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5 Minute Guided Meditation For Stress and Anxiety

5 Minute Guided Meditation For Stress and Anxiety

July 28, 2019

Reduce Anxiety in 5 Minutes - Beginners Meditation Secrets
By Jonathan Masters

Now more than ever it's important to take time out to relax your body and mind. With the current economy, it's not unusual that people would be more anxious and stressed than normal. Sometimes it can feel like you can't afford to waste a minute on something like relaxing.

I know that seems like a logical conclusion, but I think the better question is can you afford not to find some peaceful moments in your life right now?

If you could find just 20-30 minutes a day to relax with a technique like meditation, you could significantly reduce your anxiety, panic attacks and boost your drive and creativity during your working time.

And getting started in meditation isn't as hard as many people believe. All you need to do is sit quietly and let your mind wind down. Too many times I think humans try to move the world by thinking about it. We feel like if we can just think hard enough, maybe we can change things. For right now, just let your normal, everyday thoughts go.

Some people choose to sit in silence and try to quiet down their inner minds. You can do this if you feel more comfortable, but I've found it to be too hard for beginners most of the time. Trying to force yourself to think of nothing is like trying not to let gravity get you down.

I prefer to imagine a peaceful scene like lying on an empty beach. You can walk yourself through your own peaceful guided meditation. Go anywhere and do anything you want so let your imagination go for a while.

There is a common misconception that something is "supposed to happen" during meditation. People seem to think they're supposed to experience some religious experience. While I suppose that can happen, that's not the point of meditation, and trying to make something happen only distracts you and stresses you out even more.

Don't expect any certain thing to come to you, just let the meditation go where it wants without limiting your mind. If you can do this daily for even just 5 - 10 minutes you'll notice a huge difference in your anxiety within a month or so. Most people also find that even though it starts out as a chore that takes up too much time, meditation actually becomes a ritual they wouldn't be without.

Jonathan Masters is a writer and former panic attack sufferer. In 2008 he partnered with End of Anxiety to share his knowledge and his story about how he cured his anxiety and panic once and for all.

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The Basics of Hypnosis: How it Can Work With Meditation

The Basics of Hypnosis: How it Can Work With Meditation

July 2, 2019

What is the difference between hypnosis and meditation?

The main difference is that the meditation is self-induced and with full self-awareness, whereas hypnosis is usually induced by another person (unless is self-hypnosis which is self-induced) and the person is in a state of trance, amnesia, or unconscious.

Hypnosis Meditation

There is some confusion, even for people who both meditate and use self-hypnosis, about whether there is any difference between the two disciplines. They both induce extremely beneficial, deeply relaxing, and calming states of mind that can help you get through your day in a positive, calm, and stress-free way.

From Meditation Life Skills: Meditative State or Hypnosis? The Top 7 Things I’ve Learned…

When you hear the word 'hypnosis', you tend to think of magic and 'woo-woo'. We've all seen stage hypnotists encouraging their participants to believe they're chickens or otherwise make a fool of themselves and we've all seen hypnotists in films who seem to be able to cure any ailment and solve any problem with the power of their minds.

Some people believe that hypnotism is a form of brainwashing like this and that it can be used alongside the 'dark arts' for all kinds of villainy. Others don't believe in it at all… so what's the reality?

The Reality of Hypnotism

To understand what hypnotism really is, it can help to consider another term for it: persuasion. Hypnotism is sometimes referred to as 'the art of persuasion which is an accurate description as that's really all it is. When you hypnotize someone you are persuading them that something is true – whether that's the idea that they don't want another cigarette or whether it's that they're really a chicken.

The problem is, that when someone tells you something is true, you generally tend to reject it until you're given proof. No one could really persuade you that you were a chicken using conventional means for instance, which is where hypnotism comes in.

And generally, you're still not going to convince anyone they're a chicken unless they want to be a chicken or they're already particularly persuadable. In general, hypnotism is best used as a kind of 'nudge' to get someone to think in the correct way and is most effective when they're 'playing ball'.

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