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  1. What’s the difference between hypnosis and meditation?

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    What’s the difference between hypnosis and meditation?

    People often ask what the difference between meditation, hypnosis and also mindfulness is, so here is one way that I like to explain how things work to people.

    There are some similarities and also a few differences between them, and I often talk about how this means that hypnosis can be easier for people than meditation.

     What is the difference between meditation and hypnosis

    Ways that they are similar..

     Both hypnosis and meditation are all about learning to take yourself off to a quiet and peaceful state of mind that helps promote calmness of thoughts and reduce levels of stress and anxiety.


    Some people find a good way to talk about the two is to use the example of asking what the difference is between alcohol and wine. Lots of people now use apps to help them meditate and of course when we think of someone practicing meditation we often imagine a Buddhist monk on a mountain in Tibet, sitting cross legged and spending many hours achieving a calm state.

    So, in that way, meditation can be seen as a more specific, specialised way to find yourself in a type of hypnotic state. It is also often thought of as being part of a wider spiritual system.


    Ways that they differ..

    One of the biggest differences is that hypnosis is usually more directed and then used to help people detach from emotions and behaviour that people don’t want so that they can then begin to see new ways of thinking and behaving.


    This is why we would use hypnosis to help stop smoking based on the conversation we would have. We can then weave all the positive benefits of becoming a non smoker into a directed hypnosis session for you.

    We can utilise the power of positive suggestion within hypnosis to bring about subconscious change to the way you think and feel about being a smoker and cigarettes.  When we use hypnosis we help you to drift into a calm type of hypnotic relaxation and focused attention, so that the suggestions can enter your subconscious mind.  


    With meditation the work is all done by you. You are the one trying to relax yourself and let your thoughts go to wherever you want them to go whilst meditation occurs. Of course this can actually be very difficult and that’s why visiting someone who can do hypnosis for you makes things much easier.


    In a nutshell I always talk about how mediation can be quite hard to do on your own and hypnosis is much easier when you have someone to guide you and you can just lie back and relax and let things happen to you. You are always in control, but you almost don’t even need to listen as the words drift over you and you drift in your own imagination.

    ...and mindfulness?

    Well mindfulness is all about living in the moment, not worrying about things that have already happened or about things that haven’t happened yet. You can learn that when you are out for a walk you can enjoy the walk, feel the warmth of the sun on your face, and hear the sound of the leaves on the tress rustling while detaching from whatever else is happening in your life. Of course this takes a bit of practice and hypnosis can help you as well as using some meditation techniques too.

  2. Dr Seuss Oh the Places You'll Go read for you with an English accent

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    Oh The Places You'll Go read for you - A wonderful story by Dr. Seuss.

    Oh the places you'll go is a story that I often read to children when I am working with them and their parents and I wanted people to be able to hear the story read at any time.

    It's a very famous story and in fact in even featured in the sitcom Friends. In the episode "The one where Rachael finds out" Joey gives the book to Rachael as a birthday present. So, if you are wondering..."What book did Joey give Rachael in Friends for her birthday?" this is the Dr Seuss book that he gave her as a gift.


    There are lots of American voices reading this wonderful story, but I couldn't find any where the story is read with an English accent, and as that is where I am from I thought I would read it for you. I hope you enjoy listening.


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    What is Oh The Places You'll go about?

    So, it's a book written and illustrated by children's author Dr. Seuss. It was first published by Random House on January 22, 1990. It is his last book to be published during his lifetime. The book concerns the journey of life and its challenges. Though written in the style of classics such as Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! has many specific characters including a narrator and the reader. A young boy, referred to simply as "you", initiates the action of the story. However, the presence of a main character helps readers to identify with the book. It is written in second person and uses future tense.

    On the Teaching Children Philosphy website there is some useful informaion written by By Danielle Perris and Lindsay Romanic

    https://www.teachingchildrenphilosophy.org/BookModule/OhThePlacesYoullGo  There are lots of ideas that you can explore with children on what it means to them and what lessons we can learn from this book too.

    "Dr. Seuss’s children’s book Oh the Places You’ll Go raises the question about the theory of individualism vs. communitarianism. The book uses the phrase “The brains in your head, the feet in your shoes” as a metaphor for the skill, abilities, and knowledge one has to help them succeed within a new life phase, for example graduation. Dr Seuss also discusses the moments within a new phase where there will be struggles and difficulties and at times, you will be stuck in “the waiting place.” The “waiting place” is where you may be waiting for opportunities to come or preparing for these new opportunities. This story raises questions about how we get the “brains in our head and the feet in your shoes.” Are we able to develop the skills, abilities, and knowledge on our own or do we need the help of others and our society? Is it possible for us, as individuals, to create our own opportunities, or do we need other’s help in order to pull us out of the “waiting place?” Furthermore, it could be argued that our skills, abilities, and knowledge are a product of our individual nature. However, if we are a product of our society, then it could be argued that we need our society to help us through new life phases. Although we live within a community, it is easy to feel as though you are alone. An individual’s identity may been seen as a product of their relationships with others or it may be viewed as just an individual nature that one has chosen out of their own free will."

    #drseuss #ohtheplacessyoullgo 

    You can get the book by Dr. Seuss from Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2HeJA4Q