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Mindfulness meditation – free download

Mindfulness is a form of meditation where you bring your awareness into the present moment, without getting lost in your own thoughts, feelings and judgements.

It has its roots in Buddhism, but over the last few decades it’s been increasingly recognised in western psychotherapy as a very helpful technique for dealing with problems like anxiety, depression and chronic pain conditions.

I’ve been practising mindfulness for several years now, and I often use it with my hypnotherapy clients. It’s a technique I highly recommend learning if you’d like to feel calmer, more compassionate towards yourself and others, and less prone to getting lost in worries, regrets, and impulsive behaviours.

Here’s the free meditation mp3:



You can also download this mp3 here. After clicking on the link, just select the blue “download” button in the top right corner of the screen.

You may also be interested in my new meditation program: Profound Releasing

Open your heart • Dissolve inner blocks • Dive into stillness, silence and pure awareness

Find out more here

 

Rapid hypnosis: the handshake interrupt technique

Here’s a new hypnosis video on my not-so-frequently-updated blog. It was filmed at an NLP Master Practitioner training I was teaching at, and a student asked me if I could quickly demonstrate “the handshake interrupt”.

The handshake interrupt is a rapid hypnosis induction created by Richard Bandler, the co-founder of NLP. The technique involves interrupting a normal handshake, and thereby inducing a moment of confusion in someone, so that they don’t quite know how to respond. You can then utilise this momentary “huh?” response to lead them into hypnosis.

However, because it’s such an odd, “martial arts-like” manoeuvre, I find students rarely put it to practical use outside of hypnosis seminars. After all, it’s pretty rude to suddenly grab a stranger’s arm when they’re just trying to say hello to you!

This video demonstrates a method I use to segue into this technique conversationally, which I find makes it much easier to use with clients, and anyone who wants to experience “instant hypnosis”.

If you’re new to hypnosis, just notice how “the magic” is not in the handshake interrupt itself, but in how I begin by building expectation in the student, and how I make use of her momentary confusion to create a full hypnotic response.

At the end of the clip, you can see from the student’s astonishment what an impact the arm levitation made on her. Evoking hypnotic phenomena is a great way to let people know that they are genuinely in an altered state of consciousness, and that they aren’t just pretending.

If you’re more experienced at inducing hypnosis, notice how I seed the idea of automatic, ideomotor movement before I begin the induction, and how I utilise the arm catalepsy by attaching it to feelings of enthusiasm.

Even though I am apparently only talking to the student, the suggestions for enthusiasm (e.g. “let’s do this”) are something I am indirectly communicating to everyone in the room, in preparation for the exercise they are about to do.

I hope you found some food for thought in all the above, and there’ll be more to come next week.

You may also be interested in my new meditation program: Profound Releasing

Open your heart • Dissolve inner blocks • Dive into stillness, silence and pure awareness

Find out more here

 

Break bad habits with hypnosis (free download)

This week, I’d like to share a powerful hypnosis technique to help break bad habits like smoking, overeating, and nail-biting.

As usual, beneath the video is a free hypnosis download to teach you how to use this technique immediately.

Here’s the free hypnosis MP3. Just click on the play button, sit back, and relax…

Break bad habits by Josephkao on Mixcloud

You can also download this mp3 here. After clicking on the link, just select the blue “download” button in the top right corner of the screen.

I am the head scriptwriter for www.HypnosisDownloads.com, and I’ve co-created hundreds of advanced, effective hypnotherapy recordings. Some of our titles include Stop Smoking, Overcome Alcohol Abuse, and Overcome Caffeine Addiction.

For more information, take a look at www.HypnosisDownloads.com.


Joseph Kao DHypPsych(UK)

To book a hypnotherapy session with me in Cambridge (UK) or over Skype, please visit www.josephkao.co.uk

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