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You can use deep breathing as an induction. Do this seated.
Put your feet flat on the floor and your hands in your lap, in any way you find comfortable and relaxed. Fix your eyes on the floor, looking down about 45 degrees. Breathe deeply and easily, from your diaphragm. (Your abdomen should move out when you inhale and in when you exhale.)
After a couple of minutes, you will enter a light trance. Close your eyes and continue with the self-hypnosis procedure.
An alternative is to use rhythmic breathing. Try breathing in to a count of 5, pause, then breathe out to a count of 7. Try different rhythms. What is natural for you? Don't force it. Don't rush it. You can also try just taking a few deep breaths, then starting rhythmic breathing.
Most of us do not breathe deeply enough in everyday life. There's also a tendency to hold your breath when you are concentrating on something. Make sure you breathe deeply and easily during self-hypnosis. It will help you to breathe more deeply and efficiently during the day as well.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|