Hypnosis Versus Mindfulness and Meditation: Which One is Right for You?
The lines are indeed blurry when it comes to the subtle differences between mindfulness, meditation, and hypnosis. When it comes to choosing a healing modality, you might be wondering what the real differences are? Is one practice better than the other, or are they just different practices?
Meditation and hypnosis both use the focusing power of the mind to help someone make lasting changes. Both meditation and hypnosis can help you increase mental clarity, focus, and concentration. Similar to other wellness practices like visualization or deep breathing, both meditation and hypnosis have many benefits.
Where does that leave mindfulness?
The big difference between mindfulness and practices such as meditation and hypnosis are the intention of focus.
Mindfulness is all about focusing your awareness on the here and now. It means accepting and understanding that each moment is meant to be experienced now because tomorrow really never comes. Mindfulness really means to live in the moment and live in the breath - it's really that simple.
For example, you might practice mindfulness by doing a body scan and checking in with your body, engaging in some deep breathing, or by simply acknowledging your thoughts. Mindfulness practices are meant to help you focus on what is happening in your mind and body at any given time.
The practice of mindfulness has become a big trend. By being mindful, you begin to realize that your thoughts do not define you or control you, they simply are. By observing your thoughts in a detached manner, you can begin to step away from them, helping you let go of stress and anxiety.
Being present in the moment is incredibly empowering and it can help you better manage stress and anxiety when it does occur.
Being mindful means paying attention to all those little details. It means focusing on the breath or focusing on something with 100% of your attention. Mindfulness is not about multitasking or trying to do more, so, in essence, it is counterintuitive to what most of us have been taught. That might be the key difference between a practice like mindfulness and something like hypnosis or meditation.
Some of the many benefits to mindfulness, according to positivepsychology.com include benefits such as:
- Stress reduction.
- Greater ability to deal with illnesses.
- Aid in the facilitation of recovery.
- Can help decrease depression symptoms.
- Can help improve general health.
- Improve academic success.
- Can help boost resilience.
- Can help lower work-related stress and psychological distress.
- Improve social and relational skills.
- Reduce aggression and bullying in children.
As you can see, the practice of mindfulness has been clinically proven to be a wonderful type of “therapy” for the mind, body, and spirit.
Hypnosis Versus Meditation
Hypnosis, on the other hand, has one key difference when comparing it to something like mindfulness or meditation, it is a practice that takes clients into a much deeper state of mind.
Hypnosis is also typically directed towards a very specific goal like quitting smoking or weight loss. It has even been said that an hour of hypnosis might even be just as effective as several hours of sleep, so in terms of stress management, hypnosis makes a wonderful choice.
Hypnosis can be thought of as a very deep form of meditation, however, the main difference is actually the fact that hypnosis is typically designed to program the mind, or rather reprogram the subconscious mind, towards some kind of clinical change.
This could be a change such as weight loss, smoking cessation, getting rid of a phobia, or even something like severe anxiety. While you could choose hypnosis as a simple relaxation procedure, typically clients have some kind of challenge in mind they would like to overcome.
The main focus of meditation is often to quiet the mind so both practices are very similar. Hypnosis helps the client override the conscious mind so that the subconscious mind can come to the forefront, where changes are more easily made.
Hypnosis often takes you into a much deeper state of mind, when compared to meditation and that may be the key difference between the two practices.
Some of the many benefits to hypnosis, according to Penn Medicine, include:
- A helpful tool for treating insomnia and sleepwalking.
- Helps ease anxiety.
- Can help manage IBS, irritable bowel syndrome.
- Great tool for chronic pain, such as migraines, headaches, or arthritis.
- Can help you quit smoking.
- Can aid weight loss.
While there are obviously many additional benefits to hypnosis than these six things, you can clearly see that hypnosis has been proven to be clinically effective, in helping patients overcome issues they might have difficulties overcoming.
The Many Benefits of Meditation
As you are starting to see, all three of these practices have many similarities. It may come down to personal preference when it comes to choosing the right therapy for you.
Meditation has many benefits; including helping provide you with a greater sense of peace and calm. Meditation is also a great way to detoxify the mind and body, helping you melt away the layers of stress that build up.
According to Healthline, there are 12 science-based benefits of a beautiful practice like meditation.
- Stress reduction.
- Helps control anxiety.
- Promotes emotional health.
- Enhances one’s self-awareness.
- Can lengthen attention span.
- May reduce memory loss related to age.
- Can generate kindness.
- Can help fight addictions.
- Can help improve sleep.
- May help control pain.
- Could lower blood pressure.
- It’s accessible anywhere!
No matter which of the practices you choose, you can’t go wrong. All three practices offer you the benefit of relaxation and stress reduction. You can rest assured, that whether you choose hypnosis, mindfulness, or meditation, doesn’t really matter, as long as you have the intention to heal.
If hypnosis is too intimidating for you, try meditation or mindfulness. If you have never engaged in any of these practices, mindfulness may be the best way to dip your toes into the water, because the sessions are often very simple and typically meant for beginners.
In the end, it’s a personal choice so it’s best to choose the practice you feel the most comfortable with.
At ZentasticFit, many of our instructors offer hypnosis, mindfulness and meditation as part of their services. Work together with our skilled yoga teachers, holistic or life coaches, whatever is the best choice for you. Our instructors are here to help with it all, and you can book online sessions with them on your time, your terms. Browse through our instructors’ profiles and find the right fit for you!
By Leslie Riopel