Of all the benefits it brings, the fact that meditation can help you sleep is right up there. I don’t need to tell you how important that is.
As you lay in bed, shifting to get your body right, your mind running loops about whatever… it’s frustrating, I get it.
Sleep is one of the key functions in your day. It pays to get it right, since it improves literally everything else. But you don’t have to master meditation. I mean, you should – it’ll bring other benefits too. You don’t have to, though.
That’s because a few simple tricks will help you rest well each night.
The first technique is to focus on your breathing. Observe what it feels like to inhale and exhale.
Then there’s a body scan. Notice the sensations in your head, then your neck, then chest, down to your feet.
Then there’s observing your own thoughts. Instead of thinking about how you can’t fall sleep, watch yourself think those thoughts and see what that’s like.
Body, breath and mind – a rich and soothing world.
But you might already know these tricks. Many people talk about them (because they’re great). If you’re reading this, though, you probably want something better.
Because what if you’ve tried those and they didn’t work for you?
Then I want you to think of a warm bath. Not because it’s relaxing – though that’s a damn fine reason on its own. The reason to imagine a tub full of hot, steamy water is because it reminds me of a great meditation technique.
This simple and powerful process helps you learn meditation faster. Yep, even if you’ve struggled with it in the past. I’m not saying it’s easy – it takes discipline and practice to master. It’s worth the effort, though.
Especially because you can use this meditation to sleep more easily.
I don’t guarantee results with this one. All I’ll say is it has a habit of working when nothing else will. And even if it doesn’t, you’ll feel a lot nicer as you lie there.
You can learn it quickly.
(Not many people teach it, though.)
It’s one of the many meditation troubleshooting techniques described in Your Mind Inside. There’s a huge section on what to do when nothing else is working. Not only will these styles help you meditate, you’ll enjoy nice side effects like a good night’s sleep.
The second step is to practice all the exercises.
The first step?
Well, that lies beyond this here link: