Exactly what is Directed Meditation?
- Basic meditation is an ancient, global practice used for quieting the mind. When a person is in a meditative state their mind is very open to new ideas, change, taking direction, and accepting suggestions.
- Directed Meditation combines ancient meditation techniques with hypnosis to achieve predetermined outcomes. Prior to going into the meditative state a person has a discussion with a guide to discuss the desired outcome of the Directed Meditation session. Based on that discussion, the guide formulates directions, instructions or suggestions to give the person during the session.
- The person is guided into a meditative state and then given the specific instructions formulated to achieve the predetermined outcome or result. The instructions could be designed to reduce anxiety, cope with illness, change habits, stop smoking or any number of other outcomes. The effects are quick, powerful and effective.
How can Directed Meditation help someone stop smoking, vaping, using nicotine gum or transdermal patch?
- Smoking is difficult to stop because it is a habitual behavior and because nicotine has addictive qualities. Directed Meditation addresses both of those issues directly.
- How many times a day do you light up a cigarette without even realizing it? Smoking is mostly a habit frequently linked with behaviors, like getting out of work, driving the car, answering the phone, after dinner. Smokers light up without even thinking about it all the time. Directed Meditation provides alternative behaviors to smoking that are easily adapted and the habit is broken.
- Directed Meditation also provides ways to block the symptoms associated with nicotine withdrawal, making not smoking much easier and less stressful than most people think it would be.
- But more important than either of those things, through Directed Meditation, the person who comes in as a smoker redefines how they think of themselves and how they perceive the smoking habit in the deep subconscious part of their brain, shifting their paradigm, so that they leave as a non-smoker.
How can Directed Meditation help reduce anxiety and control stress?
- Life is full of situations that cause anxiety and create stress. Sometimes a little stress can be the motivating factor behind getting something done, other times too much stress can stop us in our tracks and prevent us from doing things we need to do. Directed Meditation can help.
- Just entering a meditative state is tremendously relaxing. The point of meditation is to still the mind, remove all thoughts and distractions. When this is accomplished the heart rate slows down, blood pressure drops and breathing becomes more relaxed and easier. These things happen at the subconscious level, in other words you don't think about doing these things, they just happen naturally when you enter the meditative state.
- Directed Meditation adds powerful directions and suggestions to the meditation process to refocus how a person perceives and responds to stressful situations. In the course of a couple of sessions a person can significantly lower their anxiety and stress levels for the rest of their lives.
How can Directed Meditation help someone cope with life threatening or chronic illnesses?
- Whether you are the patient or a care giver to someone with a life-threatening or chronic illness, Directed Meditation can be a tremendous source of comfort, it can also be a valuable tool on the road to recovery.
- When combating a life threatening disease or chronic illness it is important for the patient and care givers to control the things that are within their control in order to be the best patient possible - this includes taking all medications on time, showing up for all treatments, remaining as active as possible and focusing attention on the positive.
- General meditation by itself has been clinically proven to reduce stress, and the body heals better when it has less stress to contend with. (WebMD.com article Meditation, Stress and Your Heath)
- With Directed Meditation, a guide can add instructions during the meditation session on how to be the best patient a person can be by doing the things listed above. In addition, Directed Meditation can help a person cope with waiting for test results, external sources of stress (spouse, family, job, finances), pain, nausea and many other aspects of the recovery process.
- As the recovery journey evolves new suggestions can be created to address new challenges.