Ok, so I think I may have made it quite clear to those nearest and dearest to me in recent weeks… I have been ill.
In the past I have shared processes and techniques that help ease and deal with other symptoms, and with this technique I am sharing with you a wonderful process for breathing more easily.
I was going to call it “unblocking your nasal tubes” but suspect that may not sound as attractive.
7 Steps To Breathe Easy With Self-Hypnosis:
Get yourself in a comfortable posture, in a place where you’ll be undisturbed for the duration of this exercise, get into a receptive posture with your hands and legs not touching each other, and then we’ll get cracking…
Step One: Induce hypnosis. Use whatever strategy or technique you are familiar with. Get yourself focused, absorbed in the process, engaged in the now with a quiet mind and allow yourself to relax if you’d like that.
Once you have entered hypnosis, move on to the next step.
Step Two: Really engage your imagination and find yourself in a place in nature where there are trees . It may be a forest or a wooded area. Start to notice the colours, the sights of the other plants, flowers and shrubs, notice the shades of light of the place all around you.
Hear the sounds of the place, those that are near and obvious and those far away, notice the sounds of your own feet as you walk further into this area.
Feel the temperature, sense the air being fresh and enjoy feeling calm, relaxed and at ease in this place. Become aware of the weather, which is just right for you and all the time imagine and allow this scene to take you deeper inside your mind with each step that you take further into this wonderful place.
Once you have drifted inside your mind, then move on to the next step.
Step Three: As you continue to walk, you see and notice a collection of trees that look a bit like eucalyptus trees , but are different somehow… As you get closer to the collection of trees , you notice the scent upon the air, a strong invigorating and enlivening scent and aroma coming from the trees . The smell fills your senses and sharpens your thoughts.
You walk in amongst these trees and stand firm and strong and as you inhale you raise your arms above your head and as you exhale you lower them again. As you breathe in, you inhale the strong, enjoyable scent of these trees and you feel it enter into your nose and work its way into your nasal passages.
Spend a few moments just enjoy this fresh, vibrant, sharp and enjoyable smell and natural odour as it fills your nose and then move on to the next step.
Step Four: As the fresh natural smell fills your nostrils, you can feel it beginning to effect your airways… You can feel a freedom, a loosening and a freedom happening within your nasal passages. It is almost as if the strong and powerful, healing smell has properties which break down the congestion, absorbing it and developing in a way that feels wonderfully freeing and comfortable.
Notice it getting more and more comfortable, relieving the congestion, absorbing and cleansing the passages ways whilst healing them and allowing them to feel fresh and at ease. Then move on to the next step.
Step Five: With your senses filled with this wonderful aroma and with your airways freeing up and becoming more comfortable, you start to walk to a clearing beyond the trees … Maybe it is a fresh mountain view, or the sea front that is beyond there, but wherever you choose and create before you, there is a strong, fresh wind, a cool and easy breeze that sweeps through and freshens your nasal passages as you breathe it in.
It helps you be free of the tree scent and washes through and as you notice it working its way through your nostrils, you start to notice that the clean, fresh air ( sea air or mountain air or whatever you chose) is carrying tiny particles of light that seem to shine and glisten in the air. They seem to get to work on your airways, cleaning, cleansing, absorbing anything that was there, they work all the way through to the back of the nose, and those passages connected to the ears, the particles of light absorb, collect and cleanse your passages while you inhale them and then as you exhale, they disperse it all out and away from you, sweeping it out and away, cleansing the areas and leaving them wonderfully healthy and vibrant.
As the nostril become free, you imagine them as healthy passage ways that are delivering this wonderful, fresh clean air to your body and as you breathe it in, you relax more and are calmer.
When you have enjoyed the benefits of the scented trees and the fresh cleansing air, then move on to the next step.
Step Six: Start to tell yourself that when this session is at an end, that your mind continues to build upon and enhance the benefits of this session, enhancing your resistance and boosting your immune system so that you have comfortable and easy breathing very soon indeed.
Step Seven: Take a couple of deeper breaths. Open your eyes and wiggle your fingers and toes to bring this session to an end.
Throughout the day ahead, continue to imagine the goodness being spread by the hypnotic air and scent and let it works it wonder within you.
I have been practicing this a great deal in the past 24 hours and although it does not offer up any immediate solution (heck, anyone who has that would be world famous, right?) but it helps your mind to enhance your body’s defences in any way it possibly can, which certainly beats moping and depressive thoughts that assume you are going to continue being ill!