For some, meditation is an ideal way to prepare for a restful night’s sleep. I can’t think of any other (healthy) practice, save exercising, that relaxes the mind and body enough to invoke a person’s natural healing and rejuvenating process. That said, and it’s a bit counter intuitive, by practicing meditation a person learns to wake up. And by waking up, I mean waking up to a deeper level of consciousness.
Checkout Lianne Kolirin’s recent post in The Jewish Chronicle that discusses how a mindfulness meditation practice can help to positively change your mind. According to Kolirin, using meditation to practice mindfulness calms your mind and makes you more aware of your surroundings. Not to mention boosting your emotions and improving relationships. Kolirin was so inspired that she decided to try it for herself.
As a working mother-of-three, stress has long been a regular feature in my own life. After years of just-about coping, I decided to tackle the issue head-on. Mindfulness for Dummies is a straight-forward and accessible guide, with accompanying CD. Though initially sceptical, I found the book engaging and the guided meditations surprisingly easy to go with. Once I had read up on the basics, I booked on to a course with the author, Shamash Alidina. He got me to imagine a safe, tranquil place. I went with it quite easily and soon felt calm and sleepy. But this is not the idea, according to Alidina.
“Mindfulness is about falling awake rather than asleep. Relaxation is more of a side effect. Mindfulness is about being in the present, taking things one moment at a time and being aware of whatever arises – not creating a pleasant experience,” he says.
Read more about the benefits of mindfulness meditation here.