Anyone who takes part in a sport or game is likely to have experienced a time when, despite all the physical training and preparation, it was the psychological aspect that made a positive change to the outcome. The western outlook is tuned more towards being physically engaged with a challenge; a more external approach. The Japanese approach, along with some other Asian countries, respects the value of the internal connection. The quality of the discipline, commitment, perseverance, spirit, focus and clear mind is as important, if not more so, as the physical skill and technique.
Seishin is a Japanese word which does not have a simple equivalent in English. It is a concept which draws together the mind, body and spirit in unity; one cannot thrive if separated from the others. Seishin ryoku is the idea of spiritual strength. Whilst ‘performance’ is something we can measure externally – whether it is scoring a birdie in golf, delivering a successful speech in public, stopping smoking, or setting foot on a plane – it is undoubtedly a form of inner strength which contributes to outward success. Outward manifestations of this inner strength could include increased patience, persistence, self-reliance, confidence, the ability to endure discomfort, or to confront one’s fears.
What does this have to do with hypnotherapy? Most people turn to clinical hypnotherapy in order to overcome a challenge or issue that is getting in the way of the life experience they wish for. If a person suffers from a fear of flying, for example, it cannot be conquered by just telling the person to get on a plane and it will be alright. The mind and the body are inextricably linked. The negative thought processes often lead to physical responses; shaking, nausea, sweating, increased heart rate and so on. The person wants to get on the plane but their unconscious mind is giving out unhelpful messages which prevent them from doing so. Physically confronting the fear in isolation is unlikely to succeed in the long term. The significance of the mind and its relationship with the body must also be attended to. Hypnotherapy can work in many situations to build the strength of the mind and help it to amend the negative subconscious thoughts which work against the body. Click here to find out more about conditions treated.
One of the most powerful ways of using hypnotherapy to connect mind and body is with Hypnobirthing. Giving birth calmly and comfortably comes from creating the right environment both physically and mentally. My Hypnobirthing course teaches you how to connect to the beneficial part of the mind and use your natural abilities to allow the physical process of labour to unfold. Click here to find out more about Hypnobirthing.
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