Meditation Mastery Secrets
In fact, patients are far more apt to present in our offices requesting an hypnotic intervention. We might then think of clients as falling into several categories. There is that group of clients who present with symptoms that are particularly amenable to an hypnotic intervention. Areas of increased use of hypnosis include stress reduction, pain management wellness, and uncovering work in a psychodynamic relationship. Many of these clients are sophisticated in their knowledge of alternative health benefits and ask for information on hypnosis, while others are aware of the benefits of stress reduction techniques such as relaxation exercises, meditation and guided imagery, but are uninformed about their similarity to hypnosis. Still others are uninformed about hypnosis and ignorant of its application to their problem. Those who are actively resistant to the idea of hypnosis pose a particular challenge to clinicians. Resistance may come from several sources. Religious and cultural...
In making the determination as to whether an hypnotic intervention is suitable for a client, it is important to learn whether the client has had any prior experience with hypnosis or other alternative health approaches such as meditation, relaxation tapes or guided imagery. When there has been previous experience, inquiry about the client's experience as to depth of trance, reaction to suggestions, and the client's measure of the success or usefulness of the previous interventions, will provide the clinician with valuable data. This feedback will be useful in several areas continuing to set positive expectancies for the client tailoring the hypnotic intervention to the individual needs of the client and correcting misinformation. Therapists report that when a previous experience with hypnosis has soured a client on the use of hypnosis, it may still be valuable to pursue the consideration of using hypnosis, patiently correcting misinformation and encouraging the client to reassess the...
During the last century, the leading causes of death in industrialized countries gradually shifted from infectious diseases to chronic diseases of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and cancer. In addition to advancing age, these conditions are greatly influenced by life habits and the environment. As a result, many people have begun to consider healing practices from other philosophies and cultures as alternatives and complements to conventional Western medicine. Some of these philosophies include osteopathy, naturopathy, homeopathy, and chiropractic. Techniques of acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, and meditation may also be used, as well as herbal remedies (see Chapter 8) and nutritional counseling on diet, vitamins, and minerals.
Perhaps the first and most obvious question to be asked in aiming at conceptual clarity is this What do we mean by applying the concept of enhancement to human mental capacities and what are the respective techniques, when applied in practice, supposed to achieve The mind-enhancing methods, which concern us here, are those new and powerful techniques described above. These must be distinguished from traditional methods of mental enhancement such as studying, meditating, drinking coffee, taking vitamins, promoting social interaction in young children (cf. Kutnick and Kington 2005), or modifying other environmental circumstances in certain favourable ways. The enhancement problems we engage with arise primarily out of the use of biotechnologies that aim at directly manipulating the human brain and whose practical realisation is, in a broad sense, a matter of the technical competence of medical professionals. This broad sense is meant to encompass any legitimate professional medical...
There are many forms of complementarymedical treatments that some people find very helpful. These include acupuncture, meditation, reflexology, and other types of treatments. There is, however, very little objective scientific evidence that these treatments actually work. If an individual finds a form of complementary medicine that does not involve drug treatment helpful, then this should be encouraged.
Complete understanding of this system is difficult because it is based on a number of complex mechanisms involving both structures and substances, which are not yet well known. Among them are energy and emotions. A better understanding of such mechanisms may assist physicians in identifying particular subsets of patients who may respond to novel forms of adjunctive treatments for IBD, including hypnosis and meditation. At present, there is evidence to suggest that cognitive behavioural psychological group treatment for outpatients is a feasible and effective approach for the reduction of psychological distress in IBD patients 50 . In conclusion, trying to answer the questions asked in the introduction on the basis of scientific evidence
Meditation techniques are used to try to focus conscious processes in a manner unlike that used in everyday circumstances. Two types of meditation are employed frequently concentrative meditation and opening-up meditation. Concentrative Meditation. Concentrative meditation limits conscious attention to a specific object or sound in an attempt to narrow attention to that direction only and block out other stimuli from the environment. The result of concentrative meditation is supposed to be a state of emptiness or void accompanied by increased clarity of thought. Opening-Up Meditation. Opening-lip meditation is an attempt to develop continuous attention to everything that is happening. This technique is supposed to produce a broad understanding of the total environment. EXAMPLE 6.9. One form of opening-up meditation occurs when the individual performs typical daily activities in a slightly different manner. This change in routine is supposed to allow the person to become...
This specific technique has been found useful with patients in whom the underlying dynamic for the eating disorder has been found to be related to past trauma. This can be done by using hypnosis as a diagnostic tool with the aid of such techniques as the affect bridge (Watkins, 1978 Channon, 1981) and other methods of hypnoanalytic exploration in conjunction with ideomotor signalling (Cheek & Le Cron, 1968 Barnett, 1981 Brown & Fromm, 1986). Once this has been identified, the patient can be guided with the use of age regression to the original trauma to which the eating disorder is being related. Many patients then have a chance to fully abreact emotions attached to the original trauma, and the emotional catharsis in the abreaction itself already produces some relief. At times, a significant improvement (although not a full cure) of the eating disorder symptoms is apparent. This has been described in previous publications on the special subgroup of patients with eating disorders in...
Longer term it is desirable that the patient can manage the exaggerated phasic and tonic arousal via other strategies such as relaxation, meditation, self-hypnosis, biofeedback or exercise programmes. Relaxation meditation techniques if practised regularly have been shown to progressively lower the basal physiological arousal. There are many different approaches to meditation and relaxation (Jacob-son, 1929 Benson, 1975), but they essentially involve similar principles. The patient needs to be motivated to persist as it is the alteration of a habitual basal or
Techniques that are commonly used include hypnosis and autohypnosis, meditation, visualization, timed breathing, and relaxation audiotapes and videos. The goal is to allow the individual to find a tool that helps them to relax, and that can be used during exacerbations or periods of anxiety. Once the training has been achieved, the maintenance of the skill must be emphasized, as it is with all aspects of pulmonary rehabilitation.
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What kind of contact, if any, we should have with our patients once therapy has finished is a controversial topic. In one sense there is no rational justification for not having any kind of contact at all with the patient after the end of therapy. But if we do have contact, we need to think carefully about why we may be setting this up as it may reflect difficulties - on both sides - with letting go. The post-therapy period is rife with opportunities for acting out on both parts, as Kubie suggests
Early scholars such as Aristotle and the elder Pliny detailed the importance of insects as food and expressed favourable attitudes towards them. Enlightenment scholars too - R aumur, Kant, Cuvier, Linnaeus - wrote of the importance of insects as food, especially edible locusts and the larvae of the palm weevil (Rhynchophopus palmarum). That 'inimitable observer' of insect life (as Darwin called him) Jean-Henri Fabre also tried to counter the widespread bias against insects. He experimented with locusts, frying them in butter and salt, as the Arabs prescribed. All his family were induced to partake of this 'queer dish'. Fabre concluded that it was 'far superior' to the cicada extolled by Aristotle (1917 245-8).
Constant headaches, typically described as a tight band around the head, will usually be due to muscular contraction secondary to stress and may be relieved by utilizing simple relaxation suggestions, or suggestions that the affected muscles are 'letting go becoming more and more relaxed as you let go any undue tightness stress or strain'.
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There's no magic bullet that will make you slim down without trying. No particular diet that lets you eat a big amount of food and drop pounds quickly. No ab-machine or exercise bike that you see at three fifteen in the morning on an infomercial is truly going to make that much difference to you.