A collective Pattern Interrupt - why now is a great time to consider whether your habits are serving you.
This last few weeks has been a rollercoaster, right. Emotions swinging all over the place.
One minute, anxiety and fear from the threat of this new illness which is tragically claiming the lives of so many. Unease about financial stability. Bombarded with messages from the media, all with their own agenda, trying to sift through and find some truth to stay informed.
The next elation, enormous gratitude and heart-warming happiness at having been given the gift of slowing down. Sitting in the sunshine in the garden watching the children play. Reading to them more than I ever have before. Suddenly and strange clarity aware of how very little we need to feel joy.
And through all this, we are trying to adjust to the situation. Many of our usual routines no longer fit into this new way of living which has been asked of us. I don’t know about you, but I found myself during the last couple of weeks desperately trying to maintain some sense of normality and routine to get by.
Our daily lives run on patterns of behaviour, subconscious programs which mean that we can get on with things while still using our conscious minds to ponder. And suddenly these programmes have been rattled and some of them broken, now defunct. When these programmes are deep the change can bring up a lot of resistance.
One of the patterns that I notice in myself is the Being Busy program. The idea that I need to be busy in order to be productive/useful/of worth. It gets interesting when you dig down into this stuff doesn’t it. So, when my usual routines were interrupted by the escalating news of the virus my subconscious continued to drive me into those same patters – stay busy. And even restricted from my usual work patterns I managed to succeed at Being Busy.
The Being Busy program isn’t a joyful thing for me. It is a sense of compulsion, driven from a place of lack. I am not enough therefore I must do more. I don’t have enough therefore I must do more. I don’t make myself busy with stuff that brings me joy, I fall into victim mode and become resentful that I can’t do the things I want to do.
Do you ever feel that way?
Being Busy is just a question of how I currently choose to prioritise my time. About the habits that I have created based on my underlying subconscious beleifs..
There is a technique used in hypnotherapy called the pattern interrupt.
Where our automatic patterns are interrupted and the subconscious becomes more receptive and open to change. The sub-conscious doesn't know what to do next and awaits instruction.
It occurred to me this morning that we have all been given a collective pattern interrupt.
That's why even though this is a terrible situation, it is also an opportunity for many of us.
This is the perfect time to create new programs, to figure out what we want and what to change.
Our subconscious is awaiting new instructions, new programming. What new habits have you always wanted to install into your routine?
Here are a few of the habits that I want to cultivate:
More time with your children
Less screen time
A regular mediation practice
To make healthy, home cooked meals
To learn a new skill
This doesn’t mean that you should feel under pressure to achieve, this is simply a window of opportunity which can be utilised to form habits for the long term which will add richness to your life now and beyond lockdown.
With this in mind I am holding a Free Meditation on Thursday morning to explore this idea further. The meditation will offer space for creative visualisation. An opportunity to contemplate what you want, what brings you joy and what you love to do. To clarify what is meaningful to you, what you value and where to focus your attention.
What do we want to be saying "No" to more in our life, and what do we want to be saying "Yes" to in its place?
Where are the habits that don’t support our vision for our most fulfilled life coming from?
What stories are we telling ourselves over and over again that support these undesirable habits?
Just by following this line of self-enquiry we can begin to make change to the deeply ingrained thought patterns and behaviours. By shining a light on those unconscious programmes we can begin to move forward in the direction that we want to go.
So, I would love it if you could join me! All you need to do is head over and join the Happy Healthy facebook group, and I will be Live at 9.15am on Thursday morning to guide you in the meditation.
And finally, here is a link to a fascinating podcast with Dr Joe Dispenza on the Science of Changing Your Mind, if you are interested to hear more about how we have the potential to change our mindset.
Have you ever found yourself in class wondering, "Am I doing this right?"
Do you ever find yourself in class, getting frustrated that you can’t do the poses exactly how they are being taught.
Frustrated, because you don’t want to do the modified version that the teacher has offered?
Maybe things don't feel quite right in certain positions, you are feeling discomfort in particular areas of the body.
Or, perhaps you think you should be feeling more? You aren’t sure if you are doing it right. Maybe it feels too easy?
Maybe it’s time to delve a little more deeply into your Yoga practice?
In a 1:1 session we can explore all the things that we do in class in so much more detail and tailored to your needs.
You can learn ways to make the Yoga suit you, rather than you trying to fit into the sequences offered to you.
You can feel empowered to enjoy the class in a way that best suits your body and your needs.
I would love to help you to:
I have just three spaces available for 1:1 clients.
Get in touch to organise your first session.
1 session £45
3 sessions £99
6 sessions £170
As much as I want to champion everyone developing the confidence to start practicing Yoga at home, the other day, I was reminded of how important and beneficial actually going to a class can be.
I was back at my usual, favourite class over in Ashford, and we were doing the usual mixture of evil/fun joint activation and isolation, strength building and mobility.
As I was being led through these sequences, which challenged the brain and the body, I realised how much I could connect with sensation, and with my body in a way that is almost impossible when you are guiding yourself through your practice.
Don’t get me wrong, I think that you get something very special from a personal practice which is valuable in its own way. But while you are being guided by someone else who has skilfully planned a practice to target specific areas, and increase your understanding of your own body, you are then able to place your full attention on experiencing that in full. The sensations, the mental reactions, and perhaps resistance.
The element of surprise is really useful here, as you don’t necessarily know what’s coming next your mind isn’t skipping forward in anticipation and I find that’s the point when I find myself doing something that I didn’t realise I was capable of.
And the sense of laughter and play, and the energy in the room from the other people around you shouldn’t be discounted.
For some people that’s what holds them back from coming along to a class - the fear of the other students, knowing all the moves, being able to do it all effortlessly. But it’s not necessarily the case. There are lots of classes out there that aren’t like that.
What occurred to me as I left the class is how much value there is to a Yoga class. For such a small investment (between £5-£10) you are able to gain so much.
Learn tools to manage stress
Downregulation of the nervous system
Develop your awareness of yourself, your body, your mind and its fluctuations.
A place to laugh
To focus attention and ease the constant chatter in the mind
These are all things that one could pay an awful lot of money for through different types of therapy. And in this one humble place, the yoga class we have access, if we choose to explore it, to all of those things. So, why not give it a try?
Take control and get out there to soak up what is on offer. You can leave the stuff that doesn’t resonate with you – you don’t have to be into chanting, or be super bendy.
If you are keen to get to a Yoga class here is my current schedule for next term. I offer a £30 pass for 6 classes which can be used across all of these venues. Or you can drop into class for £7.
I am teaming up with my good friend Kate, of Kate's Yoga Free Flow to bring you a NEW Monday morning Yoga class starting next week, I'd love to hear from you if you are interested!
Wishing you a peaceful and happy week ahead.
A while ago I got the most amazing feedback from a student at the end of class. It completely overwhelmed me. She said how much she appreciated the time that must be put into each class. That every week the class was different and felt really thought out.
I walked away from the class totally blown away.
It's funny because what usually goes through my mind before and during classes is, “Did I do alright? Did I do enough?”
It was so, so lovely to be reminded that I do put loads of work into each class. It just doesn’t necessarily feel like work to me.
I think about Yoga a lot. You could say obsessively. I read about it constantly, I watch videos about it, I do training and go to classes. I practice at home. I vary the movement I do to support the Yoga, with cardio, and strength training.
I love the philosophy of Yoga, all the elements, beyond just the physical practice. I use the guidelines laid out in the Yoga Sutras to help me to live a balanced, peaceful, and happy life.
Yoga pretty much runs through everything I do.
So I’m really pleased that this comes across. That this is useful to you. That is my aim. To offer something of use.
Because you don’t have to spend as much time as me thinking about it to be able to benefit from the wonderful tools that this practice brings us.
Simple tools that anyone can use to live more at ease, both physically and mentally. Movement, stillness, breath, relaxation, all powerful tools for managing stress. All free. No fancy kit required. And if you can’t get to class that’s OK too, there are many resources out there.
I am currently finalising my first online course which is made up of 3 yoga videos, each around 20 mins long, along with a guided meditation and relaxation and some daily journaling exercises that I have found really useful.
I’ve consolidated everything that I use in my Twilight Retreats and Happy Healthy Programme into one easy to use and follow resource. The course will cost £12 and you will have all of those resources to keep and re-use over and over again in the comfort of your own home (and no need for babysitters).
I’d love to hear if this is something that would be useful for you?
And if you are keen to get to a class here is my schedule.
Or you can book me for a 1:1 session and I can teach you how to practice these tools at home.
In a mediation class I went to last week I was struck by something the teacher said which is so simple and encapsulates the Why behind Yoga for me,
"Authentic Happiness Depends Upon a Peaceful Mind".
Wishing you a peaceful and happy week ahead.
How I share powerful relaxation tools to help people manage stress, overwhelm and anxiety.
My name is Frances, and I am a Yoga teacher and Hypnotherapist and I meet a lot of people who are suffering with feelings of stress and overwhelm. This often means that their sleep is interrupted and they feel tired and lack energy throughout the day. Creating a frustrating, vicious cycle so that this feeds back into the feelings of stress and overwhelm.
I totally understand! I used to feel exactly the same way. Life is stressful! We are all dealing with multiple challenges every single day.
I have found some really simple tools that help me to manage stress in my life, perhaps you might find them useful too.
All of them are based around taking a small amount of time regularly for yourself.
I wonder how often you do that at the moment?
You might feel like you can't meditate. That it is boring or hard. You are right in some ways. It definitely isn't easy. It’s not easy to be still, to do nothing, to sit with ourselves with our eyes closed. It goes against everything that we believe we should be. Productive, efficient, busy. But it's surprising the way that it can make you feel. It's surprising how something so simple can create such an impact on your life. Because that small amount of time that we spend, being still, focussing our attention on our breath, beings to train us to become aware of our thoughts, our feelings, our emotions. By sitting with these things for a short time, without getting caught up in them we are practicing staying connected to the inner stillness and calm that we all possess.
There are so many different meditation techniques out there, perhaps you can find a recording to listen to that you like or try a moving meditation. I prefer to keep it really simple. I've attached my favourite meditation technique, which is inspired by the Buddhist teachings.
One piece of advice I've found really useful is to slot in your meditation just before you go to sleep. So, you are in bed, but sitting up, and you haven't turned the light out yet, and you can just close your eyes for 10 minutes before you settle down to sleep.
2. The Breath
The way that we feel affects the way that we breath and the way that we breath affects the way that we feel. The breath is a powerful tool in signalling to our nervous system, and we can use this to shift us into a more relaxed state.
There are lots of different techniques, especially in Yoga. Again, for me I like to keep things simple.
Firstly, just take a moment to notice how you are breathing right now?
In this present moment?
Are you breathing through the nose comfortably?
Does the breath feel smooth or ragged, warm or cool?
Maybe place one hand on your chest, and one on your abdomen and notice where you feel the body expand as you inhale.
And how does the body respond as you exhale?
Once you have found a comfortable breath, you can practice extending the exhale.
So, you might start by breathing in for 4 and breathing out for 6.
And then if that is comfortable extending that even further by breathing in for 5 and breathing out for 7.
Try dropping this breath into your day, for a couple of minutes, perhaps while you are waiting in line, or sitting in your car and notice how it makes you feel.
Research shows that people who are positive in the present are 31% more productive. Check out Shawn Achor’s Ted Talk on positive psychology if you are interested in finding out more. Based on his principles, the journaling exercise below encourages you to:
This one is my favourite! Time spent doing nothing. No focussed awareness, no objective. Find a comfortable position for the body so that you can relax. Scan through and note the different parts relaxing, and perhaps some parts not ready to relax yet, and that's Ok too. Allow the mind to drift, or focus on sensation, or the breath. Whatever gives the mind space to relax and drop into a state that is not quite waking and not quite sleep.
Again, you can use recordings for this. I have a short free guided relaxation you can access here
There are plenty more available out there. I particularly like Yoga Nidra which guides you through all the different body parts. This is one of my favourites, available on Spotify
The great thing about all of these things is that they are pretty easy to sneak into your daily routine.
So give them a try and let me know how you get on. I'd love to hear from you.
This is how my Christmas’s used to go…
Try to ignore that it’s happening.
Can’t ignore it as I’ve now got kids so from Dec 1st we are in full swing Chirstmas mode with advent calendars, tree and decorations. Thank goodness I never heard about the Elf on the Shelf until I realised what hard work it would be.
Try to ignore it some more.
Worry about money – look at the list to buy for and crumple.
Try to ignore it some more.
Track down costumes for plays, gold coins for the Christmas fair, and remember its tag day all at the last minute, because I’ve been busy working like a madwoman to earn enough for the presents.
Try to ignore it some more.
Figure out who we are seeing when. With divorced parents there’s always a slight awkwardness to who you are seeing. Add in a set of in-laws and that means there are a lot of people who you are worried about pleasing/pissing off.
Try to ignore it some more.
Start hearing Christmas songs and get a little bit excited, see friends, then get carried away and drink too much. Feel terrible.
Try to ignore it some more.
Back to the gift lists and time is ticking now. We are pretty close, one week to go. Still barely any presents. Get into town one day and go crazy – ignore all of the budgets as I can’t find anything at this late stage. Forget wrapping paper.
Christmas Eve Eve – get out all the presents I’ve got so far and decide they are all rubbish and there aren’t enough so go back for a final frenzy. Decide last minute that my son needs an i-phone for his present (one of the worst ideas I have ever had).
Christmas Eve – back into town, last minute things, plus food. The supermarket is packed. I forget cellotape.
Christmas Eve night, after the magic of putting the kids to be with the stockings and mince pies and carrot for Rudolph I set to the wrapping. 2am I run out of wrapping paper.
Christmas Day – start drinking bucks fizz at breakfast. Get emotional at lunchtime. Going stir crazy by 4pm. Totally depressed by the evening.
Thank goodness for the Boxing Day Dip.
I now realise that there are lots of feelings tied up at this time of year so I need to gain calm and clarity.
These are my new rules for myself:
This is what I’m currently thinking about in preparation for a calm and frazzle free Christmas
As soon as you get into work you hit the ground running and start smashing through your to-do list. Before you know it its lunchtime but you don’t have time to eat. Perhaps you send someone to get lunch for you to eat at your desk. Something easy that you can wolf down quickly while you carry on working at your computer. By this point you’ve pretty much been sitting in the same position for the last 5 hours, bar a couple of quick sprints to the printer.
But you are flying, the adrenalin is pumping, this is how you work best. And then an email lands like a bombshell, someone questioning your work, why things have been done a certain way, or not and suddenly your stomach lurches. You feel a sick cold creeping dread. You freeze. You must not be seen as incompetent. You must not be seen to fail. You rack your brains pedalling furiously back through your work to check that the mistake is not yours. Please let someone else be to blame.
Thankfully, this time, you realise that it’s OK, it was someone else who dropped the ball, and not you, this time. Time for a coffee, although by now your nerves are jangling already but you need to push through till the end of the day. After a chat at the kitchen about the latest updates from the latest celebrity reality tv show you put your head down and continue to smash through the work pile.
By 5 your mind starts to wander and you wonder whether anyone fancies going for a drink after work. You need it today. Hit the pub straight out of work and settle in for a.couple of hours and a few glasses of wine. The boss is buying and keeps ordering you large glasses so by the time you start the long commute home you realise you are already pretty drunk. Might as well get a drink for the train home as well then, along with grabbing something to eat as you are starving. You spend the train ride spinning mindlessly through facebook and Instagram looking at pictures of holidays, and festivals and far away places. Dreaming about how you might be able to escape this relentless cycle. Becoming maudlin and making comments on posts which you will regret in the morning.
By the time you get home there is nothing for it but to slump in front of the tv. Watching something that requires no thought, something soothing that you can zone out and fall asleep to. A fitful night’s sleep. Semi-conscious, anxiously scrolling through your to do list for tomorrow. Until the alarm goes off. To get up and start it all again. Dog tired and queasy.
Heading back in to do battle. Ready to negotiate. To win at this game. Get in with the right people. Stay away from the wrong ones. Put on your armour and head back in there, because you can do this, right?
Does this sound familiar?
Wondering if there is more to life than this?
Do you wish you could:
have more energy
to figure out what it is that you really want and how to get it
If so, I would love to hear from you.
There are tools and techniques that I can share with you to manage the stress you feel, to become clear on your goals and how to achieve them.
Call me for a FREE consultation to find out how I can help you.
I am not a natural in the kitchen, especially when it comes to baking. It requires too much precision and planning, when I'm more into improvisation. However, I needed a good snack to help us refuel after my monthly Twilight Retreat, an afternoon of Yoga and relaxation and I finally found the perfect recipe for me. It is super easy and tastes amazing, even when I am in charge of the cooking!
Instead of having to trawl through my Facebook page to find the recipe I decided to post it here:
*Twilight Retreat Brownies*, enjoy!!
5 tablespoons coconut oil
200g dark chocolate
170g self-raising flour
3 heaped teaspoons cocoa powder
180g brown sugar
1 vanilla pod
1 cap of vanilla extract
230ml unsweetened organic coconut milk
Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Grease a square baking tin (roughly 20cm) with a little oil, then line with greaseproof paper.
Place a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the base doesn’t touch the water. Break 150g of chocolate into the bowl and allow it to melt, then set aside to cool slightly.
Melt the coconut oil in a small pan.
Meanwhile, sieve the flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl, then stir in the sugar and a pinch of salt. Halve the vanilla pod lengthways, scrape out the seeds, then add them to the bowl. Add the vanilla extract. Stir in the oil, coconut milk and melted chocolate until combined.
Roughly chop and stir in half the remaining chocolate.
Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, spreading it out evenly. Sprinkle over the remaining chocolate, then place into the hot oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cooked on the outside, but still gooey in the middle.
Leave to cool for around 5 minutes, turn out onto a wire cooling rack.
Let me know if you give the receipe a try and how you get on :)
Places are filling up for the Happy Healthy Weekend Yoga Retreat and I’d love to see more of you there!
This is the plan so far, subject to change with weather but I’m hoping to squeeze an outdoor practice in at some point over the weekend, and maybe a sea swim? I’m ever hopeful!!
Saturday 5th October
Arrive – tea and greetings ☕️
Journalling and visualisation exercises, basically grown up day dreaming your best life ✨
Slow Flow Yoga & Meditation 🧘🏻♀️
Tea Break (basically loads of tea)
Group and Partner Yoga 👯♀️
Delicious Vegan Lunch 🥗
Write the body workshop - Yoga and creative writing for no other purpose than for your own enjoyment 📖🖋
Tea and Cake 🍰
Re-learn to relax - yoga for relaxation followed by Yoga Nidra ✨
Saturday night bike ride to @drlegumes for a delicious vegan supper 💚
Sunday 6th October
Meet on beach – Energising Yoga & meditation
Tea break ☕️
Workshop – free the joints: the importance of strength and mobility
Delicious Vegan Lunch 🥗
Workshop - Taking Your Practice Home – A frame work for your home practice. Becoming your own teacher and listening to your body.
Free time to explore your practice and reflect
It would be lovely to have you there to share the weekend with us! You can find full details of the event over on Facebook
Please feel free to shout out any questions you have xx
I developed my fear of heights around my late teens. My Dad had mentioned that he was scared of heights around this time, which was a new thing that had developed with age for him. My fear manifested anywhere that there was a large drop, but also in places that were high up and otherwise safe. I had an embarrassing family trip on the London Eye where I became paralysed with fear for the whole duration of the experience and wasn’t able to talk or move for the whole journey. My brain always seemed to go to the worst-case scenario, to the extreme and unlikely chances of things going wrong.
So, when my old school friends suggested a zip wire experience in Wales for their 40thbirthday celebrations I agreed knowing deep down that I probably wouldn’t go through with it. My cunning plan was to go along for the ride and then duck out at the last minute. But at the same time, I knew from my work as a hypnotherapist that these fears could be overcome if I really wanted. And I did want it, I wanted to be able to enjoy exciting experiences with friends and family when the opportunity arose.
Since training as a Hypnotherapist, I had noticed my fear improving a little already, things like cliff walks had become easier as I noticed the feelings associated with the fear objectively without getting caught up in a spiral of imagined disasters. I was able to think more rationally and calmly rather than being overcome with panic and the physical responses associated – shaking, nausea, and wanting to burst into tears. Despite these improvements I wasn’t wholly convinced that this was going to be enough to allow me to zip 1000m down a mountain at 100 miles an hour with ease. This may need a little more work.
I decided to treat myself as I would a client and scheduled sessions before bed to visualise the whole experience, how it would look, feel and sound. I had seen a video of the way we would be launched over the edge and it involved getting up onto a table wearing a harness which was then strapped to the zip wire. During my self-hypnosis sessions, just before bed, I imagined myself getting into the harness and how comfortable it would feel, like being wrapped up and tucked into bed. I then imagined getting onto the table, as though hopping onto a massage table, ready for a relaxing massage. I visualised a bird flying high up in the sky and thought about how exciting and free that would make me feel. Also recalling a memory of when I most felt free, adventurous and excited about life, a memory from my twenties of flying down a hill on a moped while holidaying on an exotic island in Thailand, palm trees swaying on the warm evening breeze. I called on that version of myself to be there to support me through the experience.
During these sessions I practiced the breathing techniques that I have learned in my Yoga training – the ujjayi or ocean breath, where the back of the throat is constricted slightly to create a soft sighing sound is very comforting. I also practice extending the exhale, making it longer then the inhale. This taps into the parasympathetic nervous system and helps to bypass those fight or flight feelings. These breathing exercises were invaluable on the day and were a key part of me being able to go through with it, and actually enjoy the ride.
When it came to the day before, and the day itself I still wasn’t sure whether I would actually be able to go through with it, however, I didn’t feel as stressed as I normally would and I stayed focussed on the work I had done and decided to go with the flow and not put too much pressure on myself. I didn’t let myself think about it too much as we set off in the car on our way there but when we arrived it all became a bit more real. As I saw the actual mountain and the actual zip-wire I felt those familiar physical sensations begin of rising panic. But I knew what to do, I kept my breathing slow and regular, I took moments here and there while we were waiting to check in with myself and go back over the visualisations. I consciously kept my body loose and relaxed as we prepared for our turn. The feeling of fear grew in my chest and the urge to cry was strong but I found moving around really helpful – I guess I really was in fight or flight mode at that point and so it felt good to jump around and jog on the spot to try to release that and as I did that I found that feeling of fear turning into excitement. I probably looked pretty silly, jumping around and punching the air but I was past caring and was able to really start to focus myself on the goal. As our harnesses were put on, they were reassuringly heavy and weighty and really did feel comfortable, just like I had imagined. I was able to laugh and joke with my friends, I was verging on hysteria really and still moving around a lot as we headed to the top. It helped that the wire ran over a beautiful blue pool of water surrounded by trees and the mountain. I hopped up onto the table just as I imagined, it was as though I knew exactly what to do. I lay my head onto my hands and relaxed into the table as though I was waiting for my massage. As the staff worked around me manoeuvring the harness as required, I made my body heavy and malleable and focused on my breath and the feeling of relaxation. By focussing on my breathing, I didn’t allow any other thoughts or worries to creep in. Using my breath like an anchor along with the sensations of comfort and relaxation and bringing back to mind the image of the bird souring through the air as I waited. The table was then lowered from beneath me and we waited, hanging suspended – when asked if I was OK, I said yes and I really meant it, I felt great, and ready to go. Then we were off, and it was the most amazing feeling, of flying, totally relaxed and comfortable, smiling as I passed over the quarry below with wonder. Before I knew it, it was all over, and I was back on the ground with a huge grin on my face.
I could not quite believe that I had actually gone through with it and overcome that huge obstacle – my fear. Something I had never been able to do in the past. The elation was immense and along with that a sense that if I could do this, I could do anything. Fear is a funny thing (not funny when you are in its grip) our instinct is to protect ourselves but sometimes this instinct prevents us doing things which are actually good for us. Even putting yourself out of your comfort zone in a small way can trigger these feelings. But sometimes this can prevent us from growing and doing the things we want to do, things like going for the career you really want because of fear of failure or being too frightened to take an opportunity to speak out when you need to. I really like this quote from The Untethered Soul, by Michael A. Singer,
“If you mistreat an animal it becomes afraid, this is what happened to your psyche. You have mistreated it by giving it a responsibility that is incomprehensible. Just stop for a moment and see what you have given your mind to do. You said to your mind “I want everyone to like me, I don’t want anyone to speak badly of me, I want everything I say and do to be acceptable and pleasing to everyone. I don’t want anyone to hurt me, I don’t want anything to happen that I don’t like, and I want everything to happen that I do like.” Then you said, “Now mind figure out how to make every one of those things a reality. Even if you have to think about it all day and night.” And then of course your mind says, “I’m on the job, I will work on it constantly”.
Our mind is doing the job it thinks it should do in overdrive to the point where sometimes we can feel paralysed and unable to do anything. However, there is a way through this. By becoming aware of the feeling, of the physical sensations and the narrative of the mind we can observe and decide whether they are justified or not. We can manage the feelings with techniques like visualisation and breath work and choose to move towards our goals despite our fear. It may not disappear, it didn’t for me. I felt the fear but was able to observe it and act without getting caught into its narrative. And it the benefits of doing so were so worth it. We only have one life to live and I’m so glad that I didn’t come back down the mountain on the truck, I conquered the fear and flew instead.
If you would like to find out how hypnotherapy can help you to conquer your fears then give me a call. If I can do it anyone can.
Frances Robertson-Ritchie, Yoga teacher and hypnotherapist