Meditation draws you into an altered state of consciousness. By quietening your mind and focusing on the present moment, your attention shifts. With a clear enough mind, things begin to change.
You become more resilient and creative.
Your health improves.
Small hassles stop bothering you while small pleasures enthral you.
I would go as far as to say it makes literally everything better.
Not everyone does it, though. I don’t hold that against anyone. It look me ages to learn, and then relearn meditation. A big stumbling block – for me and others – is clearing your mind.
It’s not easy. Some days it seems easier to push air out a window than to clear your mind. Even as you ease one thought into silence, another whispers through your fingertips.
And if you ever do achieve a still mind, you can easily break it by… noticing how still your mind is.
Most instructions on how to meditate are frustrating. Empty your mind how exactly? Keep your focus where?
It can be frustratingly vague listening to anyone talk about it.
Luckily, there’s an alternative.
What if you could enter the same mental state meditation brings – that altered state of consciousness that comes from a quiet, focused mind – without having to do anything vague?
Sure, it’ll still be a challenge.
But at least it’ll be a concrete one. Instead of clearing your mind, it’s paying attention to this. Or trying that with your attention.
Scanning your body for one thing or imagining something else.
All laid out, step by step.
With practice – and once you know what to look for – you can enter that altered state of consciousness with just a thought. You don’t even need to close your eyes. You could be in the middle of a conversation, in the audience at a rock concert…
(heck, you could be on stage at a rock concert…)
… and enter a state of meditation without anyone else noticing.
Self-hypnosis is one of the best kept secrets around. If more people knew about it, fewer would bother with needlessly complicated and abstract meditation exercises.
There are only so many ways to enter a meditative trance. With self-hypnosis, you can use just about anything.
As easy as snapping your fingers.
Or whatever you want to use.
You can learn self-hypnosis in the comfort of your own home. Or on a bus, like I mostly did.
This is all you need to get started (and do everything after that):