Mindfulness is a Buddhist concept that consists of bringing one’s full attention to the present moment and observing the sensations that come to mind, how they appear, how they last a certain time and how they disappear. (source Wikipedia). The Buddhist tradition explains that mindfulness is not merely a type of meditative practice but also a way of life. And for many years now, the state of being “fully present” has been used as a means to manage stress, prevent the recurrence of depressive episodes and calm persons suffering from borderlines personality disorder. However, one cannot consider the practice of Mindfulness as a “therapy” per se.
Humanist Hypnosis, on the other hand, is an approach to psychotherapy and is not associated with any religion. Its inductions “in expansion” allow a person to access an altered state of consciousness which does, in fact, allow him or her to become more “present” or conscious. However, this is where the similarity ends. This altered state (also known as an “extraordinary state of consciousness” or EOC) is merely the starting point for the utilization of a number of specific therapeutic techniques in the domains of psychotherapy and coaching, all of which are unique to Humanist Hypnosis.
The common denominator of mindfulness and humanist hypnosis would appear to be that both can help a person in his or her quest of personal growth and development, and they both maintain (or restore) wholeness or unity to the person’s psyche (the Self).