Hypnosis has the ability to change deep unconscious habits that seem outside of your conscious control. But there is a way to bring many habits under our control without resorting to fatigue producing “will power”. The process is called Mindfulness.
I often encourage my hypnosis clients to practice a simple exercise in mindfulness. Mindfulness does not mean sitting cross-legged in meditating for hours. Instead, it is the very simple and intentional Act of paying attention. Putting all of your attention to what you are doing without judgement and without emotion. Mindfulness is the act of observing what you are experiencing with intense curiosity.
When one practices mindfulness and applies it to habits like smoking, compulsive eating, anxiety or other seemingly subconscious processes, interesting things are uncovered. For the smoker, the Habit that used to happen automatically now is given awareness and the smoker begins to discover things they had not been fully aware of. The taste of the smoke is much less Pleasant, The Habit not really as urgent as it used to feel.
Keep in mind, mindfulness does not mean trying to gain control over the habit, only to observe it with intense curiosity.
By bringing awareness to the habit the habit changes on it’s own. By using your awareness in this way you can get yourself “unstuck” from long and persistent habits.
There are other benefits to practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness can: help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties.
Author David Barron is a 20 year veteran hypnotist with over 10,000 clinical hours helping people make change. You can contact David at this link.