Do you suffer from insomnia or have a hard time falling asleep? And eventually when you do fall asleep do you suffer from a dreamless sleep and never quite feel rested enough?
There are a lot of theories and opinions about how much sleep a person needs and while it varies according to health, activity and circumstances it is an established fact that the deeper and more peaceful the sleep is, the more rested we feel the next morning.
Sleep meditation is a form of meditation that helps you relax your mind and releases it of stress leading to a more peaceful and deep sleep. There are many ways of sleep meditation, but you may want to follow these steps first before performing sleep meditation to prepare your body and promote a deeper and more restful sleep:
Slow Down before Sleep Meditation
Before going to bed, slow down any heavy mental activity; write down what you need to do the next day and leave the list in the other room. This will allow you to clear your mind and let the energy start coalescing so that you can do you want to before you start the sleep meditation.
If there are other things that are on your mind, turn it over to a higher unemployed power that needs the activity for the night. Feel complete about the day, and acknowledge what you have accomplished and the lessons you have learned. Forgive yourself for anything that bothers you and list five things you are grateful for. In short, devote the next few hours to peaceful, unoccupied sleep.
Eating Habits before Sleep Meditation
Eat at least two and a half hours before you go to bed. Eating just before going to sleep gets your body tied up with digestion and it’s hard to sleep deeply. Be conscious of what you eat, no animal protein, no dairy products or fried and heavy foods. Eat lightly for an evening meal. Easily digested dishes are the best for the evening meal and will prepare your body for the sleep meditation.
Practice the Left Nostril Breathing before Sleep Meditation
The nostrils are associated with two different energies. We are energized and stimulated when we breathe in through the right nostril, and when we breathe through the left we relax and calm down. Approximately after every two and a half hours, our breath naturally changes dominant nostrils. After eating, our nostrils will change to the left to accommodate the energy needed to digest food and that is the reason why we feel sleepy after eating.
The dominant nostril is the nostril that is easy to breathe through when you block the other nostril. It is useful before going to bed, to sit quietly and block off the right nostril and breathe long and deeply through the left nostril. Slowing down the breath to four or less breaths per minute can facilitate sleep.
Bedtime or Sleep Meditation – Shabad Kriya
If you practice this sleep meditation on a regular basis, once a week or even every night, your sleep will be deep and relaxed. The control of the rhythm of the breath strengthens the nervous system and regenerates nerves. After a few months of practicing this sleep meditation, the rhythm of your breath will subconsciously be regulated. This form of meditation is a great way to recover from fatigue caused by stress due to travel and even jet lag.
Sit in an easy position keeping the back straight, hands in the lap, palms up, right hand resting on top of left while the thumbs touch and face forward.
Focus the eyes at the tip of the nose; there are several ways one can do this. One would be to bring your forefinger in front of your face and look at it. Keep looking at the forefinger and slowly bring the forefinger to the tip of the nose. To facilitate the concentration at the tip of the nose, do the following exercise. Bring the arms out to your sides parallel to the ground, palms up. Breathe for 1-3 minutes. This exercise balances the right and left hemispheres of the brain, which makes it easier to maintain the focus of the two eyes. Focusing the eye at the tip of the nose causes the optic nerves to cross at the third eye; it is easier to bring your mental focus to the third eye while the eyes are directed at the tip of the nose. Both the pineal and the pituitary glands and the area between them are stimulated by this eye posture, which helps in breaking old habits and creating new ones.
BREATHING AND MANTRA
Inhale 4 equal parts through the nose, dividing it into 4 sniffs. Mentally vibrate SA TA NA MA with the four parts of the inhaled breath. Hold the breath and mentally repeat 4 repetitions of SA TA NA MA. Making 16 counts SA TA NA MA SA TA NA MA SA TA NA MA SA TA NA MA. Then exhale in 2 equal strokes, mentally projecting WAHE GURU WAHE GURU means ecstasy. WAHE GURU is the result of integrating SAT NAM into the psyche. When we experience the Truth, we feel ecstasy.
Continue for 11, 15, 22, 31 or even 62 minutes. This meditation will often put you to sleep before the allotted time comes to an end.
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