In the 1980’s I studied The Silva Method and learned about various forms of meditation.
It was a great experience. The practices I learned opened me up to significant levels of success in corporate travel sales and I was able to add some useful tools to my personal life-skills toolbox.
I was studying with a psychic mentor at the time who was helping me to re-frame and understand some of my “crazy” personal experiences. She directed me to Silva Internationals Lifestyle program and it helped me to put things in proper perspective. One of the life skills that I learned was a process I use if I find myself awake in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep.
First, I check in to make sure there is nothing in particular I need to know in the middle of the night. Then, I intentionally let go of any judgement or negative self talk.
- In my minds eye by seeing, sensing or feeling that I imagine a blackboard.
- I write on the blackboard the number 100.
- I literally reach up and actually see my hand reaching up to erase the number.
- Then I write 99.
- Erase 99.
- Erase 98.
- …and continue counting down in the same manner.
- If I loose focus, I intentionally let go of judgement and start over.
- Rarely does it take me more than twice before I am comfortably back asleep.
Sometimes the simplest solutions in life allude us.
If you are having trouble sleeping, give this a try. If you have trouble with focusing call me. Meditation comes in many forms. Anything that connects you to your source energy and gets you back to your center can be called meditative.
Anyone can learn to redirect focus and relax. Meditation can create the space to renew and refresh in a mindful moment. For most of us, nobody took the time to provide us with healthy coping skills so, we get to adulthood with hardly any skills in our toolbox related to stress reduction and healthy living practices. Our culture generally teaches us to judge ourselves harshly for what we can not do and our medical practitioners are more than happy to provide us with happy pills to ease the pain. If, in the middle of the night, you are looking for an alternative to Lunesta, try this refocus process.
Meditation can be a simple and self-sustaining practice that can reap many rewards and it comes in many forms:
- Sitting in silence. The key here is practice. Start with 10 minute sessions and work your way up to 20 minutes. It is well worth the effort. With practice, the time will come when you will merge with Divine Mind and truly feel peace.
- Visualization. This is a great place to begin, because it gives your mind something to do. Many authors and topics are available for purchase on CD. When you start, keep it positive and light.
- Breath Meditation. Always a simple and effective way to cultivate the internal awareness, simply focus on your breath. Notice the inhalation, breathing in through your nose and the expansion of the chest as your breath fills the space. Then pay attention to the exhalation, the sacred release through the mouth as you expel the energy.
Movement meditation. Running, dancing, walking, swimming, cycling or anything that unites you with the sacred, can be considered a form of meditation. If it removes you from the mundane and introduces you to the profound, you are in an “altered state” of consciousness.
Yoga. This can be self-taught, through a DVD practice or by working with a qualified teacher. It is a combination of breathing and movement that can allow one to appreciate their mind, body, spirit connection in a new and glorious way.
Please, give me a call if I assist you in resting easy.