How can I get better at self-hypnosis and meditation?

Does anyone have any tips or articles on this subject? How deep into self-hypnosis/meditation have you gone? How can I go into a deeper relaxation?

4 thoughts on “How can I get better at self-hypnosis and meditation?

  1. you can get better at self hypnosis and meditation by practicing but not wanting it too much.
    there is a great course about self hypnosis (link below)
    what about some recorded tapes for whatever subject you want?

  2. Self-hypnosis and meditation are skills that get better with time, like riding a bicycle. Intuitively, I feel you are pushing yourself a little too much to “go deep.” Lighten up around the subject and also remember that you can start with just 5 minutes once or twice a day. When that becomes easy, increase to time to 8 or 10 minutes. Later on, when you are ready, practice more.

    In the beginning, it helps to use guided meditations or hypnosis CDs. You can find them cheap on eBay or google for them. Maybe the link the other answerer suggested is good.

    Over a thousand years ago, a book was written in India detailing over 100 forms of meditation! What works best for one person may not work so well for someone else. Find a form of meditation that feels right to you. A great book on all these forms of meditation is http://www.amazon.com/Book-Secrets-Keys-Love-Meditation/dp/0312180586/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270623371&sr=8-3.

    In general, some people visualize easily and can picture themselves in a relaxing environment. Tibetan Buddhists visualize themselves as forms of the Buddha or other deities.

    Some people meditate best by using a sound like a mantra. Other folks are body oriented and can meditate on the breath or other body sensations.

    I can’t go into self-hypnosis, except to say it is similar to meditation. It involves physical and mental relaxation and usually focuses on peaceful visual images. Best of luck to you.

    EDIT: I recommend the site http://www.wendi.com for great hypnosis CDs.

  3. First — do not confuse self-hypnosis with meditation. They are two different things.

    I can answer about meditation. The main thing — do not try to achieve any particular effect (like a deeper relaxation). Practice the technique, and accept whatever happens.

    One meditation technique is called gibberish. Make all kinds of sounds, as long as they are not a real language. Pretend you are talking in a language no one knows. Make loud sounds, soft sounds, angry sounds, sad sounds, just create any non-word sounds you like. Really get into it! And move your body around too.

    After five or ten minutes, stop, and sit silently for five minutes, becoming aware of your thoughts, feelings, or sensations. Just watch. Do not try to change or fix anything. Do not try to stop the mind. Love yourself, and accept whatever happens from your heart.

    Do this every morning for a few months, and things will start to happen.

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