It may sound like I'm about to veer into Derek Flint territory, but there isn't anything particularly weird or mysterious about simple self-hypnosis, at least not the method I use.
Here are the basics:
- Lie down or sit comfortably.
- Close your eyes.
- Begin concentrating on your toes. Think about them. Then imagine them falling asleep. almost as if they are disconnecting from the rest of your body.
- Once you are done with your toes, move on to your feet, your legs, etc.
I've found self-hypnosis particularly useful on nights I couldn't get to sleep and on long airplane trips.
Where did my mom pick up this offbeat skill? I don't really know. She was an accomplished nurse, and accumulated all sorts of medical knowledge over the years. Self-hypnosis was probably just one of those things she picked up.
Zen breathing is sort of a cousin of self-hypnosis. It's also a rather fancy way of simply referring to the practice counting your breaths.