Why Mind Over Matter...Matters (Part2)
In part one of this article, we discussed the awesome power of positive thinking and the beneficial effects on the physical body. Here, we will elaborate more on self-hypnosis as a way to use the mind to positively impact the body.
Self-hypnosis is a way to increase positive belief. Hypnosis allows you to get to that deep state of relaxation where you bypass the critical beta mind. Once in a relaxed trance state it's good to imagine or visualize your body as perfectly healthy and repeat positive affirmations to yourself about your body being in perfect health.
How does one get into a trance state? One way, of course, is to see a hypnotherapist who will use techniques to hypnotize you. Another way is to hypnotize yourself using self-hypnosis. The simple version is this: Sit in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and begin actively imagining your body relaxing. Take several deep breathes, breathing in relaxation and exhaling any tensions. Start with your feet and imagine them as deeply relaxed. The video below (by SWSE.org.uk), offers helpful tips for starting the self-meditation process.
According to Medical News Today, there are 7 different types of self-meditation. It is simple to do and can lead to a much healthier and happier life. Anyone interested in using meditation techniques should not be thrown off by the learning curve because it does take "time to master, as does any other skill". Trying the different techniques can ensure that you may find a style that best suits you.
Work your way up your body, imagining that every breath you take brings the relaxation up into the rest of your body. Take your time. It's not a race. When you're through actively imaging your body relaxed, take yourself even deeper and imagine yourself going down an elevator, or a staircase, imagining every step down you're getting even deeper. I use a staircase of 21 stairs and count down. You can use any number you like. When you've reached zero tell yourself you're in deep sleep and tell yourself that every time you go down the staircase in your mind you will be deeply relaxed. At this point you imagine your body as healthy, while repeating your affirmations to yourself. Then, when you're through, just count yourself up and out from zero to five, telling yourself to open your eyes, and that you're wide awake and alert.
Your self-hypnosis session does not have to be long - 5 or 10 minutes will do.
However, if you practice this daily, it will certainly help in relieving tensions and anxiety that can weaken your health. Don’t forget, avoid throwing away the juicer and the vitamins. Using juicers, incorporating vitamins, walking, and eating healthy (along with regular checkups with your doctor), are all part of staying healthy. Remember, it's called the mind/body connection.