieved to be re-evaluated and compared with new information. Our emotions affect the information which remains hidden within the computer, or hits the memory buttons which re-stimulate certain thoughts.
Having a busy mind
can be an attempt to control thoughts and emotions on a conscious and rational level. However, that often leads to overload of the system, and then stress, anxiety and sleep problems occur. The evolution of modern society dictates to a certain extent our lifestyles, which affects our thought processes and coping mechanisms. This is having a negative impact on many people to the extent that they feel unable to switch off or feel guilty if they are not constantly thinking, planning and doing.
Some of you will now have heard of ‘Mindfulness’, a meditation approach, which helps to still the mind, and keep you in the present moment, as you focus on the breath, or the details of objects around you.
Relaxation, Yoga and other meditative practices also follow the principle of stilling the mind, bringing the attention inwards rather than on outside concerns, or the chatter of the mind.
However, these practices need personal discipline and commitment. We follow the same principles in the techniques we teach within Hypnotherapy sessions. Hypnosis helps to balance the communication between the conscious and subconscious minds. During a session which is recorded to listen to for home use, relaxation is instilled and reinforced with each listening, which assists the mind to create the required changes.
A still mind gives time and space
for the subconscious to calibrate and make sense of relevant information. The whole body is affected when there is stillness, and just as in sleep, it can rejuvenate, as the mind shifts and stores information, and deletes that which no longer fits. When you feel stillness in your mind, it is also felt within the heart, creating positive feelings and improving coping mechanisms. This further reinforces clarity of mind, and with a sharper mind, brings more thoughtful action.
Stillness, even for just a few moments at a time, is beneficial for you on so many levels. View our self-help and well-being audio programs at www.healthyaudiohypnosis.com