“Sleep is the best meditation”Dalai Lama
Some of my clients have sleep issues, and they come to me to teach them how to meditate so they can fall asleep, or go back to sleep when they wake up in the middle of the night.
When someone tells me they have a problem sleeping, whether it’s going to sleep or staying asleep, the first thing I ask them is, ‘What do you do when that happens?’
What they tell me is exactly what I expect to hear, not because I know their sleep patterns so well, but because most people do the same thing when they can’t sleep; they surrender to doing things that are actually anti-sleep, and what that means is they will resort to stimulating the mind rather than calming it, which is what is needed for sleep.
Here is what to avoid before sleep, followed by a “Staying in bed” meditation to help you fall asleep:
Try and make those your seven sleep principles, and follow them as often as you can.
Repeat these steps until you fall asleep, and if waking up in the middle of the night is your problem, don’t get out of bed, but instead do this meditation. The minute you get out of bed, or go on your computer or devices, you’re telling yourself, “I’m awake,” which is sending a message to your subconscious that you’ve accepted it. Instead, stay in bed, and tell yourself, “I will fall asleep again,” which is telling your subconscious what your clear intention is. You’re in charge of where you want your mind to go, so if it’s staying awake, you will allow your mind to be active, and if it’s going to sleep, you will direct your mind towards calming down and relaxing.
When you surrender to sleep, you allow for a blissful state of mind where thoughts no longer control you, and you are free of the strains and stresses of daily life. Don’t you want to treat yourself to that?
Close your eyes….