Both hypnosis and meditation are deeply relaxing, calming activities that create a positive state of being and peace of mind.
What are the differences, and which is best for you?
What is Meditation?
Meditation is the practice of intentionally training your point of focus.
You achieve this by creating a determined point of focus, which when achieved, makes it easier to manage emotions, reduce stress, and improve your well-being.
There are two types: concentrative and mindfulness meditation.
· Concentrative meditation involves focusing on a sound, phrase, or object and repeating that thing in your mind so that nothing interferes with your focus.
· Mindfulness meditation involves being aware without judgement. Instead of focusing on something specific, you allow a stream of consciousness flow as an observer rather than a participant.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of mind that is very focused and at the same time, receptive to suggestion. It usually has an end-goal in mind.
It is a naturally occurring state that everyone experiences. The most common example is “Highway Hypnosis,” which is when you’re driving and lose track of time.
It can also happen when you’re watching a good movie, having a great conversation, or deeply involved in a hobby such as reading, knitting, gardening, assembling model airplanes, etc. “Time flies when you’re having fun,” is just the experience of hypnosis.
Hypnosis is incredibly effective for feeling more confident, overcoming stress, releasing past trauma, developing better eating patterns, stopping smoking, sleeping better, and much more. You often see results in a single session!
Hypnosis works quickly and efficiently to find the root of what’s holding you back, then neutralizes it, replacing the issue with realistic and positive thoughts. By rewiring your thought paths, you can move into new habits immediately.
Hypnosis, especially hypnotherapy, has an end goal in mind
– Hypnosis and self-hypnosis help you quiet your awareness so you can access your subconscious mind for direct hypnotic suggestions
– Hypnosis is best experienced with a facilitator (Hypnotist) to help you quiet your mind and become receptive to positive suggestions
Meditation is more of a passive practice or discipline
– Meditation focuses on keeping the mind clear so you can practice increasing your awareness
– It may take months to get the hang of quieting your mind
– You can meditate alone or with others
Both hypnosis and meditation have the potential to help you reach your goals, but an experienced hypnotherapist can facilitate your goals with much greater focus and efficiency, often in the first session!