Hypnosis for more mindfulness in everyday life
Mindfulness in hypnosis
Treatment with hypnosis promotes a person's mindfulness. Thereby, mindfulness-promoting suggestions help the hypnotized person to experience himself in the here and now. The state of hypnosis, i.e. trance, can thus be perceived intensively. Mindfulness during hypnosis also helps to encounter oneself and to begin the process of change. Thus, hypnosis in its basic form already uses mindfulness and allows to focus on what is right now. This creates new solutions and alleviates discomfort. Our experience in practice shows that through treatment with hypnosis, people can increasingly direct their focus in everyday life to the essential things. Mindfulness in everyday life in turn supports the desired change process of clients. An important component in our hypnosis treatment is a special mindfulness in the time between hypnosis sessions. To pause again and again for a short moment in everyday life, to reflect enables new experiences with oneself, which our clients like to bring to the next hypnosis session. We use special suggestions for this in hypnosis, which also help when a client, mindfulness for themselves is still little familiar. Posthypnotic suggestions also have an effect after the hypnosis session and strengthen the hypnosis process.
Mindfulness means, according to our current understanding, the ability of a person to direct his attention to the moment and to perceive himself in the here and now. The perception concerns impressions, feelings and sensations. A certain curiosity helps to meet oneself with openness and to discover one's own needs.
Mindfulness alleviates complaints and symptoms
The Faculty of Psychology at the University of Vienna has researched the effect of mindfulness and shown in a review study how positively lived mindfulness in everyday life affects a person's mental health. It has long been known that increasing mindfulness has a successful effect on mental and physical complaints, anxiety, crises, restlessness and stress, depression or even pain. The review summarizes 146 studies with nearly 11,000 participants with interventions and treatments focused on increasing mindfulness, such as exercises for relaxation, breathing exercises, trance, meditation and yoga. In addition, clinical treatments, such as long-term psychotherapies, that do not focus on increasing mindfulness in treatment were also included. Ulrich Tran's team found that increasing mindfulness alleviated complaints and symptoms and led to improved mental health. He also points out that clients benefit significantly less from the effects of mindfulness when it is not focused on in their form of treatment. This is the case, he says, with other psychotherapeutic treatments, such as long-term psychotherapies, where meditation and work with trance are not used.
Read more about the review study on mindfulness:
Ulrich Tran of the Faculty of Psychology Vienna, Psychological Bulletin 2002, vol. 148, pp. 86-106)