Whether you want to deal with problems, or simply to get better at something, it is all comes down to healthy and effective life management - managing your life better and thereby improving the overall quality of your life.
Improved life management is about doing things better and not repeating old outmoded patterns of behaviour. Not getting bogged down in the problems and bad habits we can all experience in our daily lives.
Jeff Turner has over 20 years experience using hypnosis and NLP to help 'make people better.'
Hypnosis is an ancient art, perhaps as old as mankind. Hypnosis works on the assumption that we have two minds, the 'conscious' and the 'subconscious.' The conscious mind being the part of the brain that you use to 'think,' the part you are using to read and understand this now. Yet the conscious mind only accounts for about 10% of mental function and processing. The larger and more powerful subconscious part of the brain accounts for the other 90%, and it is the subconscious that is keeping you alive right now, by telling your heart to take another beat, and your body to take another breath.
Hypnosis is a way of being able to connect and communicate with that other mind, the larger and more powerful subconscious mind, to speak directly to it and more easily facilitate improvement and change.
Hypnotherapy is the application of hypnosis for positive change, and can be used for a wide variety of problems. Hypnotherapy can be used for health issues. Hypnotherapy can be used for relaxation and stress, for sleep problems, or for lowering high blood pressure. Hypnotherapy can be used for relationship or sexual problems. Hypnotherapy can be used for addictions like smoking and drinking, or for weight loss. Hypnosis can be used for personal development, focusing the mind and as an aid to better concentration. There are, in fact, a limitless range of uses for which hypnosis and hypnotherapy have been found to be invaluable.
Hypnosis can be a wonderful tool to help clear out the accumulated clutter of negative beliefs that build up over time. Hypnosis, trance, and the resulting states of deep relaxation allow the extra space and time to make deep and profound changes within. When you learn to do these things for yourself, you will have a set of immensely powerful self-help techniques which you can rely on for the rest of your life.
NLP is a more modern, 'state of the art' collection of applied psychological techniques that may be used to facilitate rapid change and personal development. NLP has taken the best from all the other major psychological disciplines and always strives for excellence. NLP shares many of the ideas of hypnosis and they complement one another well in the process of change.
If you are experiencing some problem in your life, if you recognise that you have old, bad habits you would like to change, or if there is something you would simply like to be better at doing, then please contact Jeff Turner now for more information about how the use and application of hypnosis and NLP could help you.
Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation that was little known in the West until recently. Appropriated from ancient Buddhist roots, mindfulness meditation has been promoted and and championed as a therapeutic tool in recent years by Jon Kabat-Zinn and others.
Mindfulness could be described as a philosophy incorporating many differing styles of meditative technique. A typical meditation might consist of focusing full attention on your breath as it flows in and out of the body. Focusing on each breath in this way allows you to relax into a meditative state and to observe your thoughts as they arise in your mind. By simply observing, experiencing and accepting the subjective experience by degrees, it is possible to let go and to stop struggling with thoughts and feelings.
Through the process of experience and acceptance you come to realise that -
Mindfulness is about observation without criticism.
Mindfulness is about being compassionate with yourself.
Mindfulness is a way of letting go of negative thoughts and feelings.
Mindfulness allows you to be aware of negative thought patterns and to let them go before they tip you into a downward spiral.
Mindfulness begins the gentle process of allowing you to control your thoughts and feelings, and therefore your life.
When unhappy or anxiety provoking thoughts hover overhead you learn to simply accept their presence and to regard them as if they were black clouds in the sky; to simply observe them with open-minded curiosity as they drift past.
Over time, mindfulness can bring about long-term changes in mood, levels of happiness, and feelings of well-being.
Scientific studies have shown that meditation and the practise of mindfulness can not only prevents depression, but also positively affect the patterns underlying day-to-day anxiety, stress, irritability and other 'negative' mood states.
Other studies have shown that people who meditate regularly can enjoy long term health benefits. They see their doctors less often and spend fewer days in hospital. Memory and concentration improves, creativity increases and reaction times become faster.
Despite these proven benefits, however, many people are still a little wary when they hear the word meditation. It is important to note that although mindfulness meditation may be associated with some eastern religions, is not itself a religion, it is simply a method of mental training. You do not have to subscribe to any religious beliefs or sit cross-legged on the floor, although you can if you want to. I usually recommend people who come to my classes sit comfortably in a chair.
It is also possible to practise mindful awareness wherever you are and whatever you are doing: at home or at work, on the bus or a train. You can meditate more or less anywhere and I like to practice mindfulness while walking, or even whilst doing the washing up.
Meditation is not complicated, and it is definitely not about ‘success’ or ‘failure’. Even when meditation feels difficult and you think you are not moving forward you will find you have learned something valuable about yourself and the workings of the mind. You will have raised your own self-awareness and thus have benefited psychologically.
Meditation helps concentration and the ability to focus the mind. It is about seeing the world with greater clarity, and also being aware of how you truly feel so that you can take wiser and more considered action to change those things in your life which need to be changed.
Meditation helps cultivate a deep and compassionate awareness that allows you to assess your goals and find the optimum path towards realising those things in life that are most important to you.
I hold meditation classes at Oak Lodge, Fairlight every Tuesday morning at 10.30am. Please contact me for more information.
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