I don’t know about you, but as 2013 winds down and the holidays very quickly approach, I have been noticing a trend in the people around me, including my family and my clients. There seems to be a tendency for the build-up of the year to get on top of people, creating a powerful sense … More Dealing with overwhelm
I have been participating in an 8 week MBSR (Mindfulness-based stress reduction) course in Chelsea for the past 4 weeks and running a small meditation group in Wimbledon for the past couple of months, so I have been doing a lot of meditating and reflecting recently. It has been nice to be on both sides of … More Insights from meditation
Studying, family, work, projects, reports and life in general can all be quite stressful. At times, especially around deadlines and important events, stress can feel overwhelming and the desire to stay motivated and concentrated may wane a bit. But why is this? What is stress? A little bit of stress is a good thing. It … More Struggling with Managing Stress?
I’ve been practicing hypnotherapy and NLP for over 6years now and during many of my sessions, an interesting thing was happening. Clients who were seeing me for stress, anxiety and/or confidence issues were reporting an improvement in their blood pressure levels. This even included clients who were quite young, fit and healthy already. It wasn’t … More The Hypnotension™ programme for hypertension (high blood pressure)
2nd March 2013 – Another National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) Extravaganza (or conference to you and me) held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. It was an exciting day filled with interesting talks and hypnotherapists attended from all over the country (I heard a lot of Scottish and Northern accents in the crowd). The first … More National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) Extravaganza
As I was re-reading Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina recently, this quote really stood out to me: “All of the variety, all of the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.” Reading that quote reminded me of the nature of joy. Joy, unlike happiness, is a much more deeply felt experience. Joy is … More What is joy?
Mindfulness has been gaining notoriety lately, not just in the realm of spiritual practice, but amongst serious academics and psychological clinicians as well. Something that years ago would’ve been dismissed as too esoteric is now becoming widely accepted as “the thing” we all need to do to improve our outlook on life and reduce the … More Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness
Of the four components of the EBT check-in, decentering seems to be the one that most people struggle with initially. This is the part of the check-in where you “throw a cell up into the air” and warmly observe yourself, without any judgement or any criticism. Not only can it be tricky to be able … More The EBT Check-in Tool Explained – Decentering (Warmly Observing Yourself)
This is a very good explaination of how neuroscience and concentrated attention on reward and gratitude can change the very fabric of the brain. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRvMCIpGdE8&feature=player_embedded#!
In Emotional Brain Training (EBT), the check-in tool is used at least 10 times a day to assist the user in calming the emotional brain (limbic system, amygdala, hippocampus) and connecting the two brains together (the thinking brain and the emotional brain), thus supplementing the rewiring process. Although it is a fairly easy tool to … More The EBT Check-in Tool Explained – Diaphragmatic Breathing