Hypnotherapy is very like guided meditation. You are taken to a relaxed state where your brain is more likely to accept helpful suggestions.

When I was feeling low after leaving my stressful career meditation helped me immensely.

I learned to meditate at the Norwich Buddhist Centre.

You can sit on the floor cross legged in the traditional pose but for many Western people this is uncomfortable for any length of time. If this is the case for you you can just sit upright on a chair.

It is possible to meditate with your eyes open but most of us find it easier to shut our eyes.

Just focus on your breathing.

Breathe in and out. Thoughts will float through your mind. Just let them float by. Don’t pay any attention to them. They are just thoughts. You are not your thoughts. They float just like clouds.

You can count your breaths. This focuses the mind and stops it wandering off. Don’t pay attention to its incessant chatter. Buddhists call this the monkey mind.

Start with just a few minutes. Build up to a little longer each day. Don’t put any pressure on yourself. Just let it be naturally.

You are training your mind.

You are in charge of it. It’s not in charge of you.

Just be.

Meditation combined with hypnotherapy can help you calm your anxiety.

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