Meditation and self-hypnosis trick to reduce internal chatter!
Guest post by Arabella Goldsmith
I want to share with you today a little meditation trick which is relatively unknown, and of which is extremely useful in reducing internal chatter! I also use it in self-hypnosis and sometimes in hypnosis, to help some patients calm their mind.
For those who meditate, or who have tried to meditate before, you have surely noticed that the first thing we see is the seemingly uncontrollable flow of thoughts that arise in our consciousness. As if our conscious mind were a crazy monkey jumping from one idea to another without our consent.
Several guided meditation techniques teach concentration on an object first. It can be focusing on a candle, a spot above the eyes or on your breathing, to help develop some control and gradually bring a state of tranquillity inside. And these techniques still work well. However, there is one particularly useful technique which has been taught by Anna Wise, a specialist in neuro-feedback. She explained this technique to monks who had several years of practice meditation. Apparently, their reaction was unanimous: they were flabbergasted by its effectiveness and would have liked to learn it sooner!
Anna had scientifically demonstrated (and I have also been able to measure this) that the use of this technique reduces the beta waves in our brain. These are waves between 12 and 30 Hz, typically produced by our left brain and characterized by rational analysis, logical reasoning, also appearing when we are agitated or excited. It is, therefore, a technique that radically reduces our mental activity, decreases our internal dialogue, and controls the monkey in us! There she is:
It's about sitting comfortably, closing your eyes, and focusing your attention on your tongue with the intention of relaxing our tongue. It is, therefore, a question of concentrating attention on the language and nothing else, by relaxing it as much as possible. And by relaxing it, you may find that your tongue thickens, or seems to shorten slightly. And you can even allow your jaw to relax completely, perhaps by letting your mouth slightly open. And each time you exhale, imagine your tongue and the area of your mouth relaxing ... more and more ... with each exhalation ...
By doing this, you will immediately notice, from the first minute, that the stream of thoughts has significantly decreased. Why is this so? This is because when we think, we tend to speak inside ourselves, sometimes even unconsciously. In fact, when we have a dialogue or an inner monologue, our language expresses microphones -movements. And it would be impossible to maintain an interior dialogue when our language is REALLY, deeply, relaxed and relaxed.
I invite you to try this experience! First, take only a minute in which you do not relax your tongue, do not try to control anything, and simply observe the flow of your thoughts. Then take another extra minute, following the language relaxation guidelines explained above, and compare the difference. You will most likely, like me, perceive a clear difference. You may even feel like time is expanding, and the minute seems longer.
In short, it's something that helps me personally in my meditations as well as in self-hypnosis! And if you try it, don't hesitate to share your experience and share this post!
From a hypnotic point of view, it can be argued that the relaxation of the tongue is an element very rarely caused consciously. So, bringing consciousness there, with the relaxation of the other parts of the body and a little bit of confusion over it, quickly brings an individual into a state of hypnosis and internal focus. It remains a focus.
Extra tip: also relax all the muscles of the face: forehead, temples, muscles around the eyes (and behind the eyes), nose, mouth, jaw, cheek, and even the skull, scalp, leaving the head slowly resting (do this lying down or in a chair with headrest).
Proper meditation, good trance!!!
Arabella Goldsmith is a British hypnotherapist and yoga teacher who loves helping and showing others a positive light. She is always incredibly keen to show how simple exercises can change peoples lives and believe optimism is where it begins!
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