Kale is more popular than ever. Maybe this is news to you, or maybe you are reading this from the front row seat of the Kale-Wagon. Or maybe, like me, you are just making it through your first bag of green leafy goodness. Either way, like it, love it, tolerate or hate it, you might be surprised to learn the 3 ways in which Kale is like Hypnosis.

1. It’s Been Around For A Long Time:
• Kale: The dark, leafy green has been a staple on dinner plates since Roman times and has long been common across much of Europe. The plant is thought to have originated in Asia Minor and to have been brought to Europe around 600 B.C. by groups of Celtic wanderers.
• Hypnosis: Although the word “hypnosis” wasn’t even coined until the mid-1800’s, hypnosis has its origin in the Ancient Sleep temples of Egypt and the Oracles of Greece. Divining answers, creating perspective and connecting to inner wisdom through a lucid sleep-like state has been a regularly accepted practice across the globe since before the dawn of time.

2. It’s Commonly Regarded As A “Break Glass In Case of Emergency” Thing:
• Kale: Let’s face it. Kale would probably be your last choice of leafy greens – after you had tried EVERYTHING else in the produce section. If your local grocery store was out of iceberg, romaine, and spinach, you’d still likely choose one of Kale’s cousins – cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower before tossing the big fluffy bag in your cart – that is, of course, unless you needed a garnish for your fried macaroni and cheese balls.
• Hypnosis: It’s not a scientific study, but I have observed that 9 out of 10 people who come to my office, answer the “why hypnosis” question in a very predictable way – “because I’ve tried everything else and nothing else worked.” Folks will ingest chemicals, have parts removed, have parts augmented, consult this professional, attend that workshop, subject themselves to poke, prod and pulse before trying Hypnosis. And then, it’s on a dare or in a group setting so the risk is low.

3. It’s Really, Really Good For You:
• Kale: So I had to look this up on Web MD because perhaps I’m still trying to make it taste better in my mind by highlighting the actual nutritional value. Kale is considered a “super food” because of its dense and concentrated delivery of a wide range of “essentials” fundamental to our organic survival. One cup of raw kale has nearly 3 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fiber, Vitamins A, C, and K, Folate, a B vitamin (key for brain development), Alpha-linolenic acid, and minerals including phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and zinc. It has more Vitamin C than an orange. Whoa. . .stores should just shelve it next to the Flintstone’s Multivitamin and call it a day.
• Hypnosis: You can’t really go into the hypnotic state without agreeing to go there. So, your hypnosis session (whether in the office or at home listening to a recording) is really a choice – your choice. And in exercising your choice, you empower yourself to access your mind to activate focus in the same way a magnifying glass focuses and intensifies sunlight. While in the state, you explore and bring to consciousness barriers, blocks and underlying motivations and then generate and amplify mental images that illustrate positive change. And, the duration of the sessions and length of process is often shorter (and less expensive) than other change work modalities, yet yield lasting impact on our mental and emotional wellbeing. Hypnosis – the kale of change work modalities.  Densely concentrated delivery of dynamic internal change that has lasting impact on our survival. That’s good. Really, really good.

So, if you enjoy kale, woo hoo for you! You might enjoy joining the 50 Shades of Kale movement and explore just how versatile and flexible a food it really is. (I personally recommend Cheezy Kale Chips. You’ll thank me.) If you want to take advantage of all of the incredible benefits of foods like kale, good news – there’s hypnosis for that. Hypnosis can absolutely help you shift your perception and cultivate a “taste” for healthy food choices. If that’s what you want.

If you don’t like kale and you are tired of your friends and family members trying to sneak it into your protein shakes or salads, good news – there’s hypnosis for that too (for you, not them.) Hypnosis is a flexible, versatile tool for transforming many of life’s challenges, big or small. It can help you cultivate compassion, understanding, love, allowance and forgiveness for folks who see the world different from you; folks who have positive intentions but sometimes disparaging execution. How does it get any better than that?

I wonder. . . if we can find commonality in two random things like kale and hypnosis, can we perhaps find commonality in each other? That would be good for you us too. Really, really good.