female-face_2If I could wave a magic wand and bring about one simple change in the habits of people it would be for them to understand the benefits of regularly performed process of deep physical and mental relaxation, by whatever means they prefer.

Cognitive restructuring:

In the following excellent and highly recommended video Dr Herbert Benson, Professor of Mind Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI) at Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the worlds foremost researchers into the effects of relaxation describes his findings following over 35 years of research.

You might want to bear in mind when watching this video is that what Dr Benson is describing in invoking “The Relaxation Response” and the process of “Cognitive Restructuring” is in essence and excellent description and simple demonstration of (Self) Hypnosis as practiced in Hypnotherapy.

Applied in a slightly different way it becomes the model for enhanced performance. Enjoy.

A further video on Dr Benson and his findings can be found here.

The following short documentary reveals the exploratory work of a team from the University of Montreal who seek to understand the states of grace experienced by mystics and those who regularly meditate. Filmmaker Isabelle Raynauld offers up scientific research that demonstrates that mystical ecstasy is a trans-formative experience and could contribute to people’s psychic and physical health, treat depression and speed up the healing process when combined with natural remedies and medicines. It is in French with English subtitles.

Mystical Brain by Isabelle Raynauld, National Film Board of Canada

And finally here is Dr Dean Radin from the Institute of Noetic Sciences talking about his findings relating to meditation.

Forms of Meditation / Self-hypnosis:

There are many forms of meditation methods and techniques available that have developed in various cultures around the World over Millennia. In general terms they can all be broken down into the following broad headings

  • Concentration
  • Reflective
  • Mindfulness
  • Heart-Centered
  • Creative
  • Bio-feedback

All meditation has concentration as its focus. The ability to develop concentration is the key to unlocking all other forms. However some meditation techniques specialise purely on developing and sustaining levels of concentration while focused an a single object, sensation or sound, or often simply on ‘nothingness’
These methods include:

  • Zen meditation
  • Transcendental Meditation
  • Om meditation
  • Shine Meditation or Samadhi
  • Chakra Meditation

Having developed concentration skills reflective meditation is focused on disciplined thinking while meditating on a chosen question. Questions might include:
Who am I?
What is my purpose?
How can I achieve a particular goal or desire?

This form of meditation is very effective a bringing clarity and focus on everyday living and being. It can also be most beneficial in dealing with a range of conditions including anxiety and depression.

Heart centered meditation is very effective in helping to release fears and worries while developing an attitude of loving kindness, empathy and compassion. It is often referred to as Heart Chakra Meditation.
This form of meditation is also very effective in helping to develop intuitive skills and abilities.

Creative meditation as the name suggest is often focused on developing particular skills and emotional qualities. This is often the realm of the creative arts and sciences and is increasingly being used in amateur and professional sports.

"It's not what you think . . . . "